Varna City Park
Fantastic 7k long park that runs along side the beach. Lots of interesting models and statues adorn the many pathways. Great for walking, cycling or blading. Many different plants and flowers,and a small "zoo", and a little fairground for the children. So after spending all your money in the shops you could come here and sit and relax just to watch the world go by.Related to:
- National/State Park
We enjoy people watching so when in Varna just sit outside one of many numerous cafes, with a drink in your hand and people watch!!!! The fashion in Varna is great for the younger ones, and the shoes are to die for, just one thing I would like to know, "do the girls feet really fit into those pointy pointy shoes ?"
Where I Found Out What I Had For Lunch Last Week!
At the start of Varna's magnificent Sea Garden is the hidden little gem of The Varna Aquarium. This is more of a local educational facility rather than a tourist attraction and the fish and shellfish exhibits are presented more with a bias towards knowledge rather than gaudy showmanship.
The main room is dedicated to tanks holding examples of Black Sea fish, shellfish and indigenous river species (with a couple of exotics thrown in). The signage is mostly academically worded but there are some interesting facts to be learned by careful reading.
It was here that I discovered what the "Som" fish I had for lunch in Vidin the week before was. I'd assumed it was some sort of river fish, maybe of the Pike or Perch family, but the definitive answer was to be found here. "Som" turns out to be the local name for the "Wels Catfish" (Silurus Glanis) and is indeed a river fish and the bits of one that I ate on the boat restaurant on The Danube probably did come from that river.
Yep, very educational!
I do believe there is an entry fee of 2 Leva (which might be more for foriegn visitors) but on the day I visited there seemed to be no-one collecting the money and so for me it was free!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Varna Pedestrian Zone
Starting from the Cathedral passing through the Dramatic Theatre and Nezavisimost square/ meaning "Independance"/ , "Knyaz Boris I"street and turning right by Slivnitsa to pass the Festival Complex -"FK" and taking you all the way to the sea garden and the sea promenade ....A great place to do some shopping or just wander the streets and enjoy a coffee or a meal in the countless restaurants or coffee houses.
You can even buy a furcoat in the middle of the summer :))Related to:
- Spa and Resort
Don't Forget To Look Up!
Following Bulgaria's National Liberation in 1878 Varna quickly became established as Bulgaria's most important port and the city centre was substantially rebuilt in a variety of asthetically pleasant architectural styles. Despite the post WWII socialist developments and the more modern additions many examples of this turn of the century architecture still remain and are well worth looking out for.Related to:
On the way from Delphinarium to the center of Varna you pass Primorski park. There is really nice childrens park with many activities
for children jumping on trampoline, small cars, trains etc. Price is really low - you must take your children there.Related to:
- Theme Park Trips
MONUMENTS FROM PAST TIMES
But not so past... Communist regime in Bulgaria collapsed in 1989 and the country is still full of communist monuments which are quite impressive. Usually this monuments are connected with the defeat of brave communists over nazis.
These monuments are speially interesting for me as I was born in Yugoslavia which used to be full of similar monuments. After the independence of Slovenia our new goverment didn't wast any time and collaps all the monuments that could indicate any connection with regime in our country.Related to:
- Historical Travel
It is situated near the city beach and it offers a collection of Black sea, Mediteraneean and Danube river's fishes and also some tropical ones. It is a bit sloppy and the information are sometimes in Bulgarian and English or Bulgarian and Czech or German or Russian or French ... so beside admireing the fishes you can also practise one of above mentioned languages.
Admission (for foreginers): 3 levaRelated to:
Varna the Marine school
August 2004 - On the square in front of the cathedral, under heavy rainshower, the Varna marine school students are giving their word to serve and defend the country from ennemies. The country's patriarch is giving them his blessings as polititians and ministers are watching the parade.Related to:
- Theme Park Trips
Watching The World Go By
As soon as the first hint of a sunny day arrives the cafes and restaurants around the main square (pl Nezavisimost - Independence Square) become the place to be where you can sit with your coffee and watch the world go by - in my case sit watching the pretty women ;-)
One word of advice though is that coffee prices vary enormously between the cafes and that the best value for money is The Happy Bar and Grill.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Albena is another resort not far from Varna. It hasn't (yet) undergone the massive make-over you can see at Golden Sands and the hotels which I passed still looked like 18 years ago when I first visited Albena.
The beach in Albena is even nicer (wider) than in Golden Sands and suitable for all kinds of water sports.Related to:
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Varna's Boris Georgiev Municipal Art Gallery
This is a really excellent gallery, small but perfectly formed. The two-storey building it is housed in was formerly the Varna Men's High School, built in the Gothic Revival style in 1885. It became an art gallery in 1944 and took on its present name in 1999.
The ground floor of the building has two halls for temporary exhibitions whilst the permanent collection resides in a labyrith of rooms and hallways on the upper floor. Most of the works displayed showcase Bulgarian art from the late 19th Century onwards with a few guest appearances by Western European artists.
The permanent exhibition is thoughtfully laid out. Each room groups themes together. There's a sculpture gallery, the modern art collection, a portrait room featuring works by the Varna-born Boris Georgiev alongside the uniquely Bulgarian pieces by Vladimir Dimitrov - "The Master". The room given over to landscapes and seascapes hosts striking examples by Vasil Stoilov and the Frenchman David Peretz (a regular visitor to Bulgaria). There's also my favourite - The Salon of the Naked Ladies ;))
Although it's not a large gallery it does deserve a couple of hours to appreciate it and the building itself, with its sculpture garden in front, is interesting architecturally (although in need of repair judging by the damp patches on the inside front wall). Entry fee is 2 Leva (maybe more for foreigners) but Marina got in with a 1 Lev "student ticket" because the guy collecting the money didn't have any change and all we could scrape together in small money was 3 Leva! Also there doesn't seem to be any charge for, or restrictions on, taking photographs.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
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
Upright stones(pobiti kamani-Bulgarian)
Pobiti Kamani is a rock phenomenon located near Varna . It consists of several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 70 km². The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 metres high and from 0.3 to 3 metres thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look like they are stuck into the surrounding sands, which gives the phenomenon its name.
In order to be preserved, Pobiti Kamani was designated a natural landmark in 1937.
There are a number of theories regarding the phenomenon's origin, divided roughly into two groups — supporting an organic or a mineral origin. According to the former, the formations are the result of coral activity, while the latter explain the phenomenon with the prismatic weathering of the rocks, the formation of sand and limestone concretions, or lower Eocene bubbling reefs.Related to:
The aquarium was built in 1912by the idea of King Ferdinand.It is very interesting that on its facade embossments of a mussel and some Black Sea animals.In the main hall you can see living a lot of sea and river animals ,showing the flora and fauna of the Black sea.In the other two halls there are taxidermy animals of the World Ocean .Also there is a library with more that 30 000 books in that sphereRelated to:
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