The Dneiper

Having been raised on the banks of the Fraser River, I was excited to see the Dneiper. (silent D)

After the hub-bub of the cities, a peaceful river was just what I needed. It is incredibly wide in some sections with just a narrow channel , (100 feet approx)  for the boats to travel. The mouth of the river is very grassy, a series of low islands and there are also several locks to travel up the river as well.  Fishermen were out with their rods and little boats all along the river, there were beaches. Small houses along the shore  and farms in the back ground.

The Crimea

It is taking me awhile to get back into the habit of writing a blog.

We left Odessa and went over to the Crimean peninsula. Sevastopol and Yalta, I first learned that I had to pronounce Sevastopol differently. More SevesToepol than SeVastopole. We heard all about the Defence of Sevastopol and also the Charge of the Light Brigade.  We also went to Balaklava, yes, the knit wear came from there.Inside the tunnel, the opening of the tunnel is not visible from the Black Sea.

This is a less run down area because it is the French Rivera of the Ukraine, so more money and resorts(spas).

We went to the diorama of the Defense of Sevastopol and it was a tremendous piece of art 179 meters long,  with 4000 soldiers painted on it, it was like viewing the battle from a mountain top.

The charge of the Light brigade location  is now grape vines.  l is the site of a submarine repair cave from the cold war. It was quite incredible to see.

We visited a Khan’s palace  in Bakhchisaral, wonderful rooms, textiles  and lovely enclosed gardens.

Carpets covered the floor, and the seating benches around the room, cushions were covered with carpets as well.

In Yalta we visited the White palace, the summer home of the last Csar of Russia.

A wonderful building with incredible carpets on the floors for all the tourists to walk on day after day. They weren’t originals from the Csar’s time but still all those shoes. There were enclosed gardens and wonderful chandeliers.

This is the building where Roosevelt met with Churchill and Stalin to sign the treaty.

We drove out to see a building called the Swallow’s nest. We saw it from a distance.  But a stunning location.

There was always souvenirs at each stop, and sometimes food and we tried a confection. I was going to call it candy but really it wasn’t sweet.  Small groups of nuts encased in a gelatin substance and strung together on a string.  It tasted better than it sounds.

As a side note, last month in Halifax, in an old cemetery, we found a monument to a couple of fallen officers who fought at Sevestopol.  That was the last thing we expected to see.