|The dolmen near Hlyabovo|
|The Mosaic Museum at Devnya, built over a Roman house|
|The castle walls at Veliko Turnovo|
|The garden at Balchik|
Queen Marie of Romania had a garden made for her at Balchik, on the Black Sea coast, with several little villas for herself and guests. She liked to spend her summers there, and if I had a garden like that, so would I. The roses were at their best when we were there, and wonderful.
|An old house in traditional style on the Black Sea, at Sozopol.|
|The full moon over the Monument to 1300 years of Bulgarian history, built 1981, at Shumen|
And we saw some knitting - in a couple of the places we visited, there were hand-knitted lace tablecloths for sale, including several hanging on the wall of a house in the old town of Sozopol, on the Black Sea coast. Very good value, considering the amount of work that must go into them. (Though I didn't buy one, because what would I do with a circular lace tablecloth?)
|Knitted lace tablecloths at Sozopol|
A lot of the sites we visited were out in the countryside, so we saw a lot of wild flowers, and butterflies. It feels such an achievement to be able to get a good photo of a butterfly that I have included some here.
And as you can see, we had very good weather - hot and sunny, but not too hot. It was quite a shock to come home to distinctly chilly temperatures. (Flaming June!)
It was a fascinating holiday. I knew very little about Bulgaria before we went, and I've learnt a lot. I'd like to go back and visit Sofia and the Black Sea coast again.