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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.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Email your answers by 15 October 2006 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can win a luxurious weekend for two at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Hermitage in Golden Sands, Varna, where you will experience treatment on a par with that offered at the court of this famous Englishwoman in the small Black Sea town.

The winner will be selected in a draw.

Winners of competitions produced by Vagabond, Bulgaria's English Monthly, are selected in a draw. The decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into. Prizes may be collected in person at the editorial offi ces in Sofi or shipped anywhere in Bulgaria postage-free. Postal charges will apply for shipments abroad. For customs reasons we are unable to ship alcoholic beverages abroad. Any customs or other duties levied on shipments abroad will be the responsibility of the addressee. Prize winners will be interviewed and featured in the magazine, unless they have specifically indicated otherwise.

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