April 9, 2012

On April 9,2012, we arrived in Odessa in the Ukraine. It was a very cold & windy 41º F when we left for our tour the “Best of Odessa”. We left the pier which is situated right below the town and at the foot of the Potemkin Stairs by bus and proceeded to the area called “The Duke”. Here we left the bus. The Duke is situated at the top of the Potemkin Stairs and has the Monument to Duc de Richelieu as its focal point.

We started to walk along Primorsky Blvd. Passing street entertainers as we proceeded to the Town Hall, Archaeological Museum and ending up at the Opera House. We then drove to the Preobrazhensky Cathedral, which was just renovated after it was nearly destroyed by the Communists.

Around the side of the Cathedral was a small craft market, that sold typical souvenirs. We then visited the Obelisk for the Unknown Sailor, where the honor guard is comprised of local children. After lunch we attended a performance the Odessa Ballet.

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