Sunday, 23 November 2014

Bulgaria Should Be Year-Round Tourist Destination – Minister - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria Should Be Year-Round Tourist Destination – Minister - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Risky cities: red equals danger in Bucharest, Europe's earthquake capital | Cities | The Guardian

Risky cities: red equals danger in Bucharest, Europe's earthquake capital | Cities | The Guardian:


5.6 earthquake in Vrancea - Romania rocked northeastern Bulgaria Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich

5.6 earthquake in Vrancea - Romania rocked northeastern Bulgaria Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich:



As you can see the earthquake was felt in Bulgaria too.I enclose an article about the deadly 1977 earthquake from the same epicentre.As you can see this is nowhere near as bad:

1977 Vrancea earthquake

The 1977 Vrancea Earthquake occurred on Friday, 4 March 1977, 21:20 local time and was felt throughout the Balkans. It had a magnitude of 7.2 and its epicenter in Vrancea (in the Eastern Carpathians) at a depth of 94 kilometers.

The earthquake killed about 1,578 people, of which only 1,424 in Bucharest, and wounded more than 11,300.

Among the victims was the Romanian actor Toma Caragiu.

About 35,000 buildings were damaged, and the direct loss was estimated at more than two billion dollars. Most of the damage was concentrated in Romania's capital, Bucharest, where about 33 large buildings collapsed. Most of those buildings were built before World War II, and were not reinforced. Many of the historic buildings that collapsed were not rebuilt; instead, the land was cleared for the building of the Palace of the Parliament. After the earthquake, the Romanian government imposed tougher construction standards. (source Wikipedia)


Foreign Office condemned for failing Britons in need of help | Politics | The Observer

Foreign Office condemned for failing Britons in need of help | Politics | The Observer:

Uncle's Comment: Certainly the anecdotal evidence is that the Foreign Office is much less helpful than other Embassies.The withdrawal of Consular services from Sofia to Dusseldorf, was an expensive inconvenience.Now services are centred in the UK.With the swingeing Coalition cuts the F.O. is an easy target.It is Brits abroad who pay the price. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 5




Here are two views of the main Palace building.In fact the Palace is really a complex of several buildings, including a chapel.As you can see the tower looks a little bit like a minaret, and the architectural styles are a blend of East and West.

On a more personal note, the story goes that Queen Marie used the palace for liaisons with a Turkish lover.That of course is history, but the Palace is an enduring tribute to her love of Balchik, and is her legacy.For further information about Balchik; e mail info@gobg.co.uk . For property in the area visit www.gobg.co.uk

Bulgaria to Offer Combined Tour Packages with Neighboring Balkan Countries - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria to Offer Combined Tour Packages with Neighboring Balkan Countries - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Beautiful Balchik,Bulgaria - Part 4





This is a brilliant montage of the palace and gardens in Balchik.This is a stunning town and you can buy a holiday home here from as little as 13,000 Euro's in a neighbouring village or 50,000 Euro's in the town.www.gobg.co.uk 

Camera Interviews - Queen Marie Of Rumania, At Home (1934)





Here is the Queen of Romania at Bran Castle in Transylvania.For new readers she is the Queen associated with the Palace in Balchik,Bulgaria. For more information e mail info@gobg.co.uk

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 3




Here is the Waterfall within the Palace complex.The Palace and its gardens were designed by the Russian Tsars designers, some of the best in Europe.Everything in the complex was started in 1926 and completed in 1937.Remember that this part of Bulgaria was awarded to Romania in 1919 as a reward for their part on the Allied side (Queen Marie of Romania was instrumental in bringing Romania onto the war).In 1940 Hitler gave the region back to Bulgaria as a reward for its pro-Axis stance.Queen Marie's heart was buried in the Palace and was removed back to Bran Castle in Romania.

The Palace remains the centrepiece of the tourist industry in Balchik, and is popular with a variety of nationalities, but especially Romanians. For more information on Balchik e mail info@gobg.co.uk 

7 Bulgarian Districts under Code Orange Weather Alert over Heavy Rain - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

7 Bulgarian Districts under Code Orange Weather Alert over Heavy Rain - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Germany Worried about Russian Influence in the Balkans - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germany Worried about Russian Influence in the Balkans - SPIEGEL ONLINE:




Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 2





A nice overview of the Palace Gardens and the area surrounding (though not the best of weather).More information on this and much more in the next instalment.For further news on Balchik e mail info@gobg.co.uk

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 1

This is the first in a regular series of articles related to the historic harbour town of Balchik.The town itself dates back into antiquity and was originally known as Dionysis, after the Greek God of Food and Wine.Still to this day you can see the ruins of the Temple of Kibella (Sybil) and several other examples of Greco-Roman history here.For our picture today we feature the fake Greco-Roman ornamental pool in the former Romanian Summer Palace:



A place of peace and tranquility, overlooking the Black Sea, the Palace complex attracts thousands of visitors every year. For more information about Balchik please e mail info@gobg.co.uk

Who Is Who: Klaus Iohannis, the New President of Romania - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Who Is Who: Klaus Iohannis, the New President of Romania - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Monday, 17 November 2014

Balchik Bulgaria's Black Sea Pearl.New Property from 27,000 Euro.Village Property from 13,000 Euro

Balchik is the hidden gem of the North Black Sea coast, located just 45 minutes from Varna airport  and 3 hours from Bucharest it offers beautiful scenery, hot summer weather and very cheap property 

Check out our website www.gobg.co.uk please send us an e mail at info@gobg.co.uk to get all the best offers, or simply tell us what you want we will simply go out and find it for you.Our service is personal to your needs.





Home Memorial turns purple Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Home Memorial turns purple Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies:



This is to raise money for breathing apparatus for premature babies.

Klaus Iohannis wins Romanian presidential election | World news | The Guardian

Klaus Iohannis wins Romanian presidential election | World news | The Guardian:



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Romania’s Presidential Candidates Tied in Run-off Vote – Exit Polls - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Romania’s Presidential Candidates Tied in Run-off Vote – Exit Polls - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Replace street lights in Balchik Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Replace street lights in Balchik Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies:



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Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Asks Parliament to Strip 5 MPs of Immunity - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Ministry Denies 'Financial Correction' over Bulgaria’s Controversial Tourism Logo - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Ministry Denies 'Financial Correction' over Bulgaria’s Controversial Tourism Logo - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: It is said that the new logo bears a strong resemblance to the Kazakhstan tourism logo.See for yourself:







Veliko Tarnovo Hoteliers Are Most Hospitable In Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Piccadilly, Carrefour Supermarkets To Merge In Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Piccadilly, Carrefour Supermarkets To Merge In Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Bulgaria's Grape Harvest Is In Bad Shape - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Balchik To Invest BGN 1.16M In Tourism Development - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Balchik To Invest BGN 1.16M In Tourism Development - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:


Uncle's Comment: A lot of the announcement is simply a rehash of what they did last year; in terms of festivals etc.What is lacking is an integrated tourism strategy: such as regular tour guides,promoting Balchik as a conference destination, eco tourism, golf tourism.

President Plevneliev: High Time to Tell Truth about Bulgaria's Past - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

President Plevneliev: High Time to Tell Truth about Bulgaria's Past - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Monday, 10 November 2014

Five people were injured after a collision of tram and bus in Sofia - Society

Appeal for donations for breathing equipment for newborn babies in Dobrich

We at Uncle Bulgaria Blog are very happy to publish this charity appeal. Please support generously.

"Today neonatology unit at "Hospital Dobrich" launched a donation campaign, "You can save lives." Its goal is to raise funds to purchase breathing apparatus.

The device is life-saving and vital for the treatment of newborns and infants who are without self-contained breathing after birth.

This device will save the lives of many children from Dobrich Dobrich, assure medics ward for newborns. And calling "A chance for life to return the smiles of mothers!"  

 Bank account: "Hospital Dobrich" AD

 Bank: CCB grad. Dobrich

 IBAN: BG40CECB979010E2734702

 BANK CODE: CECBBGSF

- See more at: http://dobrich.topnovini.bg/node/552682#sthash.qmtRErZC.DNpb5NkR.dpuf"

Baldrik's war poem - The German Guns (Greek subs)