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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Top restaurant in Balchik,Bulgaria, El Sympatico just gets better

From the 26th June for a whole week, the Restaurant El Sympatico, one of Balchik, Bulgaria's top eateries, just gets better and better.




In Balchik, Bulgaria there is none to beat.

It is our special week at the seaside. 

Book up for our special menu.

https://www.facebook.com/elsimpatico.balchik/


We invite you to our "Week of Restaurants: Black Sea" summer.


The chefs of six restaurants have prepared a special theme menu with Black Sea food, served with a selection of drinks provided by our partners.

Menu



Dinner

Amus Bush
Gyoza with shrimps

Salad
Green salad with seafood, sweet and spicy dressing

Main course
Surf and Turf/Beefsteak and roasted royal shrimps

Dessert
chocolate cake

Drinks are included in the price

50ml.Plomari 
a glass of wine
Rosé and white
30ml. Hennessy
Acqua Panna and Pellegrino
42 lv.


There are a tremendous amount of offers, on a daily basis, so email: 

elsimpatico@abv.bg

Book a table for these nights or any other, or simply enquire about the varied entertainment.

The friendly English speaking staff will be glad to help you.


Terrace is great


Cuisine from the Far East and the best parts of Europe compete with Latin American and other far-flung parts of the world for a week of gastronomic delights. 


Bar is good too


This week from the 26th June, be aghast at the best of the best of dinners.





Spaghetti, Mussels, Pork, Beef, anything.


Why not some Mussels?

Monday, 26 June 2017

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 2




A nice overview of the Palace Gardens and the area surrounding (though not the best of weather).

More information on this and much more in the next instalment.For further news on Balchik email info@gobg.co.uk

Friday, 23 June 2017

Beautiful Balchik,Bulgaria - Part 4





This is a brilliant montage of the palace and gardens in Balchik.

This is a stunning town and you can buy a holiday home here from as little as 13,000 Euro's in a neighbouring village or 50,000 Euro's in the town.www.gobg.co.uk  or email info@gobg.co.uk

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 1

This is the first in a regular series of articles related to the historic harbour town of Balchik.

The town itself dates back into antiquity and was originally known as Dionysius, after the Greek God of Food and Wine.Still, to this day you can see the ruins of the Temple of Kibella (Sybil) and several other examples of Greco-Roman history here.


For our picture today we feature Nymphaeum or Water Temple: the fake Greco-Roman ornamental pool in the former Romanian Summer Palace:


A water feature from the Palace


A place of peace and tranquillity, overlooking the Black Sea, the Palace complex attracts thousands of visitors every year. For more information about Balchik please email info@gobg.co.uk

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 7

As part of our occasional series showcasing Balchik, Bulgaria; here is a nice example of the inter-war architecture of the town.This building is located in Old Balchik, on the way up to the Town Hall.

This building, as with most of the older parts of the town, dates from the period when Balchik and the South Dobrudja region, in general, was under Romanian rule (1919-1940). Balchik became the administrative centre for the area.

A traditional turn of century building in Balchik

Balchik, of course, has changed rapidly, particularly since the 21st Century, when a lot of new investment has taken place, not only many new hotels, but also renovated buildings such as the Port Building which was completed in July 2015, and will provide for a Museum of the Sea and 300 seat restaurant.

For more information about Balchik email info@gobg.co.uk

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 3

Waterfall in the Palace



Here is the Waterfall within the Palace complex.The Palace and its gardens were designed by the Russian Tsars designers, some of the best in Europe.

Everything in the complex was started in 1926 and completed in 1937.Remember that this part of Bulgaria was awarded to Romania in 1919 as a reward for their part on the Allied side.

(Queen Marie of Romania was instrumental in bringing Romania on to the war).

In 1940 Hitler gave the region back to Bulgaria as a reward for its pro-Axis stance.

Queen Marie's heart was buried in the Palace and was removed back to Bran Castle in Romania.

The Palace remains the centrepiece of the tourist industry in Balchik, and is popular with a variety of nationalities, but especially Romanians.

 For more information on Balchik e mail info@gobg.co.uk 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 5

The Palace and Beach


Balchik is located 45km North of Varna.A bright, historic place.

Here are two views of the main Palace building.In fact, the Palace is really a complex of several buildings, including a chapel.As you can see the tower looks a little bit like a minaret, and the architectural styles are a blend of East and West.

On a more personal note, the story goes that Queen Marie used the palace for liaisons with a Turkish lover.

That, of course, is history, but the Palace is an enduring tribute to her love of Balchik, and is her legacy.

For further information about Balchik; e-mail info@gobg.co.uk. For property in the area visit www.gobg.co.uk

Top 10 Places to Visit in Plovdiv - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Top 10 Places to Visit in Plovdiv - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Located just an hours drive from Sofia, Plovdiv has many delightful places to visit,, not least the Roman and Greek archaeological sites and a superb Opera Festival in July.

Monday, 19 June 2017

PM Boyko Borisov Refuses to Мeet with Russian Deputy - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

PM Boyko Borisov Refuses to Мeet with Russian Deputy - Novinite.com - Sofia News Ag

Russian MP Anatoly Karpov suggests it is from Byzantium, hugely controversial.




Balchik Villa for Sale 58,000 Euro's.4 beds, pool and garage.

This is a delightful 4 bedroom villa in the Sborno Miasto villa zone in Balchik. The villa is on two levels with a bathroom/WC on each.

Three bedrooms are located on the upper floor and a fourth bedroom is on the lower floor, with the lounge and kitchen.

The property is in good condition.There is a garden and patio outside, plus an 8x5m pool and a large garage.

The views are towards the forest, with some sea view.


The Beach in front of the Royal Palace

Balchik harbour is 5 minutes away, and the area is very popular with foreign buyers.Varna airport is 50 minutes by car. 

Contact: info@gobg.co.uk or visit www.gobg.co.uk for further info.

View of the Villa from the Road

The mayor of Balchik reward for successful management of Black Sea municipality - 19/06/2017 - Regional - News from Dobrich

AirHelp airline ranking: Bulgaria Air is last on the list | The Sofia Globe

AirHelp airline ranking: Bulgaria Air is last on the list | The Sofia Globe:

Notoriously poor service and complaints processing are dire.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Grenfell Towers, London Fire.A Comment.

A  very good comment on London now.Torn apart by rich and poor, a tale of two cities.The reckoning begins...



Best Short Film, music and guest - surprise finale of In The Palace | Culture | OFFNews.bg

Best Short Film, music and guest - surprise finale of In The Palace | Culture | OFFNews.bg:

Great festival in Balchik, Bulgaria. There is a huge amount of culture in Balchik: from the Palace to art galleries to the Temple of Kibela. Three thousand years of history.

The main summer house in the Palace Complex

Good Grain Harvest Expected by Ministry of Agriculture - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Good Grain Harvest Expected by Ministry of Agriculture - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Bulgaria has a huge agricultural sector particularly in grain, sunflower oil etc

Wizz Air to Launch 2 New Flights from Sofia in 2018 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Wizz Air to Launch 2 New Flights from Sofia in 2018 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

More flights from Varna to the UK, please.

Despite charter flights and a new service from Easyjet, prices in July are still high.For example, in early July it is £114 one way from Luton-Varna with Wizzair and Gatwick-Varna (with Easyjet) is the same.


Friday, 16 June 2017

Hotline for complaints and allegations in tourism and noise in restaurants - 06/16/2017 - Tourism - news Dobrich

Low wages drove willing to work on the sea

Low wages drove willing to work on the sea:



As I have frequently written, wages for resort staff are awful. As the article says they wait for untrained school kids to staff the bars and hotels.

Begins the rehabilitation of road II-29 - Varna-Dobrich-border Romania - 16/06/2017 - Other - news Dobrich

Begins the rehabilitation of road II-29 - Varna-Dobrich-border Romania - 16/06/2017 - Other - news Dobrich:

So basically the Varna-Dobrich section.Do not know where the Romania bit comes in.


Parliament Rejects Proposed Majority Voting System - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Parliament Rejects Proposed Majority Voting System - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Bulgarian Parliament
Majority voting, a form of first past the post, would provide stable government, but small parties will not like it as, unless regionally strong, they would be wiped out

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Today , because of the EU, Roaming charges are abolished !.

Ever returned from your annual Greek or Spanish holiday to receive a huge mobile phone bill for using your phone abroad?

Well, that is all over, the EU has abolished roaming charges from today. No longer will your phone company rip you off for using call or data services.

Whether this continues after Brexit we do not know.



Robbed two houses in Balchik - 06/15/2017 - Regional - News from Dobrich

Robbed two houses in Balchik - 06/15/2017 - Regional - News from Dobrich:

Sounds like Villa Zones being targeted...beware.

Balchik, Bulgaria, north of Varna, is a beautiful holiday destination.We do get the occasional burglar though. Email info@gobg.co.uk for news and info about our area.


A nice Balchik Villa

Periodically over the years, the houses of foreigners have been burgled in summer, just be vigilant.


World Famous Footballers Arrive in Sofia for All Stars 2017 Charity Match - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Property Renovation in Bulgaria

Bulgarian property is very cheap, in fact, the cheapest it has ever been.

Typical old village house

Since the property crash of 2007-2008 prices fell steadily until they bottomed out.

Prices vary according to where you are but village houses, in need of renovation, are spectacularly low.

If you have bought an older house and need it improved then contact us at info@gobg.co.uk 

Similarly, if you are looking for a property just email us your requirements.

We are the Dobrich, Varna and Balchik specialists.

Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Discusses Possibilities for Developmnet of Medicinal Tourism - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Discusses Possibilities for Developmnet of Medicinal Tourism - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

There are lots of thermal springs in Bulgaria, and it is time that this type of tourism was promoted.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP support thrown into confusion | Politics | The Guardian

Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP support thrown into confusion | Politics | The Guardian:

Is this Stingray?


Most people, even in mainland Britain, will be asking, what is the DUP ?. 

It is a hardline Ulster Protestant Party with cave man views on social issues. Arlene Foster is currently First Minister of Northern Ireland where she presided over a cash for ash heating scandal that lost the state millions.

The DUP is also closely linked to the Protestant terrorist UDA (Ulster Defence Association) that murdered Catholics indiscriminately in 'the Troubles'. 

Now they will extract millions in ransom from May's government.

Double whammy for British tourists as pound plunges and prices rise abroad | Money | The Guardian

Double whammy for British tourists as pound plunges and prices rise abroad | Money | The Guardian:

Prices and Property in Bulgaria are still incredibly cheap.E mail info@gobg.co.uk for further info.

Bulgaria remains the cheapest tourist option in Europe.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

May adopts contrite tone after Tory MPs vent anger over election | Politics | The Guardian

May adopts contrite tone after Tory MPs vent anger over election | Politics | The Guardian:

Well, she has finally buggered it up completely.

Lost her majority and now relying on support from Ulster's DUP which is rubbing its hands with glee at how much they can get from the pork barrel.

Super result for Corbyn and Labour, biggest Labour vote increase since 1945.

There will be another election soon.

Deaf as well as stupid !.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Bulgarian Government to Pay all Efforts for a Good Tourist Season - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgarian Government to Pay all Efforts for a Good Tourist Season - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Not exactly sure what this means.A few tips might be better-trained staff, higher standards of customer care in hotels and the like, and better quality food with some imagination in presentation and style.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov arrives in Berlin

Minister of Foreign Affairs: 'Visit of Putin to Bulgaria Would Strengthen diplomatic Relations' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Minister of Foreign Affairs: 'Visit of Putin to Bulgaria Would Strengthen Siplomatic Relations' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



A difficult period in Russo-Bulgarian relations, due to gas issues plus the fact that the GERB led coalition is generally pro-Western, the same cannot be said, however of the Nationalist junior coalition partners.

‘Justice for All’ Initiative Seeks Judicial Reforms and an End to High-Level Corruption in Bulgaria · Global Voices

The Minister of Energy Terminated Temporary The Concession of Mine 'Óbrochishte' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

The Minister of Energy Terminated Temporary The Concession of Mine 'Óbrochishte' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

The real bombshell is the environmental pollution. The river flows into a nature reserve. One can only hope that it has not got into the food chain.

A small piece of background is that Manganese is a hugely lucrative ore, which is used in tempering Steel.One of the largest deposits in the world is in this area.