Just wanted to clear some confusion regarding the location of Dobrina village: it is not where the railway halt called Dobrina is! It is in fact a kilometre or so away, as the crow flies, high on a mountain plateau (called Dobrinsko Plato) on the eastern side of Provadia. You can get to it only by road, either from Manastir or Provadia.
In fact its location is so spectacular that it is worth a visit just to have a wander around. When in Provadia, if you take the road that leads to the famous Ovech Fortress, past the cemetery and past the fortress turning, and just continue along the hairpin mountain road, you suddenly pop up on the plateau and see Dobrina's weird landmark, a communist era huge white building with "wings" on top. This is so distinctive that we have spotted it several times from an aeroplane, from a considerable distance away, on our way in or out of Varna! Anyone in a village on the opposite side of the Provadia gorge can probably see it all the time.
Apart from this, "our" village has all the usual charming features of Bulgarian rural life, the drinking fountains with troughs for animals below, the palisades for sheep made of flimsy branches, donkeys and goats grazing on the verges; and our village being large and a bit posh even has quite a few horses and some dairy cattle, not to mention the vinyards and large fields of maize and other crops outside the village.
If you do drive through Dobrina, remember to go slowly to be nice to the geese who live in the road! And do have a walk along the edge of the plateau overlooking the Ovech Fortress - the easiest way to see the fortress!
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on Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:19 pm, edited 2 times in total.