Konnie left to return to the US – to family, friends, and work. The remainder of the team met up with Martin’s family in Sofia, and began the long trip across the country to Varna. On the way, the caravan made a detour to Burdarski Geran, where Martin’s wife Anna was born and raised, and where her parents still live.
We left Burdarski Geran and moved on toward the sea and Varna. One of the main roads was closed, so what was to be a five-hour trip became an eight-hour trip! However, after all that wonderful food, sleeping was the order of the day!
We arrived in Varna after dark, and were able, at first light, to see the wonderful Black Sea, which made it well worth the trip! One of the orphanages is about two kilometers from the hotel, and we plan to make a visit on Tuesday. Can’t wait!
The property is separated into Villas, and surrounded by a view of the sea and lots of greenery. After World War II, Bulgaria recovered the land, and the Prime Minister turned it into a summer home. Today, however, it appears the property is used by the University with oversight of the gardens and tourism.
There is a unique plan for watering the castle gardens, with water flowing down the property as it is set into the hill, down to the sea. There is a “bridge of sighs” where the waterfall begins the downhill watering process.
We then finished the evening off at a mussel farm. This farm/restaurant is known as Dalboka, and is set into the hill outside of Kavarna. It is situated in the sea about 40 kilometers from the Romanian border on the last of the Bulgarian coastline, in that direction. This farm, which began in 1993, specializes in the cultivation and production of ecologically clean Black Sea mussels.
It was my first time to eat mussels, and I must say it was a most tasty experience! We will get “back to business” tomorrow, and hope to finish the planning process and prepare for our visit to the orphanages.