After a long winter and rainy spring, a trip to the Black Sea to take in the sun is a godsend. And that is precisely what Romanians and other Europeans do from June through September. Flock to litoral (seaside).
Every one of my visits to the old country includes a trip to the Black Sea. It’s hard to get excited about the beach nowadays. Living in Southern California — a place with beautiful beaches along the coastline — hardened me somewhat in that regard.
Yet, the Black Sea is different.
For one, it holds a special place in my heart. Secondly, it’s the intersection of history and culture — from Romanian to Russian, to Turkish, to Bulgarian, to Ukrainian and Georgian.
Sure, I’m biased, but who better to describe the Black Sea than this kid at heart, who still remembers days spent camping or vacationing by the seashore. Or days spent visiting with family there, not long ago.
The picture above was taken in May, when some days are still a little chilly but just as beautiful.
The Black Sea is a wonderful creation of nature. It is one of the youngest seas on the planet, so it’s still in the process of change.
There are rugged areas as well as five-star resorts. I prefer something in the middle, a touch of nature and convenience. And the Romanian litoral offers both and so much more.