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... of Queen Victoria and married, at 17, to the Crown Prince of Romania. At the time she visited Balchik and fell in love with it, the town was in the southern part of Romania. She was quite an artist and writer and made the town a sort of artisan hub. When she died in 1938 in Siniya in Romania, her heart was returned to the chapel in Balchik for burial.
The palace is quite small, but her apartment - well - not grand at all, but sooo pretty with lovely windows looking out across ...
... the recreation of a very wealthy noble's burial place from the late 5th millenium BC with many golden artefacts including a gold penis sheath - well, who could resist?!
We only managed one floor before 'museum overload' kicked in, but well worth £2:50 each. (If only for the sheath!)
Then back to hotel for lunch (aka Jerry's breakfast) and packing of beach stuff. Lounger, umbrella, sun, sea, sand .... So sorry ...
However, onward to Varna. We didn't expect to come across much en route so the lovely coastal scenery was a bonus. Green fields on cliffs above deep blue sea - it felt very Greek. There were even considerable stretches without that old Bulgarian favourite - dense trees that block any views of anything apart from more trees.
So the drive was beautiful, and we stopped in a tiny place called Kamchiya which is on a river ...
... the main road that passes by the docks. We carried on until we reached the beach, but on the way there we passed by some smaller Roman baths of which we could view everything from the pavement. The road was on our right and the baths remains were on our left.
We both paddled in the sea, but due to the sheer bone-chilling cold of it, neither of us swam. That was the coldest sea I'd ever been in, including the sea in New Zealand! ...
... out of the sand, some several metres tall, some a bit shorter. Most are hollow; some have fallen over and broken into smaller sections, so you can see all the way through them. There have been differing theories over the years about how the columns came to be; one is that they are sand and limestone concretions, left standing after the softer sedimentary rock around them gradually weathered away over a period ...