A couple of years ago I worked a lot in the Black Sea, one of the ports we would pass through was Varna. I couldn’t resist snapping these guys working on this old ex-Soviet Submarine as we entered the port. Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the third-largest city in Bulgaria. Commonly referred to as the marine (or summer) capital of Bulgaria, it’s also the headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine, as well as the centre of Varna Province and Bulgaria’s North-Eastern planning region, Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics. (NUTS) I just love that acronym.


On one of my brief visits I managed to check out Cosmonauts Alley which contains trees planted by Yuri Gagarin and other Soviet and Bulgarian cosmonauts.


One more fact, the oldest golden treasure in the world was discovered in Varna, consisting of coins, weapons and jewellery dating to 4,600 BC.


6 comments on “Varna

  1. Sounds like a fascinating place! Have you ever been in a submarine? I don’t think I could stand the claustrophobia but I’d love to visit one.


  2. Lovely photos, and what a job to have 🙂


  3. You are a man of a million stories. This photograph of the subs is extremely interesting I look forward to your blog. Cheers Virginia.


  4. I remember seeing a load of subs sitting at Rosyth, awaiting decommissioning was site to behold couldn’t get close enough to gets the shots I wanted but amazing all the same.


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