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The Black Sea & the Ukraine

We travelled into the Black Sea where our first port of call was Yalta, Ukraine, and our second, Odessa.
 


 


 

The port city of Yalta has a modern seafront promenade featuring designer shops and American fast food.


Livadia Palace was the last Tsar's vacation residence. It was host to Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt for the Yalta Conference in 1945, in which they planned the division of Europe at the end of World War II.


 


 

Vorontsovsky Palace  in Alupka was home to Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, Russian Field Marshal known for his exploits during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Palace is a mixture of Middle-Age and Moorish design and is surrounded by unique botanical gardens.


 


 

Since the 19th century, when VIPs came to cure their illnesses, and later communist-era citizens who got the privilege to go there, the Crimean area has been a Riviera-like vacation resort.

We travelled by funicular up Ai-Petri, a spectacular limestone peak from where we had a panoramic view of the Black Sea and the Crimean coastline.


 


 

At the summit plateau, there's a tiny Tatar hamlet, where the people make a living selling food and drink and offering guided pony or camel rides.

Handicrafts include sheepskin clothing, curly-toed shoes and embroidered bags.

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