Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ялта (Yalta)

After Sevestapol and the crazy bus ride we made it in one piece to Yalta. Yalta is famous for 2 reasons mostly, first as the summer capital of the former Soviet Union where good, hard working factory workers were allowed to go to have a vacation. Secondly it's famous for the location of the 1945 Yalta Conference where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met and carved up Europe after WWII.

Yalta is beautiful, it's a smallish town surrounded by tall mountains on one side and the Black Sea on the other. The main drag (Lenin Street) is kitschy boardwalk where you can get your picture take with monkeys and eat expensive (relatively) food.

We stayed in a massive hotel, the 2300-bed Hotel Yalta. A 1970s built place that hasn't changed at all, it has a swimming pool, private beach, 7 restaurants, a shopping alley, dolphin show, disco, casino, etc. It was quite the place to say the least. On top of that it cost about $30 per night for the two of us.

For all pictures have a look at the post below, there's a link to all of them.

Next, I'll post a bit about the surrounding area and what we did in Yalta for 5 days.


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