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Friday, 23 June 2017

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  or email info@gobg.co.uk

Thursday, 22 June 2017

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 Dionysius, 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 Nymphaeum or Water Temple: the fake Greco-Roman ornamental pool in the former Romanian Summer Palace:


A water feature from the Palace


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

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 7

As part of our occasional series showcasing Balchik, Bulgaria; here is a nice example of the inter-war architecture of the town.This building is located in Old Balchik, on the way up to the Town Hall.

This building, as with most of the older parts of the town, dates from the period when Balchik and the South Dobrudja region, in general, was under Romanian rule (1919-1940). Balchik became the administrative centre for the area.

A traditional 19th-century building in Balchik

Balchik, of course, has changed rapidly, particularly since the 21st Century, when a lot of new investment has taken place, not only many new hotels, but also renovated buildings such as the Port Building which was completed in July 2015, and will provide for a Museum of the Sea and 300 seat restaurant.

For more information about Balchik email info@gobg.co.uk

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 3

Waterfall in the Palace



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 on to 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 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 5

The Palace and Beach


Balchik is located 45km North of Varna.A bright, historic place.

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

Top 10 Places to Visit in Plovdiv - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Top 10 Places to Visit in Plovdiv - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Located just an hours drive from Sofia, Plovdiv has many delightful places to visit,, not least the Roman and Greek archaeological sites and a superb Opera Festival in July.

Monday, 19 June 2017

PM Boyko Borisov Refuses to Мeet with Russian Deputy - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

PM Boyko Borisov Refuses to Мeet with Russian Deputy - Novinite.com - Sofia News Ag

Russian MP Anatoly Karpov suggests it is from Byzantium, hugely controversial.




Balchik Villa for Sale 58,000 Euro's.4 beds, pool and garage.

This is a delightful 4 bedroom villa in the Sborno Miasto villa zone in Balchik. The villa is on two levels with a bathroom/WC on each.

Three bedrooms are located on the upper floor and a fourth bedroom is on the lower floor, with the lounge and kitchen.

The property is in good condition.There is a garden and patio outside, plus an 8x5m pool and a large garage.

The views are towards the forest, with some sea view.


The Beach in front of the Royal Palace

Balchik harbour is 5 minutes away, and the area is very popular with foreign buyers.Varna airport is 50 minutes by car. 

Contact: info@gobg.co.uk or visit www.gobg.co.uk for further info.

View of the Villa from the Road

The mayor of Balchik reward for successful management of Black Sea municipality - 19/06/2017 - Regional - News from Dobrich

AirHelp airline ranking: Bulgaria Air is last on the list | The Sofia Globe

AirHelp airline ranking: Bulgaria Air is last on the list | The Sofia Globe:

Notoriously poor service and complaints processing are dire.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Grenfell Towers, London Fire.A Comment.

A  very good comment on London now.Torn apart by rich and poor, a tale of two cities.The reckoning begins...



Best Short Film, music and guest - surprise finale of In The Palace | Culture | OFFNews.bg

Best Short Film, music and guest - surprise finale of In The Palace | Culture | OFFNews.bg:

Great festival in Balchik, Bulgaria. There is a huge amount of culture in Balchik: from the Palace to art galleries to the Temple of Kibela. Three thousand years of history.

The main summer house in the Palace Complex

Good Grain Harvest Expected by Ministry of Agriculture - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Good Grain Harvest Expected by Ministry of Agriculture - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Bulgaria has a huge agricultural sector particularly in grain, sunflower oil etc

Wizz Air to Launch 2 New Flights from Sofia in 2018 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Wizz Air to Launch 2 New Flights from Sofia in 2018 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

More flights from Varna to the UK, please.

Despite charter flights and a new service from Easyjet, prices in July are still high.For example, in early July it is £114 one way from Luton-Varna with Wizzair and Gatwick-Varna (with Easyjet) is the same.


Friday, 16 June 2017

Hotline for complaints and allegations in tourism and noise in restaurants - 06/16/2017 - Tourism - news Dobrich

Low wages drove willing to work on the sea

Low wages drove willing to work on the sea:



As I have frequently written, wages for resort staff are awful. As the article says they wait for untrained school kids to staff the bars and hotels.

Begins the rehabilitation of road II-29 - Varna-Dobrich-border Romania - 16/06/2017 - Other - news Dobrich

Begins the rehabilitation of road II-29 - Varna-Dobrich-border Romania - 16/06/2017 - Other - news Dobrich:

So basically the Varna-Dobrich section.Do not know where the Romania bit comes in.


Parliament Rejects Proposed Majority Voting System - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Parliament Rejects Proposed Majority Voting System - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Bulgarian Parliament
Majority voting, a form of first past the post, would provide stable government, but small parties will not like it as, unless regionally strong, they would be wiped out