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... on the right between tee and green. It's a carry of about a hundred and twenty yards that way. There's a dry land route to the left with a bunker at the top of the slope guarding the entrance that way. Guy encourages his opponent to aim left, not wanting her to suffer the disappointment of a splash. She takes her recovery-weapon (with which she's formed a bag-like relationship), announces that she's aiming left and hits the ball firmly ...
... The palace isn't really a palace at all. It's more a beautifully designed retreat house, superbly grafted into the cliff-face with some stunning walled and terraced gardens extending on all sides and above/below the house. Built in the twenties (Romania were awarded this bulge of the Bulgarian coastline as a reward for belatedly joining the right side in WW1) for Queen Maria of Romania, a grand-daughter of Victoria, the house became the centre of Romanian high social-life in ...
... a sort of crazy school dining room with all manner of oddities in steaming bowls or cold platters on offer. We decide that we really have to try to play golf here before we leave. But first things first... tomorrow we're going to explore Balchik and Varna. Balchik is reputed to be lovely and used to be the holiday residence of the Romanian royal family in the late nineteenth century. Romania lost Balchik to Bulgaria before ...
... for that price.
So, we were pleasant to meet other party-people and having awesome nights with them.
I also went to Varna, 1. to go shopping in the Grand Mall (highly recommendable) and 2. to have a walk in the park. I wasn't that impressed; it was nice.
... certainly didn't get any culture. But we did see a little of the countryside from the bus window. The bus stopped a few times en route; mostly for the driver to have a fag break or buy live chickens that he'd later drop off with a friend, so random, so we caught a glimpse of some of the small towns, all seemingly in a desperate state of repair with pot-holes everywhere and quite a lot of graffiti. As we crossed the border however ...