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Old June 27th, 2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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My journey to Ukraine (Simferopol, Sevastopol, Yalta - Crimea peninsula)

Hi. In this thread I'd like to share wit my pictures taken during my travelling in Ukraine, Crimea peninsula in 2012.

The flight from Moscow takes 2 hours:

























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Old June 27th, 2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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Simferopol was a transit city on the route, we have passed there less an hour.

Atention! It is the bus connecting airport and city. Lol. No, serious.








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Old June 27th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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The flight seems nice, but the bus ride is a bit weird. Aren't there more tourists in the Crimea?
Mcdonald's really looks the same everywhere. That interior decoration must be mass production

It looks promising. I'm looking forward for more!
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The flight seems nice, but the bus ride is a bit weird. Aren't there more tourists in the Crimea?
Mcdonald's really looks the same everywhere. That interior decoration must be mass production

It looks promising. I'm looking forward for more!
Thanks) So after several hours of mountain road we reached the city Sevastopol. The bus stop shocked me, advertisment says: "Sevastopol. We offer the best."


http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/regihlam/view/760520/

The next day we went to the beach in the suburbs - a small village of Balaclava. A very picturesque place.


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Old June 27th, 2013, 07:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for this thread. Looks great so far.

That place looks like a desert. That is very surprising to me. Is that how it normally is?

Is the Crimea a desert?
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Thanks for this thread. Looks great so far.

That place looks like a desert. That is very surprising to me. Is that how it normally is?

Is the Crimea a desert?
Thank you. No, according wiki geographically, the peninsula is generally divided into three zones: steppes, mountains and southern coast. The southeast coast is flanked at a distance of 8–12 kilometres (5.0–7.5 mi) from the sea by a parallel range of mountains, the Crimean Mountains. These mountains are backed by secondary parallel ranges. Seventy-five percent of the remaining area of Crimea consists of semiarid prairie lands, a southward continuation of the Pontic steppes, which slope gently to the northwest from the foot of the Crimean Mountains. The main range of these mountains shoots up with extraordinary abruptness from the deep floor of the Black Sea to an altitude of 600–750 metres (1,969–2,461 ft), beginning at the southwest point of the peninsula, called Cape Fiolente. It was believed that this cape was supposedly crowned with the temple of Artemis, where Iphigeneia is said to have officiated as priestess. Uchan-su waterfall on the south slope of the mountains is the highest in Ukraine.
Numerous kurgans, or burial mounds, of the ancient Scythians are scattered across the Crimean steppes.

The Crimean Mountains near the city of Alushta.


The terrain that lies beyond the sheltering Crimean Mountain range is of an altogether different character. Here, the narrow strip of coast and the slopes of the mountains are smothered with greenery. This "riviera" stretches along the southeast coast from capes Fiolente and Aya, in the south, to Feodosiya, and is studded with summer sea-bathing resorts such as Alupka, Yalta, Gurzuf, Alushta, Sudak, and Feodosiya. During the years of Soviet rule, the resorts and dachas of this coast served as the prime perquisites of the politically loyal. In addition, vineyards and fruit orchards are located in the region. Fishing, mining, and the production of essential oils are also important. Numerous Crimean Tatar villages, mosques, monasteries, and palaces of the Russian imperial family and nobles are found here, as well as picturesque ancient Greek and medieval castles.
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Here is the neighborhood we lived in:









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City transport: in Sevastopol it works 24 hours! At night the price is little bit higher.





















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The tallest (I suppose) building in the city.





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Isn't there a famous fort there? I think some big battles happened there, no?
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Of course. The Crimean war was the main European war in the mid 19th century. Balaclava in the picture above was the area where an important battle was fought and it was also the British harbour in the war. Sevastopol was under siege for a year.

I think Sevastopol is still the base of the Russian Black Sea fleet.
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Of course. The Crimean war was the main European war in the mid 19th century. Balaclava in the picture above was the area where an important battle was fought and it was also the British harbour in the war. Sevastopol was under siege for a year.

I think Sevastopol is still the base of the Russian Black Sea fleet.
Right. It is a Hero City:

During World War II, Sevastopol withstood intensive bombardment by the Germans in 1941–1942, during the Axis siege which lasted for 250 days before it fell in July 1942. The city was intended to be renamed to "Theodorichshafen" in case of a German victory against the Soviet Union, and like the rest of the Crimea was designated for future colonization by the Third Reich. It was liberated by the Red Army on May 9, 1944 and was awarded with the Hero City title a year later.

All the city counts over 1500 monuments (!) dedicated basically to the World War II and Crimean war.

Here is monument to the scuttled ships:






Its one of the symbols of the city, you can also see it on city's flag o coat of arms (the star symbolize the hero city):



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Old June 29th, 2013, 05:32 PM   #14
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Old June 29th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #15
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Ha, they drink KVAC there too!

I wonder if you can buy one of those Soviet Navy flags somewhere. They are nice.
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I think you can Its russian navy, there is a russian navy base there)

Here is one of the city beaches in Park of Victory and the way home:



















































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I'm loving the tour, your pics are great, keep them coming
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Interesting, very nice photos from Ukraine
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Thank you

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Old June 30th, 2013, 02:32 PM   #20
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Nice pics! I want to go to Ukraine one day. Tuborg hey? I drank quite a lot of Tuborg Green when I was in Russia.
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