Odessa Journals

Going Home! - Odessa, Ukraine

A June 2007 trip to Odessa by SvetaB

Car Photo, Odessa, Ukraine More Photos
Quote: Returned back to my home country for the first time in 17 years for two weeks in the beginning of June.

Beaches in Odessa

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Patrons Photo, Odessa, Ukraine
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Many people go to this beach so it's not really clean. There are great restaurants at the end of the sand, and some topless tanning. It's not a nude beach, but it's eastern Europe so any beach is a nude beach if you want it to be. The water is always cool and refreshing, no matter how hot it may be. A truly beautiful sight and you can see most of the city people there on any given day. Everyone is at the beach all summer, which explains their great tans. I didn't swim at Arkadi, but went to the gorgeous night clubs instead. For a seemingly poorer place, their nightlife is amazing. One nightclub had an Arctic theme so it looked like it was made of ice, another had a Roman theme and had co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2007

Prevoz

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A lot more fish! Photo,
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This is an outdoor market where they sell all sorts of fresh produce, meat (especially fish), and pickled foods. This is all outside and there are several vendors around the produce that sell pretty much anything else (from gold to clothes). The prices are cheap, but, again, you should be careful not to get ripped off. Some woman tried to sell me on small fish for US$5, which is ridiculous if you consider that the average person in Odessa earns about US$25 a week. A fifth of your salary on a single small fish? It doesn't sound likely. The post popular thing here is the fish. As a port city, seafood is a large part of the diet. Many people eat dried fish with a big glass of beer. At this m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2007

Car Photo, Odessa, Ukraine
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Perhaps I'm partial, but Odessa is simply beautiful. Discovered by the Greeks, founded by the French, and for years an independent port, the city is busting with cultures from around the world. Although, the people tend to like their own. However, don't let this turn you off to the city because people still act nicely and the American hand is evident in the city. While walking down Deribasifskaya, the main street through the city, I saw several American stylized restaurants, including an Irish pub! The city isn't what it used to be. Due to lack of funding, parts of the city are completely decrepit, but other parts looks like a part of western Europe. You can buy anything you want, they s...Read More