is a small country on the Balkan Peninsula right on the Black Sea Coast,
which has just 8,5 million inhabitants. Nevertheless a multitude of cultural
historical treasures, unique in the world, bears witness to a great past
in the course of which Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Osman conquerors ruled
over the country for centuries and left behind their traces. But still
Bulgaria has cultivated and preserved its original Slav culture.
the sights the mediaeval city of Nessebar
is a jewel and a must. The 2500 years old city has been on the World Heritage
List of the UNESCO since 1983. Located on a small peninsula
of the Black Sea the delightful tourist spot yearly attracts a million
visitors. The romantic place has cast a spell on us since we visited it
for the first time in 1991 and we'll certainly return whenever we
have a chance.
its numerous tourist attractions Bulgaria is a poor country and many, many
people live under the poverty line. The villagers mainly live on what they
raise and preserve almost everything, even meat. As a tour group we were
traditionally welcomed with bread and salt. The hosts had put on their
traditional clothes, entertained us with home- baked cake and showed us
their plain furnished homes. After that they took us on a ride in their
horse and donkey carriages. Our donkey did a good job and even passed some
horse carriages - just for fun.....
the evenings we sat on the balcony or on the hotel terrace drinking wine
and often went for a stroll. The nights are mild and there are numerous
beautiful, rustic, open air taverns and restaurants, where one can have
a romantic evening under vine trellises, by good
wine and local dishes or enjoy traditional dances with colourful, elaborate
The Bulgarian cooking is similar to the Greek and Turkish - hearty,
but not hot. We had booked "all inclusive" and all day we enjoyed a great
variety of local and international dishes, desserts, cake and ice cream
as well as raw vegetables and fruits in abundance and of course the
good wine.... We revelled in that all very much and felt as if we were
on cloud nine!