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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; sil­ 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.

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