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... of Ottoman warriors. I don't know what the ottomans might have done with them, but they wouldn't have been flattered by the monument that stands on the peninsula!
So had a lovely breezy walk along and back (clear blue skies and mid 20's temp - sorry) then drove back via coffee in Kavarna (getting quite hooked on iced coffee now) to Balchik.
Well - what a lovely surprise!!!! Parked the car and, having run the gamut of fridge magnet, wind chime and strange ...
... all) and toilet seats (even the Romans didn't have the soft close version).
And an advantage of the poor marketing, there were only about 2 other people there. So how did I manage to get both of them in my photos??? Give it 10 years and some EU funding and I bet this place will be on the map.
On to the Arch. Museum via tourist info (took us ages to find, but made a new friend in the process) where we picked up ...
... which I'm sure I read was IN the sea gardens is actually on a busy main road. Hmmmm - it's lovely, and the staff couldn't be nicer, but we'll see if it quietens down overnight.
Anyway, we borrowed the hotel bikes and spent the afternoon cycling along the beach and back through the gardens. It's absolutely delightful. There are busy stretches of beach with noisy bars etc, but also quiet, uncommercialised stretches. One of which we sat on ...
... was very clear and looked very inviting - shame it wasn't September or early October really, as I've been reliably told by people who have visited it then that the sea is very warm at that time of year; like bath water, apparently!
After staying on the beach for a while, we moved on to the park a bit further along. Primorski Park is right next to the beach and was lovely to stroll around. We passed by the Naval Museum - it ...
This morning we went on an excursion to a wonderful set of geological formations about 18km from Varna; Pobiti Kamani, the Stone Forest. My sister Kate visited it a week ago and went into ecstasies about it, so we simply had to go too. It was just as fantastic as I expected!
Despite what its name indicates, Pobiti Kamani is not actually a petrified forest. It consists of groups of light grey, rugged stone ...