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The Wild Eastern Trip – Days 18 – 20: Beach


Yes, from time to time, the Viking and the Sweet Kitten like to take it easy, very easy… So, we spent 3 days on the beach. This is our last day in Sudak. We enjoyed it very much here and are very enthusiastic about our hotel, Edem Guest House. Check out their website: http://hotel-edem.crimea.ua/ Very friendly staff and an excellent…

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The Wild Eastern Trip – Day 17: Russia!


Yesterday we went back to the west a bit, today we went east, to the most eastern point of the Crimea to be exact. The region between Sudak and Feodosiya is very hilly, mountainous even, it’s fresh and green and you can visit a couple of vineyards. Feodosiya itself is very touristic, and has some very crowded – and noisy…

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The Wild Eastern Trip – Day 16: Yalta


We concluded that the beaches would be too crowded during the weekend, so we decided to do a couple of excursions. First, we went back to Yalta to have a look at the Massandra Palace, the former summer residence of Stalin. Again, we were convinced that would be enough road signs to help us, but alas… We had to ask…

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The Wild Eastern Trip – Day 14: Sudak


We felt so much at home in our hotel in Sevastopol, that we almost cried when we left it… But soon, we were in awe for the magnificent landscape between Sevastopol and Yalta! How beautiful Crimea is! And we are lucky again! In Sudak we are in a small hotel again, run by a family; another spacious room, a big…

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The Wild Eastern Trip – Day 12: Bakhchysaray


Today, we went to Bakhchysaray, a beautiful place to the north east of Sevastopol. One of the main points of interest is the Khans’ Palace. The complex was designed and built in the 16th century and is one of the biggest symbols of Tatar culture in the Crim. During subsequent wars, it was destroyed and afterwards rebuilt again. Apparently in…

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The Wild Eastern Trip – Day 11: Sevastopol


We are making progress … Slowly but surely, we are getting used to the Cyrillic alphabet. We left Mykolaiv without hardly any trouble and after a long drive we found our hotel in Sevastopol almost immediately. It’s the first time we didn’t have to ask for directions! We are staying in the very cosy Ruslan and Ludmilla hotel, situated in…

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The Wild Eastern Trip – Day 9 and 10: Mykolaiv


We left Odessa and headed north-east, to the town of Mykolaiv, one of the biggest ship building in Ukraine and even eastern Europe. The first day, we relaxed at the beautiful River hotel, dined and had cocktails near the Buh river. The second day, we headed to the beautiful nature reserve of Askania Nova, about 250 km to the southeast…

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The Wild Eastern Trip – Day 8: Odessa


Our main goal today was to see the famous Potemkin stairs. On our way, we discovered a little square with the statue of Katarina II: Opposite to this statue, there is another one, of the Duke of Richelieu, and that’s the place where the famous Potemkin stairs are! The name refers to the movie by Eisenstein, The Battleship Potemkin, which…

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