Author: R-Varna

The Bencmark of the Class

The turn of the 20th century marked the beginning of an extraordinary partnership between two of the most innovative minds of the moment. Henry Royce, a successful engineer and Charles Rolls, owner of one of the UK’s first motor car dealerships, agreed to sell motor cars under the name Rolls-Royce.

At that moment, a new company was born: Rolls-Royce. This happened in 1904 in Manchester, United Kingdom. They quickly developed a reputation for superior engineering by manufacturing the “best car in the world”.

The Best Motor Car in the World

In 1907, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was declared “The Best Car in the World” breaking the world record for a non-stop motor run, travelling from London to Glasgow 27 times – covering 14 371 consecutive miles (23 127 km), demonstrating unrivalled reliability and comfort.

Rolls-Royce Silver Phantom

Silver Cloud – the Introduction

The introduction of Silver Cloud came in 1955. Designed by JP Blatchley and capable of a top speed of 106 mph (170 km/h), it featured the same 4,887 cc engine as Silver Dawn but with a completely new and handsome steel body. This model was produced from April 1955 to March 1966 and was the core model of the Rolls-Royce range during that period. 

Silver Cloud III – The Red Carpet Favorite

Becoming a leader on road, sea and air, throughout the years, actors, rock stars and celebrities chose the brand as a symbol of their success.

A white 1965 Silver Cloud III featured prominently in The Avengers episode “Mission: Highly Improbable” broadcast November 1967. In a 1971 song called “Up to Me”, the British rock band Jethro Tull refers to this car with the lyric “I’ll buy a Silver Cloud to ride.”

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

The Silver Cloud III was first displayed to the public at the Paris salon at the beginning of October 1962. External dimensions were slightly altered, the interior remodelled, the weight reduced by a little over 100 kg (220 lb) and improvements made to the engine.

The headlights were grouped in a four-headlamp layout subsequently continued in the later Silver Shadow. Other external changes included a slightly increased slope of the bonnet to correspond with a 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm) reduction in radiator grille height.

Between 1963 and 1966 there were no major changes. Stainless steel wheel trims replaced chrome-plated ones in April 1963, and an improved rear window demister was introduced in November of the same year.

Wider front seats were fitted in January 1964, and five months later a revised headlamp surround now incorporated a very small RR monogram. A chrome badge reading “Silver Cloud III” in an italic font can be seen on the right bottom side of the boot of most UK and European delivered examples, whilst US versions were delivered without this badge.

As with earlier models, Rolls-Royce continued to make the Silver Cloud chassis available to traditional coachbuilders.

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In the Spirit of Ecstasy

The Spirit of Ecstasy is the bonnet ornament sculpture on Rolls-Royce cars. It is in the form of a woman leaning forwards with her arms outstretched behind and above her. Billowing cloth runs from her arms to her back, resembling wings.

The Spirit of Ecstasy, also called Eleanor, Silver Lady, or Flying Lady, was designed by Sykes, a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, and carries with it a story about secret passion between Montagu, second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu after 1905, a pioneer of the automobile movement, and editor of The Car Illustrated magazine from 1902, and the model for the emblem, Eleanor Velasco Thornton – an English actress and artist’s model.

Eleanor (also known as Thorn) was the secretary of John Walter, who fell in love with her in 1902 when she worked for him on the aforesaid motoring magazine. Their secret love was to remain hidden, limited to their circle of friends, for more than a decade.

The reason for the secrecy was Eleanor’s impoverished social and economic status, which was an obstacle to their love. On the other hand, Montagu had been married to Lady Cecil Victoria Constance Kerr since 1889.

By 1910 the managing director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, was asked to commission a more dignified and graceful mascot. He turned to Sykes to produce a mascot which would adorn all future Rolls-Royce cars and become generic to the marque, with the specifications that it should convey “the spirit of the Rolls-Royce, namely, speed with silence, absence of vibration, the mysterious harnessing of great energy and a beautiful living organism of superb grace.

Royce was ill during the commissioning of the flying lady. He did not believe the figurine enhanced the cars, asserting that it impaired the driver’s view, and was rarely seen driving one of his company’s vehicles adorned with the mascot.

The Spirit of Ecstasy was manufactured by the British firm Louis Lejeune Ltd. for a number of years.

Today’s Spirit of Ecstasy, from the 2003 Phantom model onward, stands at 3 inches (7.6 cm) and, for safety, is mounted on a spring-loaded mechanism designed to retract instantly into the radiator shell if struck from any direction.

There is a button within the vehicle which can raise/lower the emblem when pressed. She can be made from highly polished stainless steel, stainless with 24-carat gold plating, or from illuminated frosted crystal – the latter two being optional extras. Aftermarket customized versions are also available, including those covered in a matte black paint or studded in diamonds.

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10 Best Reasons to Visit Varna

Varna is the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and the Sea capital of Bulgaria. Its area occupies ​​205 sq. km.

It is one of the most desirable resorts in Eastern Europe, thanks to its location, historical and cultural meaning, which determine a great value for the cost to visit.

At the same time, it is a crossroad and a trade center between the Middle East and Western Europe.

Here are the best and most special reasons to visit Varna:

1. Location and climate

Varna is situated on the west coast of the Black Sea, thanks to which it enjoys a mild climate throughout the whole year. The coldest season usually lasts from December to March, when the average temperature varies between 5 and 10 degrees, with mild to no snowfall.

The summer season starts in May and lasts until the beginning of October. The hottest temperatures in the summer usually vary between 25 and 35 degrees, and the most pleasant months to go to the beach and enjoy the sun are July and August. Sea water temperature in the summer months is usually around 23-27 degrees.

2. Beaches and mineral springs

The region of Varna includes the near resorts – “Golden Sands” and “St. St. Constantine and Elena” which altogether create a magnificent long beach line. The sea, along with the healing mineral springs, make Varna one of the preferable both sea and spa resorts.

There are 7 mineral springs with hot water between 40 and 60 degrees in “St. St. Constantine and Helena”. They are calcium-magnesium and slob mineralized, successfully treating cardiovascular diseases and have no analogue in Europe. In combination with the climate, their impact becomes even stronger.

The “Golden Sands” resort is known as the “Pearl of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast”, preferred by many Russian and West European tourists each year.

3. Historical significance of the city

Varna is the cradle of the oldest European civilization. There are exhibisions of the original artifacts of the oldest golden treasure in the world, dated between 4400 – 4200 BC.

And this is just to start with – there are many other treasures from later periods and cultures, such as Thracian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian and others.

The rich collections of the museums in the city are of exceptional interest among the guests of Varna. Moreover, the fourth largest Roman baths in Europe are among these museums and right next to R Deluxe Apartments.

The biggest historical attraction in Europe is also near Varna – the Historical park in Neofit Rilski village, on a land of more than 500 decares. A great variety of proto-Bulgarian, Greek and Thracian rituals and villages can be seen and experienced in the park.

4. Historical and cultural life

There are daily cultural events in Varna, including music, opera, theatre, ballet, national and foreign folklore, cinema festivals, art and photo exhibitions as well as outdoor happenings.

Except for the many authentic revival houses from the XIX-th century, there are plenty of galleries and museums.

Varna is great to visit all year long also because of its seasonal festivals and city celebrations.

5. Cuisine and wine

Varna is one of the well-known wine areas where good quality wines are produced. The wineries proudly offer tastings of their products, presented in interesting and memorable wine degustations.

The Bulgarian cuisine is of great interest to all tourists as it combines Balkan and oriental tastes and flavors. Food festivals are often dedicated to a specific kind of food, where visitors can experience a new touch of unknown culinary traditions. There are also many traditional Bulgarian restaurants in Varna, where you can enjoy the local cuisine.

In the few last years a new tradition for bio and organic food market was born in the center of the city where local farmers and producers offer unique products and foods made according to original old recipes.

6. Hospitality of the local people

Bulgarians are extremely hospitable people. They are warm-hearted and always happy to welcome the visitors of Varna in a traditional way – with delicious local dishes and wine.

Most of the Bulgarians speak English as well as other foreign languages which makes the stay in Varna easy and comfortable.

7. Architecture of Varna

Until the Liberation of Bulgaria from Turkish slavery in 1878, Varna was a typical oriental city with a territory of about 170 hectares and population of about 20,000 people, mostly Turks, Gagauz, Greeks and others. Bulgarians were a minority.

This determined the slower penetration of European cultural influences, including the architecture. The specific constructions of the modern appearance of Varna are mostly influenced by the European and the Mediterranean countries.

There are Byzantine, Arab, Moorish, Armenian and other architectural elements, enriched with bizarre Egyptian and abstract ornaments. Public and large commercial buildings are original and bear the hallmarks of a large construction.

8. Nightlife and fun activities

The visitors of Varna are always happy and impressed with the rich nightlife and opportunities for enjoying the city. During the summer months there are plenty of bars, restaurants and night clubs, offering various music and dance shows.

The beauty of the beachline can be experienced while dining and having a drink in the bars and the restaurants, directly located on the beach and the Sea Garden.

9. Shopping

There are three big and many smaller shopping malls in Varna, offering popular world brands, cinema halls and children play centers as well as traditional outdoor markets and small shops for specific local brands and goods.

10. Accommodation in Varna

Affirmed as one of the biggest and most visited Eastern resorts in Europe, Varna provides a big choice of accommodation options such as R Deluxe Apartments, where high-quality value and luxurious services are offered in completely private apartments.

Do not hesitate to start planning on your next trip – check the availability now and make a reservation for your comfortable stay in the third biggest city in Bulgaria.