Seven-night cruises of the Black Sea on Silver Spirit leaving from Istanbul and visiting Yalta, Sevastopol, Odessa, Constanta and Nessebur start from $3899 a person twinshare.The next Silversea Black Sea cruise departs June 26. More: (02) 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872; silversea.com. and ancient art. Australian visitors will surely follow. The Golden Sands resort on the Black Sea Riviera nearby also delivers good beaches, as well as a significant dose of exotic Bulgarian ‘‘charm’’.
Take our lunch experience, which begins with the spectacle of a man who must weigh 150kg, his neck encased in thick gold chains, a large beer in hand and his body encased in a tiny black Speedo swimsuit.
He is the only other patron in the restaurant and the sole waitress on duty is clad in a pink and black G-string bikini, serving beers from a platter that most people would struggle to lift.
First, we are served a classic Bulgarian firewater brandy followed by bottles of Coke and icy water.
Next there’s large bread rolls, a classic tomato and white cheese salad, followed by slices of hot potato pie.
Then there’s a lukewarm double breast of fried chicken with peas, carrots and wedges of lemon, followed by the largest slice of baklava I will probably ever see.
The verdict? Well, it sure isn’t Silver Spirit.
Lisa Allen was a guest of Silversea.