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Seaside and castle exploration

July 18, 2011

A person cannot go to Odessa, which is located on the Black Sea, and NOT spend a day at the beach. I learned yesterday morning that was to be our destination…

The beach was very nice, the water was a good temperature and though it was crowded, it was not as crowded as I had anticipated. However, as I did anticipate, I saw more flesh than I actually wanted to…but that is summertime here…I also experienced grabbing a chain and jumping under COLD running water to “refresh” after swimming in the sea. Hmm. At first I thought “nope, no way” but then realized, well, it was not dangerous, just cold.

And even though I hid under the umbrella except when I was in the water, I got some sunburn anyway. Sigh. Darn pale skin…but it was not as bad as it could have been – more pink than red. And I got to meet a couple of new Ukrainians, who brought us to the beach and with whom we had a late lunch afterward.

At Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky

This morning it was off to a destination outside the city – Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky. It is located on the Dnistr estuary, and had a city (called Tira) on its locale as far back as the 6th century BC.  The castle, which is currently located there, was built in the 15th century to defend Moldova from Turkish invasion (it didn’t work). The perimeter of the castle is over a mile in length, and we walked pretty much all of it…and inside…and the shore outside…

Walking around the ramparts was interesting. It was fairly high up with no safety rails, or safety mechanisms of any kind. So it was a bit of a challenge for a person who is not thrilled about being in high places where I don’t feel safe. But I did it!

Getting there and back should not be the challenge that it turned out to be. We took a marshrutka there, then found out there is no transportation that actually goes out to or near the castle (say what? This is a tourist attraction, right?) So we walked the 4 km or so to it (luckily we were in shade for most of it), and did the same back. We decided to save a few grivnas and (we thought) time in returning and took an electrichka…well, we were wrong…it took 45 minutes longer on the electrichka than it did on the marshrutka. Oh well, we got to see more of the seaside…

And so two more days in Odessa have passed. Why is it that time off seems to go by faster than work days?


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  1. Mom permalink
    July 18, 2011 1:11 pm

    You look lovely and happy. Pink skin? Sounds Irish to me! Welcome to the clan.

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