Holiday in Bulgaria 2015 - 22: Hiking to Golden Sands (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Holiday in Bulgaria 2015 - 21: Wonderful Rocks (50 p.)
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum...y-in-Bulgaria-2015-21-Wonderful-Rocks-(50-p-)


To the video:
https://youtu.be/4dl-qDnduFM


The timetable for this part:
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Thu, Aug 6 2015

Listets arr 15:45


Listets dep 16:13 +8  PV 30155

Varna arr 18:27


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Fri, Aug 7 2015

Varna dep 22:10  BV 2626


Aug 6 2015

I was travelling on PV 30154 towards Burgas. As it was soon about to meet the northbound train to Varna and I saw the desolate halt of Listets I knew this was the one to get off.
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I did not count on it, but the DB Schenker Mega Combi-freight from Germany to Turkey was following suit, passing a local lady of Muslim faith in traditional clothes.
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86 016 (former Danish DSB EA 3016) is related to German class 120.
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After half an hour PV 30155 to Varna arrived.
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Razdelna freight yard.
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Strashimirovo on Lake Varna would have been a possible photo spot, but I did not get around to it.
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Back at Varna, BV 2611 from Sofia also had recently arrived.
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Aug 7 2015

We started the last day at Varna conveniently with a morning swim and breakfast at the hotel.

These memorial posters are a touching Balkan tradition especially often found in Bulgaria.
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We crossed the city centre walking to the cathedral where we caught a bus towards Golden Sands.
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However, we did not go all the way to the beach resort but got off near Aladzha rock cave monastery.
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Via exterior stairs you can visit the caves formerly inhabited by monks on two levels.
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After a short refreshment we turned off the beaten path.
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A network of marked hiking trails traverses Golden Sands natural reserve. Walking in the shade can be recommended even in high summer, although we came across a patch infested by midges.
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After we had rounded the resort finally a panoramic view opened up.
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The "Ballermann of the East"...
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So we don't come home empty-handed.
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We waited at a bus stop where taxi drivers kept offering their services - when the price was lowered to bus ticket levels we agreed and took a taxi to Varna.
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The oldest in Varna - Assumption Day Church opened in 1602 - is hidden as Christian houses of prayer were not allowed to exceed a certain height.
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At first we refrained from paying the 20 levs (10 euro) photography charge, but after a glimpse of the inside we changed our mind. It was an amazing collection of valuable partly medieval icons we had not seen the like during our trips.
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Afterwards I visited the Roman thermal baths, some of the largest in the whole Roman Empire.
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At 5 p.m. we reached the city beach.
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And sat down at the "pirate ship" restaurant on the pier where a delicious platter of fish and seafood was served.
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Not included in the timetable, but visible online, a special treat: MBV (international express) 1004 Varna – Minsk (Belarus) departing at 7:15 p.m.
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The Desiro DMU to Dobrich was standing on track 2.
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44 127 was hauling the train up to Ruse.
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Soon the Desiro departed. Stone fruits, especially plums, are common in this region - and of course often converted to spirits.
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The seasonal express was about to depart - who notices the special clue in the picture? :0)
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We met back at the pirate ship.
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Several naval vessels could be seen at the port.
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The frigates had been put in service by Belgium in the seventies and taken over by Bulgaria in the late 2000s.
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At each end of the ships sailors waited exactly for sunset to pull down the flags.
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While sitting on a bench we were entertained by a comedy routine as a bunch of sailors desperately tried to put up and turn on a chain of lights.
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Evening mood, to the right you can spot the station tower. We slowly walked back to the hotel and fetched our luggage.
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At the platform sleeper BV 2626 Varna - Sofia was already waiting.
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Behind the loco you could find a baggage wagon, then three of the new sleeping cars.
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Now it was time to board one of the coaches built in 2012 by Turkish company Tüvasas. After a night of rest we were about to wake up in an entirely different part of Bulgaria. :)
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