We are leaving Varna now for our last stop before going home, taking a taxi down to Nessebar. We had planned to take the bus but we had just missed the 10.30 to Nessebar and the driver of the bus to Sunny Beach did not like the look of our bags ans it began to look as if we were to have a two hour and uncertain wait on our hands. Time for some quick thinking and within five minutes we were in this taxi with an english speaking ex-seaman who is married to a Russian and loves his country. He was very happy to hear about all the places we had visited. He has a few seaman's tattooes but has kept his body hair!
We drive through woods and past vineyards and sunflower fields, whilst the road signs tell us that horses and carts are not allowed on the road, which although a pity, is quite understandable.
Highlight of Varna was the archaeological museum, where they displayed many of the golden treasures of the Thracians who lived around Varna about 7,000 years ago, the pieces being the oldest examples of worked gold ever found. One of the displays was the grave of a Thracian chieftan with all the gold in place as it would have been on his body, a magnifient helmet, a golden rod, necklace, discs on his knees and a covering for his penis!.
After the Thracians came the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans. A very rich history.
Nessebar, a peninsula, also has a rich history and should feature some lovely old Bulgarian style houses and it is attached to what promises to be an extremely gaudy strip of coastline called Sunny Beach. Looking forward!