B is for Black Sea

I love spending time by the water.

black sea

In California that’s easy — there is a beach every two miles along the coastline — yet I drag my family to another part of home, the Black Sea in East Europe. 

Surrounded by nieces and nephews (one grown up in the picture above and bent on carrying me to the water) I spent many summers there.

Returning as tourists, we avoid the busy months — the cost and large crowds are the main reasons — and as such we get colder days. But that’s okay, because our aim is to enjoy the view and have fun with family and friends. 

As the native tourist, I’m the designated guide for my husband and American friends. So, while trying to recall the history classes I took in school, and with a little help from my Romanian family, I came up with a few nuggets of information about the Black Sea.  Or Marea Neagra, in Romanian.

1.   The sea is surrounded by six countries — Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia and Georgia. 

2.   Mt. Ararat — along the Turkish coastline  — is rumored to be the landing point for Noah’s Ark.

3.   The sea is connected with the Mediterranean through Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. It’s a small world, isn’t it? We’re all connected.

4.   The Black Sea got its name from the Ottoman Turks — as a navigating point (Kara means Black), also means North in medieval Turkish. It retained the name because the lack of oxygen in the lower layer prevents the development of microorganisms, making it appear black.  Of course, it doesn’t look black from the beach.

5.   It is a famous destination choice for tourists. Couple dozen languages are spoken at any given time during the high season.

Outside this list, the Black Sea is a perfect place to visit and build memories while finding inspiration.

ry=400[4]And that is what I do, while watching my nieces and nephews play with my son in the sand.

Maybe one day my son will take his family there, build castles and tell stories. 

Maybe he’ll claim the place as another part of home, even if that is a far-removed concept now. But “home” can mean many things and with age comes understanding.

What keeps you emotionally attached to places?

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27 responses to “B is for Black Sea

  1. To me places are intrinsically linked to people, memories of who or why you spent that moment there become narratives of recollection. You write beautifully of homes, like you I am lucky to have more than one place I think of as home.

  2. For me, it’s the memories of what I do and who I do it with that infuse a place with emotion. Even a mundane location can become special.

    Visiting from the A to Z challenge.
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  3. Becs, I’m like you. If a place formed a strong memory, I go back again and again.
    Tony, so true. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Er, sometimes it’s the food. Yeah, a really great fish taco in San Diego – profiteroles in Chicago that bring me to my knees, gooey crepes on the streets of Paris…Oh, yum! Please visit our site and, if you like it, join us! We are a new blog. http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/

  5. I like to find new places to explore, rather than visit old ones. Then again, I am part army brat, so that may have something to do with it.

  6. I want to be there with you at the Black Seaside, and build castles with the children and stroll along the edge of the breaking waves. Sigh!

  7. Do you miss it? home, the Black Sea?

    I love it and I’m trying to see it frozen in winter but i hadn’t been lucky enough. yet. i’m not giving up, though!

  8. Carrie, I love finding new places all the time. Know what you mean.

    Francene, you would love it. :)

    Adriana, the concept of “home” has changed with time, but oh yes, I miss it. The Black Sea from my childhood especially when we were camping on the sand. Would love to see your pictures of the “litoral.”

  9. I love the term “native tourist”.

    Marcie @ Marcie’s Postbox

  10. I love the sea. I always feel better whenever I get to the coast. The beach, not so much but water always draws me in.

  11. We return to old familiar places because of the surroundings and people- we go to new places because we know they will make us return!

  12. Thanks for reminding me of a very enjoyable holiday on the Black Sea, sometime around 1985.
    Happy AtoZing!

    Jemima at Jemima’s blog

  13. Pete, I’m good on the beach, but like you, I love the sea.

    Kate, thanks for visiting. Well said.

    Jemima, so cool! Bet were were both there at the same time. :)

  14. So pretty- and interesting! I love the geography/history lesson.

  15. Marice, thank you. Has a nice ring to it. :)

    Pam, thanks for visiting.

  16. There’s something about water that is so soothing and peaceful. I have a waterfall and pond in my backyard, and I can lose track of time watching my koi swim around. I even have a big fountain near my home office. I need to get to an ocean soon. It’s been 10 years!

  17. Beautiful “B” post … Black Sea, Bulgaria, Beaches …

    Happy A-Z!

  18. What an interesting post for B! I would love to see the Black Sea! I love the water, too but am rarely able to see it..live in Ohio….oh dear! haha.

  19. Jay, your backyard sounds amazing. I’d lose track of time too, watching the fish swim.

    Linda, thank you. Same to you.

    Becky, if you’re ever close to East Europe, the Black Sea is well worth your time.

  20. I really enjoyed your post – the Black Sea went from a place I learned about in Geography to a beautiful spot I hope to one day visit. Thanks for bring it to life.

    *~ MAJK~ *

  21. Thank you, Majk. Nice to know I was able to bring it to life for you.

  22. Toni McKilligan

    Wow. What an incredible place. Thank you for sharing your Black Sea Experience.

  23. There are so many wonderful places to visit in this world. I am glad to get the chance to take a peek at some of them through this challenge.

  24. One of my daughters and I make a trip to the Atlantic Ocean as often as we can, at least once a year. It’s a 4 mile drive. I love the Ocean and even lakes. I miss living nearer to water.
    What makes a place feel like home to me are the people, the memories and the stories. I feel some places are home just through the stories.

  25. How nice to see this – hardly anyone ever writes of the Black Sea! I’ve been far north in Turkey, but still not close the sea. I’d love to take a boat tour from Istanbul, all the way up the Bosphorus…

  26. Deniz, thank you. My “I” post is actually about Istanbul … I’ve been to Turkey several times. Amazing place. Appreciate you stopping by.

  27. Wow! Every peice of information you shared there was new to me! Thanks!

    Emotional attachement- for me it’s like you said- family memories. The places are made by the people i visit them with the memories we create there together.

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