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Weightlifters & steroids?....there is a lot more to Bulgaria

Beautiful Black Sea coast

rain 14 °C
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Well the dream start had to come to an end sometime; woke this morning to steady drumming rain and that is the way it stayed! Everyone got to experience what did and what did not work in the wet weather gear department. A very slow day’s riding in awful conditions hence we didn’t arrive in Bucharest until 7.15pm…….and that was about all I was going to say but I needed to experience this place. All of us were pretty knackered but hungry and the snack menu at the Ibis did not look at all appealing to me. With no takers to go out in the rain and find something I asked the receptionist for the name of a good restaurant not far from the hotel…..she was right on the money! Once I announced I was heading out 3 reluctant souls decided to join me and we had one of the best dinner experiences thus far! Our receptionist had recommended we go to the old part of the city to a locals place called “Caru’ cu bere” translated as the ‘beer wagon’. The building was over 300 hundred years old, perfectly restored, 3 floors of dining & drinking, they brew their own beer and have done since 1879, In a nut shell an absolutely amazing experience and the 500+ local patrons obviously also think so…..and to top it off I got to complete my Romanian food journey by finally getting the cabbage rolls which did not disappoint 
The rain continued today as we left Bucharest for Nessebar in Bulgaria. Border crossings take a lot of time and will get worse so it was no surprise that we had only travelled a 100km in three hours with the border crossing. With very low cloud for most of the day there was not much to view and most everyone’s attention was on staying upright in the very wet conditions. I had very mixed feelings as we rode into Bulgaria as it looked a little run down. The usual unkept apartment buildings and electrical street wiring that would rival that in Bali but that all slowly changed, good roads, clean and modern buildings; you can see things are changing in Bulgaria. After a roadhouse sandwich and coffee stop lunch the weather slowly improved so that by the time we reached Nessebar it had cleared up as well as warmed up! Nessebar a car free island and could be referred to as a part of the Bulgarian Gold coast. Without the high-rise and nestled on the shores of the Black Sea it is idyllic and beautifully maintained. You can see that this place would be packed in season which isn’t far away, with throngs of tourists from Russia and Belarus. Of course is was always going to be fish on the menu tonight and fresh grilled sea bass with an Arabian salad finished off the day. Early night tonight as we cross over into Turkey tomorrow and we are going to be met by 50-70 local Turkish bikers for the ride into Istanbul….and apparently they have the evening planned?!!

Posted by ScottyJ 11:32 Archived in Bulgaria

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