Travel to Bulgaria
• Travel to Bulgaria
After a cool and rainy Norway, I went to sunny Bulgaria. Firstly, I have long wanted to see the Bulgarian resorts. Secondly, recently more and more often I think about the house on the coast for a quiet old age. Plan the purchase, of course, too early, but we can begin to explore options and locations. Oh, and thirdly, Bulgaria became my 91 th country in the list of visited states.
So, the first city, which will be discussed - Nessebar. A small resort town located on a rocky peninsula coast of Bulgaria.
The first thing that has left a good impression - friendly and open locals. Arrogance, which can often be found on the Black Sea coast from our side is not here. I met one of the cooks in a local restaurant. Uncle Joro, cheerful man. Grass stories that, well, actually, he is a KGB colonel, two days ago talked with Putin and received from him a new job. The legend seems to have been on duty and invented for the amusement of Russian tourists. I'm not sure that everyone will find a witty references, but oh well ...
The coast at sunset:
Nessebar - a peninsula measuring 850 by 300 meters, connected to the mainland by a thin isthmus. On the stands the old town peninsula. He is under the protection of UNESCO and is among the hundred national tourist sites. The first name of the city - Messambria.
At one time, in Nessebar it is located more than 40 churches, it was the religious center of Bulgaria. However, there were more temples of mercantile reasons - they were built rich with the hope that by doing so they will provide a place in paradise. Still, the city had the right to mint its own silver coin:
Once dozens of mills worked in Nessebar. Today, there are only two, and that both monuments. One of them (the mill of the 19th century) located at the entrance to the city:
Souvenir shops fill the majority of narrow streets:
In the evening, there are going to rest with the neighboring resort "Sunny Beach", and then in Nessebar "boils" nightlife:
House seats are so close friends with each other that their mistress can pass the salt without going outside:
Funny grilles on the windows:
One of the central squares:
A ruined church of St. Sophia. Building dates back to V-VI century and it is assumed that this is where the city began to grow. Preserved marble slab, which in Greek is written, "And let my cry come to you":
Iran Baptist Church. Modest in appearance, it was built from all that was at hand - the river stones and rubble:
St. Stephen's Church. It is associated with such a story: the local rich that financed the construction, asked the artist to capture themselves on some frescoes in the countenances of the saints. He complied with the request, and in the morning, when the church was opened, they saw that the face of sponsors disappeared with frescoes. These same saints were untouched. Many of these frescoes have survived until now - more than 1000 images in 258 compositions, which show scenes of evangelical legends:
Church of Christ Pantocrator (14th century). For many years it was in an art gallery, but now Nessebar cards museum. This is the most beautiful of the surviving churches. It has appeared the first elements of the dome. This saves even pagan symbols: for example, the swastika on the right corner of the church:
One of the oldest maps in the museum:
The Church of Saint Paraskeva. The facades are in ceramic-plastic style. Green glaze - a local feature, the artists took this element embroidery sundresses 13th century:
The only functioning church in Nessebar - Church of the Holy Virgin. On the feast of the Assumption of the hundreds of people come to venerate the icon of the Black Virgin, which is considered miraculous and helps to heal from illness. In gratitude, people leave the icon of personal belongings:
Please note: UNESCO prohibited to make changes to the facades of the Bulgarian Revival houses, while inside you can do anything. If you look closely, there's a good repair and new layout.
Houses constructed as follows: the first floor of stone, there are stored utensils and barrels of wine. The second floor is wooden, it is habitable. The roof is covered with red tiles:
stall with pink souvenir:
Saul Sharena - multi-colored salt with spices. Very aromatic:
Bulgarians are very proud of their wine, but I can not say anything. When I drink wine, try the Bulgarian somehow it was not possible. Local Brand Nessebar wine (from left to right): almond, red Moor, wild raspberries from Rose Valley, blended white. Maybe someone tried it?
Fig. Bulgarians make him a tasty jam and national drink Raki:
Wild geranium - Toast. In all Orthodox and family holidays it is used to decorate the house. Bouquets of geraniums, are one of the essential elements of the wedding ceremony:
In Bulgaria found a lot of species of fish:
Restaurants usually do not concentrate inside the city, and on the coast overlooking the sea. Here are some of them. Restaurant Robinson:
The pleasant surroundings. This is the entrance to the cellar guilty:
Fresh seafood. You can choose the fish, it was immediately prepare for you. Local flounder, mussels and shrimp, the rest is imported. Everywhere offer sharks:
An example of what is served at restaurants:
Pier Nessebar overlooking the resort "Sunny Beach". On the one hand the strong wind ...
... and on the other hand the absolute calm: