Villa Elena Hotel & Residences
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... 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 ...
... the meeting, drinks...... you get the gist of it. The Swallow's nest as its quaintly called, is a fantastical castle ( designed for a German by an American!) perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea. A walk littered with steps and all in over 30 degrees...had to walk out to it though. There is a zip line that also takes you out but that was never a consideration. After completing this we headed out to yet ...
... 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 ...