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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 ...
... though - I could practically hear those duelling banjos!
Then we we drove along the beach for a while - probably a couple of miles of beautiful sand (good for walking Aly) with half a dozen people on it. Completely unspoilt, and I was quite relieved that it didn't live up to the guide book description that says it's a favourite with nudists - no x-rated photos today. Phew!
Then on to Varna which is much bigger than I had expected and ...
... 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! ...
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 ...