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"Balchik is a Black Sea coastal town and seaside resort in the Southern Dobruja area of northeastern Bulgaria. After the Second Balkan War, in 1913, the town, styled Balcic, became part of the Kingdom of Romania. It was regained by Bulgaria during World War I (1916–1919), but Romania restored its authority when hostilities in the region ceased. In 1940, just before the outbreak of World War II in the region, Balchik was ceded by Romania to Bulgaria by the terms of the Craiova Treaty. During Romania's administration, the Balchik Palace was the favourite summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania and her immediate family. The town is the site of Marie's Oriental villa, the place where her heart was kept, in accordance with her last wishes, until 1940 (when the Treaty of Craiova awarded the region back to Bulgaria). Today, the Balchik Palace and the adjacent Balchik Botanical Garden are the town's most popular landmarks." - wikipedia I'll post some pics from this place.

Balchik waterfront. In the distance, we can see Albena's hotels
Balchik, Bulgaria by Bogdy89, on Flickr

Balchik, Bulgaria by Bogdy89, on Flickr

Albena seen from Balchik by Bogdy89, on Flickr

Balchik, Bulgaria by Bogdy89, on Flickr

Black Sea at Balchik by Bogdy89, on Flickr
 

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I don't know exactly why it's called the "Black Sea" but I suppose, due to water, which is darker than Mediterranean Sea. The sand is more black, probably due to Danube, and more rivers which flows in Black Sea, that make it more a "lake" than a large sea as The Mediterranean Sea (even if Black Sea is connected by straits with Mediterranean Sea). There are more river deposits than stones, so the sand is darker, and also due to waves the water of sea is "black" :D


Castle of Queen Marie of Romania

During interwar period, when the southern Dobrudja, the two counties (Caliacra and Durostor in romanian) also known with the "Quadrilateral" name were annexed by Romania, the Queen Marie of Romania loved Balchik, and she decided to built here a summer residence, a castle, nicknamed the "Quiet Nest" (Cuibul Linistit) It has a minaret, but not by religions causes. It was built to remember by the Balkan culture and to be in harmony with the Black Sea athmosphere. Even if Balchik and the "Quadrilateral" were a short period of time a part of Romania (they were actually bulgarian territories), many Romanian artists, in that times, spent their time to Balchik, for painting or writing because it was a Mediterranean corner in Dobrudja. The castle also has a garden, and a stream which flows into sea.

Here is map of Romania and Bulgaria with Southern Dobrudja or Cadrilater highlighted in yellow. Northern Dobruja is highlighted in orange. Just, to know what we are talking about. More info here



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Castle of Queen Marie of Romania, Balchik by Bogdy89, on Flickr

Castle of Queen Marie of Romania, Balchik by Bogdy89, on Flickr

Castle of Queen Marie of Romania, Balchik by Bogdy89, on Flickr
 

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