Crimea is not just the news

For many people Crimea is a place far far away. We hear about it on the news. As a result this wonderful place is highly associated with war, politics, instability, and aggression. But for me it is a place where my grandparent spent their life. Surprisingly, every time I went to visit them I realized that this is a well hidden treasure. And there are plenty of interesting and note worthy places that make my heart ache with memories of childhood. Of course I can share paint the picture of struggle and negativity. But Crimea I see is a naturally beautiful and happy place.

How did I get around?

Ferry to Crimea
Ferry to Crimea

Getting to Crimea from Russia is easy. Well, that is when the waters are calm. Because you have to take a ferry. There is still no bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia. As for when you get there – it is even easier. You can simply use buses or route taxis that are very popular. Be prepared to beautiful views from the window as you cross from one city to another.

Crimea roads
Crimea roads

Crimea and Alexander Grin

Alexander Grin Museum
Alexander Grin Museum – Crimea

Growing up I loved reading Alexander Grin. For those who have no idea – he is one of the less known authors. He created his own magical mythology that was based on Crimea. This writer, one of my favorites, painted a wondrous country on the well known landscape. Reading Grin is a pleasure, especially in comparison to lots of Russian authors who are very depressing. Similarly to how Dickens created his England, Grin is the image of Crimea in Russian literature. For me it was a magical mixture similar to Latin America, French Riviera, Capri and everything far away and foreign. So it is strange to call Crimea simply a part of Russia. It will forever be this ideal place where people live near the sea and understand that most of the things pale in comparison to this force of nature. Despite tragic life and lots of sadness three of Grin’s stories end with and they lived happily ever after. Maybe that’s why I still love fairy tails. So Grin gave me a great gift of seeing a different Crimea. A place full of life, love, passion, and unconditional faith that we are born to be happy.

She who runs on the waves
She who runs on the waves – Illustration – Grin Museum Crimea
Alexander Grin jail card
Alexander Grin jail card – Grin Museum Crimea

Yalta is breathtaking

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Yalta is a resort city on the south coast of the Crimean peninsula. And it is a small capital of little wonders and surprises. I love roaming around the shore, looking at little monuments, observing locals. And I love the fact that you can also experience expensive Yalta with allthe fancy restaurants. It is a city that is well lit at night. It is also holds one of the architectural treasures – Swallow’s nest. So yes, it is a typical touristy city – resort capital. But it is also historical wonder for all who pay attention to delicate little wonders.

Seaside restaurant Yalta Crimea
Seaside restaurant Yalta Crimea
The lady with the dog literature tribute
The lady with the dog literature tribute Yalta Crimea
Swallows nest Yalta Crimea
Swallow’s nest Yalta Crimea

Crimea has breathtaking views and mountain temples

Every time I visit a foreign country, I go to an old church. And with Russian heritage I am spoiled. I am used to beautiful temples and gorgeous icons. But Crimea still surprises me with wonders. Find a simple mountain temple along the way and take time to climb the stairs or road to visit it. You will not regret the effort.

Mountain Temple Crimea
Mountain Temple Crimea

 

More beautiful things about Crimea

If you are still not convinced that Crimea is simply but filled magical place, there are plenty of other treasures that you can discover here. But please do not take my word for it and go see for yourselves. If you love Russian poetry – Alexander Pushkin left a huge heritage related to Crimea. If you are into architecture, try  Bakchisaray palace. And if you love ships – well Sevastopol is rich with history and memories of war. And for those who love palaces – my favorite is Vorontsov palace in Alupka. It holds so much history. Fun fact is that Churchill absolutely loved the white lions there. And so do I. Vorontsov family is also fascinating. It is surrounded with  adventures, love, and suffering – a movie in the making. There is so much more I would love to share about Crimea, but I want you to discover it as well. If you have been – please share your favorite place or moment there.

Sevastopol City square
Sevastopol City square
Bakhchisaray Crimea
Bakhchisaray Crimea
Vorontsov palace lion statue
Vorontsov palace lion statue

My recommendation to read by Alexander Grin:

I love nature and animals. And I adore everything naturally beautiful. No matter if it is a purple flower in my park or some smart finance idea – all things are wondrous in their own way. I see life as constant adventure and opportunity to learn new things. I enjoy being positive and sharing my smile and knowledge to help you on your way to a more beautiful life.

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