Thu 12 May 2011 16:30
Its GR8 to have the car back! We have driven down the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. We got lucky last night, we drove into the first camp site inside the border and were given a field all to ourselves right next to the beach. To our left were picturesque fishing boats, and to our right a wildlife reserve full of birdlife. The bird and amphibian noises at night were music to our ears after weeks of city traffic, and at sunset the sky was filled with house martins.
So we thought camping in Bulgaria was going to be a breeze, but we have just driven all day almost to the Turkish border and not managed to find a campsite open. There was one with a rubbish tip on the beach and an army of hungry looking husky dogs on guard. There were lots of half finished high rise blocks. But no campsite. But we have got lucky again, we have arriv ed in Sozopol which has a charming old town and we are in a really nice, cheap hotel with a restaurant, overlooking the black sea. We have a nice bottle of Bulgarian red wine and the sun is going down. So on that note we will say do svidania (we are still in Russian speaking territory â in fact we found out that the Bulgarians invented Cyrillic script and taught it to the Russians! The local joke goes: Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire for 500 years and that collapsed, then we had the Nazis and the Russians and they collapsed, so watch out EU!)