In the 1920s the daughter of the Duke of Kent and granddaughter of Queen Victoria came to this small Black Sea town, 40 miles north of Varna. At that time its only attraction was the chalk cliffs rising from sea, reminiscent of Dover.
A few years later, the Englishwoman, who happened to be queen of Romania, created a second attraction; a palace complete with a minaret, a water mill, bas-reliefs of both the Virgin Mary and the ancient Thracian horseman, a Romanesque water temple, and several botanical gardens.
Twists of fate thwarted her wish to be buried in the palace, but now you can hear English spoken there nonetheless. Many British buy up property in the town with the chalk cliffs, which also boasts an incongruous "Irish" pub set up by local entrepreneurs in what used to be a Communist era public eatery.
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