Red wines from Bulgaria
The best wines are produced from the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties, high quality, rich, and Bordeaux-like.
Local grapes include:
- Gamza - the most widespread sort produces earthy, light bodied red wine good for simple fare. In Romania and Hugary it is known as Kadarka.
- Mavrud - is a full bodied, spicy red that can age to more than 8 years
- Melnik - grown in the southernmost part of the country makes hefty red wines that age very well
- Pamid - rustic and hardly unforgettable but still good enough "commercial" for weekly drinking.
The old town of Nessebar is known for it's ancient monasteries and lace making.Its cobbled streets and a lot of spots of hand made lace shopping make you feel in another century . Some ladies are making lace sitting on a chair right in front of their houses !
Church St. Christ Pantocrator
The Church is dated to the XIII-XIV c., the exquisite construction, the perfect proportions and the picturesque decoration on the facade make the visitors forget the reality and pass into the dream word. The church is rectangular with dimensions 16 m in length and 6,90 m in width. It possesses two entrances-to the South and to the West. On the eastern side there are three small richly profiled apses. All over the facade there are highly walled in arches. Above them three rows of decorative saucers and four leafed flowers. Frieze of swastikas-the solar cult symbol, made of bricks, passes above the apses on the eastern side. The richly decorated drum of the dome has eight windows in form of arches. The nartex is small and under the floor there is a medieval tomb. Only traces of the original mural paintings are saved on the inner walls. The church, almost entirely preserved gives us the opportunity to understand all these buildings in their initial appearance.
Adapted from www.marinapalace.bg
PERLA was recommended to us as...
PERLA was recommended to us as one of the best restaurants in nesebur and the food was really nice there. another place that seems to be worth going is called SANGRA (or somewhat similar....it's located right between PERLA and another restaurant called NEPTUN and people there will know the place). we tried twice to get a table there but were turned down as they were booked out, so be sure to make a reservation! shopska salad and fried or stuffed squid.
Bulgarians also play bagpipes. It seems the Bulgarians play this instrument since Thracian times, ages before the Scots, the Irish or the Galicians started to use it.
In Bulgaria this instrument is called “gaida”.
A funny thing is that the name gaida is the origin of an old Portuguese word for any kind of wind instrument: “gaita”. Bagpipe in Portuguese is called “gaita de foles”, and in Galicia (NW Spain region that also claims to share a Celtic history and plays it) it's called simply "gaita".
At the gates of Nesebar, there was a musician playing gaida. The traditional music he played had that middle-eastern tragic harmony, quite different from the bagpipe music played in the British Isles and in Nowthwestern Iberia. It was a beautiful sound.
The musician also displayed CDs with his music for sale.