Villa Elena Hotel & Residences
Travel Blogs from Yalta
... in Cyrillic script looks like Russian. And to the untrained ear (ours for sure!) Ukrainian sounds like Russian. To us, the only evidence of a difference is that just about all road signs seem to comprise two different announcements – presumably one in Ukrainian and the other in Russian. Many cars have Russian number plates (distinguished by the international designation "RUS") while other, otherwise indistinguishable cars have Ukrainian number ...
... means of getting across. The original UAH200 was for Swallow's Nest and back but I ask the driver if we can stop at the Livadia Palace as it's enroute. No problem. I'll argue over the money later (for which I'm fully trained and qualified to do!).
Livadia Palace was, amongst other things, the former summer holiday home for Tsar Nicholas II and family. Obviously, they had no need for it after 1918. In 1945, it was used for the Yalta Conference between ...
... mountains that form the backdrop to Yalta. Here Stalin hoarded all the good wines after the Revolution in 1917. This was the main store and administrative HQ for Massandra Wineries. They make very fine but sugary dessert wines, sherries and excellent ports.
We wondered in amazement at the impressive vaults with wines that dated back to the 1800's. However, Mr H's marching men looted much of the stock in 1943 and I suspect many an SS Commander's grand ...
... in the restaurant.
Lviv was a beautiful city, and once again, thanks to couch surfing, we met another friendly Ukrainian. As we walked about 4km in the snow with our back packs, we finally made it to the train station. We were loving this weather, this city, this country. After all beautiful cities + friendly people = amazing Ukraine.
As we headed east we found ourselves on the Black Sea at the port city of Odessa. We weren’t surprised to find another Ukrainian ...
Yalta is a city a lot like Sevastopol only a bit more touristy. It's an OK place, but still very run down except for the real big tourist attractions. Actually the only real tourist attraction is the beach. The beach is not sand here on the beaches. It is all rock. This place is geared towards families as there are a lot of play places like slides, bumper cars or blow up toys for the kids to play on. The water walk is about 2 ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service