As a big city with traditions Varna also has its own folklore festival as Sofia, Plovdiv (See for Plovdiv: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/fe67f/5cd83/4/), Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo and others have. The one in Varna was created in 1992 and groups from all over the world have come and danced here. The festival is held in the first week of August(lasts 5 days) at the scene of the Summer Theater in the Sea Garden. There is also a parade defile in the first and the last day that starts from the Cathedral, goes to the whole central street and ends up at the Summer Theater.
The international fair of arts and crafts was held for 15 or 16 time this year. Art authors present their crafts that could be jewelry, textile, painted glass, ceramic, wood carving, etc. This is really unique place where you can buy something handmade. The Fair is held in the Sea Garden, close to the little stage and in the program are included also dancing and music.
This is just gratuitous use of a photo but I just had to put it somewhere!
This is a restaurant on ul Preslav, just opposite my hotel. The sign on the window says (if I've translated correctly) "Tasty Food To Take Home". The sign on the door says "Closed".
The cats obviously know when opening time is!
The January morning I'd decided to take the train to Bourgas the temperature had plunged to minus nine and with the wind-chill was probably another ten degrees lower. The trains were still running but a little behind schedule and so I was hanging around the freezing platform waiting for mine to arrive.
Then these little angels appeared. At first I, rather uncharitably, thought they were collecting for the Red Cross but no, they were in fact giving away hot soup. It was just boullion cubes made up with boiling water but certainly welcome.
I did try to give them a donation but they refused to accept anything.
As would be expected from a city vying for the designation of European Capital of Culture for 2019 Varna has a long history of hosting a broad spectrum of National and International events. The longest running of these is the Varna Summer Festival which began in 1926 and more recent events include the International Ballet Competition (since 1964), the International Jazz festival (since 1991) and the International Theatre Festival (1993).
On of the main auditoriums is the atmospheric, Roman-arched, open air theatre in the Sea Garden where the Ballet Competion is staged and is used as a venue for the other festivals.
Links below are for the Ballet Competition and Summer Festival respectively:
According to http://news.guide-bulgaria.com on 3rd April 2009 the Municipality of Varna is seeking bids for the commercial concession to extract 157,680 cubic metres of mineral water annually.
However if you just want to fill your own bottle for free you can tap into the mineral spring down by the new bathing complex on ul Primorski. It doesn't look as if there is any limit to the size or number of bottles you can fill!
Bulgarians are great coffee lovers and as well as the cafes and restaurants there are also dozens of these coffee machines dotted around the city. These outdoor machines actually dispense a perfectly good cup of coffee if you stick to the espresso. At 40 stotinki for a cup, which you can then sit at one of the many public benches to enjoy, these certainly do provide a budget option and if you add a slice of pizza from the take away place you have a perfectly good lunch for about 1.50 Leva!
...you'll have ample opportunity to check it here in Varna.
Most of Varna's city centre is pedestrianised and on every street you will come across an elderly person with a weighing scale who will weigh you for a few stotinki and maybe have a few bits of bric-a-brac for sale too. These people seem to be perfectly harmless, just trying to make a few Leva to supplement their (if any) meagre pensions and there is no con involved.
This is the oldest musician festival in Bulgaria,from 1926.It is representative forum of the world and Bulgarian musician art in the sphere of clasic music.It makes Varna very popularin the international cultural tourism.Includes opera,simphonic concerts,anciant music and so on.It takes place in June-July.
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Bulgarian Ultimate League (bULTIMA), Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Association/Academy, LogMan Association for Education & Science and DiMMeDa (Digital Multi-Media in Dance Art) we cordially invite you to participate in
DiMMeDa Summer Folk Camps
FC1- July 8-16, 2007;
FC2 -August 5-13, 20076;
FC3 – September 2-10, 2007.
Travel with us and attend the International Varna Folk Festival held on the Black Sea Beach. Learn songs and dances from the origins - from the best authentic and professional music & dance wizards.
With our DiMMeDa Summer Folk Camps we will explore the ruins and monuments from ancient Thracian, Greek, Roman, and Byzantium as well as those of medieval Bulgaria. In DiMMeDa trips include visit to Sofia, to the summer capital Varna and amazing attraction in the Varna Regional History Museum with the Oldest Gold in the world; to the monasteries and churches with its historic icons and murals, to the best Black Sea resorts and to the Solnik village with Living National Treasures.
In our academic staff include world-recognized choreographers, composers and dancers, founders of national and international schools and other institutions, members of professional organizations.
In our bundle price includes transfers, hotels, three meals daily, traditional Bulgarian grape brandy and red wines testes, professional English speaking guide; entrance and performance fees; all excursions and visits; DVD with original Balkan folk music & dance materials and movie with your personal participation in the event; certificate and other traditional hand-made presents. It’s a fairly reasonable price of Euro599!
We offer special discount for the institutional groups.
More info at http://www.dimmeda.info/
Mrs. Maria Drazheva
Pretty much everything in Varna is written in Cyrillic, particularly in the beach bars and cafes. There's not much concession for tourists who aren't familiar with this scary looking alphabet.
Here's a brief guide -
è - a backwards N is an 'I'
ù - is 'Sh'
ñ - is 'S'
ä - is 'D'
ç - is 'Z'
ö - is 'ts'
æ - is 'Zh'
ã - is 'G'
í - is 'N'
â - is 'V'
÷ - is 'Ch'
á - is 'B'
ô - is 'F'
õ - is 'H'
ï - is 'P'
ð - is 'R'
ë - is 'L'
There's a bunch more, but these are the basics. It's best to go with the basics first, but the most confusing part of cyrillic are the characters that look like Latin, but in fact do something different. Hope it helps!
Yeah, yeah:)))))))I know, not everyone can read cyrillic:))))))) The name at the top is "Marina":)))
God, these people are crazy about this name!Our hostess was Marina and one of our neighbours was Marina, and on the beach you always hear:"Marina!Marina! Marina come here!...Marina, go there!" :D
Pobitite Kamuni, 18 km away from Varna,
This locality is a geological miracle with out parallel in the world. The
stones are so huge that the fossil forests in Argentina and India pale in
comparison. Seven groups are scattered in a circle with a radius of 3
km. The Dikilitash Group comprising 300 big and small
Scientists have been arguing over the origin of these works of nature for
man)- gears. We simply gaze and rake pictures. The scene is
magnificent when the miraculous forest is looked at against the
backdrop of the setting sun. Moonlight makes the picture even more
The "Y" on top of the car indicates a learner driver. I suppose this particular one can always blame the snow-covered windshield for having parked on the taxi rank!
I couldn't resist this one either. Here's the front of the little church on Knyaz Boris being cleared of snow. It's obvious who the head honcho is!