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June 8, 2009
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
November 7, 2006
Forgive my vague address details for the Livadia Place -it's just that I haven't ever been able to find a definitive address. The Livadia is situated about 15 minutes drive west of Ylata - several bus services pass the entrance to the Palace and Gardens - check which numbers at the main bus station in Yalta. You have to do the work yourself because the Ukrainians still suffer from the "organized tour mentality" and don't really believe people can do things without being part of a group. This is why, arriving at the ticket office at Livadia, you are largely ignored and have to try hard to get someones attention. Most people come a part of a group with a dedicated guide. We tagged on the back of one of these, paying the 15UAH price but getting the commentary thrown in free (well I translated from German for my partner!)
Downstairs are the state rooms where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin decided the post-war structure of Europe at the Yalta Conference of 1945. You can also see the rooms which made up Rossevelt's apartments. Most impressive is the round table the delegates sat at and on the walls are the famous photographs of the three statesmen together. Upstairs is an exhibition thought the private suites of the ill-fated Romanovs The Russian royal family at the time of the revolution. Unfortunately only a few of the exhibits are captioned in English, then it tails off into Russian only. However, there are some moving photographs of the children in particular and some interesting personal effects. The rear rooms are the most amazing selection of souvenir shops I have ever seen! There are about ten, one leading into the next; all are huge and most sell the same things as the last room! Prices are cheaper than you might think and the stuff are surprisingly quite nice. If you are thinking about buying a set of Russian dolls you would do worse than looking here.
The grounds are wonderful and are free of charge, open from dawn until dusk daily. You can follow "Sunny Walk" which was created for Nicholas II when he was advised that the tuberculosis stricken Romanovs would benefit from more fresh air. It is a scenic stroll along the cliffs down to the sea. The Palace rooms are not that grand and exciting but there is a palpable feeling in the Livadia Palace of historic importance. I feel pleased that I was able to visit and would recommend this museum to adults with an interest in history.
From journal Crimean Caperings
October 22, 2001
From journal Crimea - the world heritage