The Black Sea: mysterious, menacing and mythical. It lies at the heart of centuries of warfare, turmoil and historical drama. A mixture of totalitarian regimes and young democracies, a melting pot of ethnic minorities. The Black Sea region is a point of convergence for three very different civilizations: European, Asian and Middle Eastern.

But regardless of their nationality or social status, spending a vacation week on the shores of the Black Sea is a common dream. 

—Petrut Calinescu