Firstly by very slick Romanian Railways ...
... across the mighty Danube into Bulgaria ...
... here I change trains at Ruse and head east to the coast ...
... and eventually late at night I arrive at Varna and my next Airbnb stay ...
After a couple of days exploring my neighbourhood and the beach ( ten minute walk from home ... ) and finding the best coffee spot, the friendliest supermarket and generally getting my bearings in a new country + a new city + a new language + a new monetary system + a new culture = it's time to get serious and look around for some Bulgarian art ...
... and the first stop is the Varna City Art Gallery ...
... the Gallery is housed in a unique Gothic-style building, that in a previous life was a secondary school for boys. And here I found a permanent collection of the works of several Bulgarian artists dating back to the founding of the collection in 1944 ...
Still Life - Vera Lukova - 1942
Fishermen - Vera Nedkova - 1938
Sleeping Nude - Vera Nedkova - 1944
Ohrid Houses - Bencho Obreshkov - 1941
Girl with Grapes - Vladmir Dimitrov - 1945
Young Girl - Vladmir Dimitrov - 1948
Young Girl - Vladmir Dimitrov - 1947
Prayer - Vladmir Dimitrov - 1948
The Old Plovdiv - Tsanko Lavenov - 1930
Resting in the Field - Zlatyu Boyadjiev - 1943
Portrait of a Child - Ivan Markvichka - 1930
Maternity - Kiril Shivarov - 1920
Karlovo Yard - Nikola Tanev - 1942
Double Portrait - Alexander Mutafov - 1905
Olga Yordanova - Karl Yordanova - 1945
Sozopol - Mario Zhekov - 1940
St Ivan Island Rocks - Georgi Velchev - 1945
Out at Sea - Hristo Kavarnaliev - 1948
Balchik 1 - Hristo Kavarnaliev - 1948
Metamorphosis - Georgi Bozhilov - 1990
Portrait - Panayot Dimitrov - 1934
Study - Atanas Yaranov - 1982
Aggression - Pavel Koychev - 1984
Triptych - Alyosha Kafedjiiski - 1982
Mother and Child - Aloysha Kafedjiiski - 1984
Head with Relief - Alyosha Kafedjiiski - 1989
Cosmic Dream - Dimitar Kavakov - 1981
Summer - Maria Zafirkova - 1951
Version - Teofan Sokerov - 1978
Adi - Vihroni Popnedelev - 1986
Landscape with Palms - Edmond Demirdjyan - 2009
Harmony - Dimitar Buyukliiski - 1984
Poet and Muse - Angel Stanev - 1986
Adam - Kiril Shivarov - 1934