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... as a backdrop. We had a delightful vegetarian dinner followed by more meandering when we found and bought some beautiful Bulgarian pottery with lovely earthy robust colours.
Sun 14th: Early morning swim in the Black Sea then on to Istanbul.
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Our first stop is Nessebar, a quiet little port in Bulgaria. The seaside town is a mix of old and new. On one side of the harbor we see modern hotels and, on the other, there are remnants of buildings from the Roman period. We walk thru the older section with its quaint shops and rough cobblestone streets. It's a little warm and humid out, so we walk down and dip our feet in the cool Black Sea. We stay in town until 1:00 and then head back ...
... We are optimistic that it will be a quick and painless experience. We are wrong.
*We are forced to pay a fine for the second time of our trip – the first one being paid in Slovakia a few days ago. Romanian officials ask us to produce a Vignette receipt – basically proof that we have paid road tax whilst in Romania. Apparently we should have bought a valid vignette at the border where we entered Romania. We actually crossed into Romania at ...
Highlights that come to mind are Jamie's pants being blown off the line during the night. Then in the morning heading out to the market to buy a fishing rod to reel them back in and succeeding!
Going on a dodgy banana boat for the first time and finding ourselves surrounded by jellyfish while we fought to hold on for dear life.
Managing to haggle when drunk for one piece of Donner meat
Managing to balance on someones ...
... I think the first border guard we came to was asleep. It took us about 1.30hrs to get through with most of the discussion on the Turkish side. Officials are continually confused, not surprisingly perhaps, by the Export Plates and car registration. They clearly couldn't find the car in their system and we got passed around four guys until one who did something the others did not, and the only one could speak ...