Yes, that’s right! What are you just reading is true! In November I went back to the Bulgarian
seaside – at Sunny Beach as usual. The weather was
simply fantastic! At noon the temperature
raised above 20 degrees, so we could drink our beers outside in the garden wearing only t-shirts.
The journey was a little bit exhausting for the reason that we traveled by car. The starting point was Cologne, then we passed through Franconia,
Austria, Vienna, Hungary and Romania to reach at
the end Bulgaria. We crossed the Danube river in Ruse and then we took the road to Varna with final destination Sunny
We spent the night here
And got our drinks
As I expected, the journey through Franconia, Austria and Hungary ran without any problems because of the highways they have. You know, the good roads "save" kilometres. I was a little bit afraid of crossing Romania, but there was no reason to be worried at all! The roads (actually only at the end a highway) were in
good condition and there were motels everywhere along the way. Some of the landscapes we saw were really charming. I’m a
huge fan of Bulgaria but I need to confess that often Romanian villages are cleaner and more well-arranged than those in Bulgaria. That’s the truth.
In fact nothing really interesting
happened at Sunny Beach this season. Almost everything
was closed. However, some places like the
Condor bar, Ganny, the Zarya hotel & restaurant, the Memory hotel & restaurantand the Fara were open.
Typically for the winter
season the beach was empty too. But it seemed there was a work in progress. The
booths near Dune were down-and-out, the „Corner“ near „Kuban“ too. What will happen here next season – we’ll see…
This is the place
where the „Corner“ used to be
We stayed at the „Zarya“ hotel. It’s located in front of the bus station entrance and respectively only few metres away from „Condor“.
It is amodest hotel with a restaurant, mostly visited by Bulgarians. The restaurant offered Bulgarian
dishes and drinks at low prices. In the evening we enjoyed Bulgarian live
music. I really liked this place for this reason.
From left to right: Stely, Gyulche and Niki
This is the typical Bulgarian folk dance called „horo“
I was thrilled by the Bulgarian live music (mostly Chalga)!
The man with the black jacket you see on
the picture was so astonished! His name is Nasko and we’ve known each other for some years. He could expect everything
but not meeting me in November, out of the season, in a Bulgarian restaurant at
Sunny Beach. He entered into the restaurant and when he saw me, he stopped, then looked at me once again and he got completely gobsmacked! And of course, how you
can imagine, we celebrated our
unexpected meeting with a few beers.
In Kotel we visited Stancho, Tonka and their daughter Julia. Peter and Didi knew them from Sunny Beach. First we took some drinks all together at the square in the front of the municipality
building. Then we went to their flat where we were feasted
like kings. We got to know also the granny who proudly showed us the pictures from her youth. What of amusing hours
we spent there!
On the way to Kotel
Entering the town of Kotel
A view from the window of the sitting room
At the square in the front of the municipality building
From left to right: Tonka, Didi, Stancho and Peter
Didi and the granny
Peter and Julia
Of course we met also other friends of ours. I had a coffee with Toshko in „Djanny“ and I had a pizza with Snezha in „King Kong“ in Nessebar. We visited Kalin in his village. Several times we
met Penny and Ivan and her family as well.
with Snezha in „King Kong“
Penny’s parents Nikolai and Ani
Penny and Ivan
With Zhorzh and his dog
brother Koko liked the little dog too
A little bit disguised
Underthe incredibly blue sky and over 20 degrees Celsius we enjoyed the port of Sveti Vlas and Elenite.