Nessebar and back

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Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach

The last day of our trip began in Nessebar. This is a village in an area that exists for tourists. It is so touristy that the area is literally called “Sunny Beach” by the locals. Nessebar is a fortress on a headland and it is amazing. We walked around many of the ruins and Angol explained their significance. At one point we entered St Stephen

The photo we were not allowed to take

The photo we were not allowed to take

Church. We had been warned that to take photos cost 4 Leva. If you did not pay and the lady caught you she would make a huge fuss and demand the 4 Leva. Inside it was a hoot. She watched everyone like a hawk. All 17 of us all at once. She was all over anyone who even looked like touching a camera. Anna and I left the main area early and this caused her a problem. She was sure I was up to no good but

Anna and our Pilot, Piotr

Anna and our Pilot, Piotr

how to watch me and the others at the same time? Rather than tease her too much we went outside.

Nessebar is lovely but it is a bit of a tourist trap. Anna bought a hair scrunchy for 1 Lev. Later she saw the same item in a bag of 6 for 1 Lev. 50 cents badly spent.

Folk Dancing

Folk Dancing

From Nessebar we travelled back up the coast to Varna and the same hotel. This time Anna and I went swimming in the Black Sea. It was a very pleasant experience with clear water at about 26C. Unfortunately there was a nude beach immediately adjacent to ours. Four elderly males were letting it all hang out. Not pretty.

In the evening we were taken to a local restaurant. The wine and Rakia flowed freely. Bulgaria produces good grog. After the lovely meal we were entertained by Gypsies, dancers and musicians. Towards the end we were invited to join in. Anna was on a conga line

And we all fall down

And we all fall down

and the MC managed to make them all fall over, much to our amusement. We were then invited to another area where some people danced with bare feet on hot coals. At one point they carried small children. Not really my style of entertainment.

We departed for Krakow at 6.30am the following morning. Anna and I agreed that this was the best Itaka tour we have done. Bulgaria is still unspoiled, the food and wine is good and the Lev gives very good value for money.