Ventura Boutique Hotel
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... had I not been expecting fruit and nuts! Will be playing it very safe tomorrow!
We decided to sign up to 'Pam's Tours' today and drive further north up to Kaliakra and then back via Queen Maria's Palace at Balchik. This being Bulgaria, we didn't really know what to expect, but knowing we could blame Pam if it all went wrong was a comfort!
All good on the way there - even spotted the turnoff to the palace for the return journey.
Kaliakra is a peninsula ...
Breakfast alone today as Jerry not feeling great. I took reading material and had a lovely time tucking into the buffet. No Igor, just a smiley girl who kept refilling my tea and orange juice and said I should take a plate of breakfast up to my husband. Which I did, and it made a modest lunch for two!
Already planning tomorrow morning's assault on breakfast buffet.
Amidst the yoghurt, fruit, smoked salmon etc, I ...
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 ...
... inside, but then realised I only had a short-sleeved top on, so I decided to come back later, or tomorrow, instead. We walked through a flower market along one side of the cathedral, past a couple of antiques stalls round the front and then through a fruit, vegetable & flower market lining the pavement of the street in front of our hostel.
After dropping off the postcards and fridge magnets we'd bought at Pobiti Kamani, ...
... 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 ...