buy a sim card on BG
my advise for you in order to avoid using roaming and pay expensive bills for your mobile at home is to buy a sim card when you arrive in Bulgaria. There are 2 main mobile operators at the moment - Mtel(Prima Card) and Globul(B connect card). Both of them cost about 20 leva (10 euros) eack and include some free minutes.
The Aladza Monastery Museum
This is where you'll find out a lot about the history of the monastery, and even see some pictures showing how it used to look.
There's also an exhibition of paintings, crosses and painted eggs, among other things.
May – Oct 9-18 (every day)
Nov – Apr 9-16 (days off: Sun and Mon)
Well It IS One Of Bulgaria's National Dishes!
Although the small chain of Godzila restaurants style themselves as "Pizzerias" they do in fact offer much, much, more. What they've done is slotted a pizza section into what is otherwise recognisable as very Bulgarian menu style (and of course pizza has become one of the national dishes) and added a little zing to everything.
The menu has a good range of soups and salads, with a few trendy updates as well as old-favourites. There's barbeques and grills, pot-dishes, the pizzas of course, plus a set of pastas. Home-made breads are the pizza-style flatbreads and there's a good range of side dishes and sauces too. Prices are cheap and cheerful and the food is all home-made using good quality fresh ingredients.
Decor-wise the dining rooms are casually arty, complimenting their various buildings' original interiors with glossy posters, formica tables, banquette seating and bright stylish lighting. Service is youthful and enthusiastically-friendly (English usually spoken and there is an English menu). On a winter lunchtime I was after a warming light lunch and the "Sausage in Hotch-Potch" (Nadenitsa V Gyuveche on the Bulgarian menu) sounded exactly what I was after. Yep this was delish - chunky sausage baked with tomatoes, onion, garlic, white and yellow cheeses and topped with beaten egg. Accompanied by a plain freshly-baked pita bread and a beer the bill was about 8 leva.
Tasty food, value-for-money and great service in buzzy surroundings - well worth a visit or two.
Just north of Varna is the Euxinograd Palace which was built as a royal summer residence in 1882. The palace and its wonderfully kept formal gardens resemble a French chateau. It is set in beautiful wooded parkland which reaches down to the fine sandy beach. On the edge of the estate the famous and delicious Euxinograd wine, cognac and rakiya are bottled.
The clock tower
The idea to build an impressive city clock tower was accomplished in 1888 . The construction site was carefully chosen - the new clock tower in the city park and the Cathedral formed the city centre boundaries of those times.
Firemen used the tower since high buildings were still rare and from top of it they could watch over the entire city untill 1898.Then was bought the clock mechanism from England