Thursday 18 October
What a charming little town Sozopol is? Set on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast it is one of the oldest seaside towns and dates back to the Bronze Age; relics of stone and bone tools from the era have been discovered in the region of the pretty port. Almost all of the buildings in Sozopol are from the Renaissance period. These unique wooden houses, cobbled streets and the views over the ocean are just stunning. We don’t see many churches in Bulgaria but the church in the old town in Sozopol is very pretty.
As we explored the town Tom told me, ‘This is certainly a honeypot, Martha’.
There is a little island just over the water – St Kirik – and I had hoped we could take a boat trip there, but as the main season has finished the boat wasn’t running. Apparently the island was inhabited by mainly Greeks until the aftermath of the Balkan Wars when most of the inhabitants were exchanged with Bulgarians. Yelp!
We saw lots of archaeological treasures, I was fascinated to find out in 2016 archaeologists discovered a shrine of goddesses from the 6th century BC. Why do I find this so interesting? Because when we lived on our narrow-boat, travelling the waters of the U.K. we saw several boats named ‘Persephone’ and the shrine was that of Persephone and Demeter. I love coincidences like this!
Having spent the day out and about Leigh cooked dinner this evening (giving Emily a well-earned break). Tom had picked up a pudding and a few drinks on the way back from Sozopol, so the humans had an Italian themed dinner of lasagna, garlic bread and potato wedges (courtesy of Emily) followed by Tiramisu. A perfect end to a perfect day!
Woofs, Martha x