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Twelve Days in Ukraine 4: Odessa

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An August 2013 trip to Ukraine by Essexgirl09

Black Sea Hotel Photo, Odessa, Ukraine More Photos
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Odessa Archeological Museum

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Attraction | "Odessa's Old Stuff"

Archeology Museum Photo, Odessa, Ukraine
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With some free time in Odessa I decided to have a look around at one of the museums. The city has several museums, but on such a pleasant day I didn’t want to trail around them all, I wanted to spend some time outside too. I decided on the Archaeological museum as I remembered passing it on our guided walking tour the day before, with an interesting Classical style sculpture outside. I tried very hard to get a photograph of the museum and sculpture without others in the way, but this proved nigh on impossible! The museum is located at the port end of the city, close to the Potemkin Steps and the Pushkin Memorial. I had a look in the entrance hall and saw a brief history of the museum ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2013

Tavernetta

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Restaurant | "Tasty Tavernetta"

Tavernetta Photo, Odessa, Ukraine
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Tavernetta is a lovely Italian style restaurant at 45 Yekaterininskaya (Katherine Street), one of the major streets leading to the seaport in Odessa. Our hotel was situated only a few streets away and we wandered down here to see what we could find, and were very pleased with this contemporary style Italian restaurant. If you are at the bottom of Katherine Street, then this is probably 10-15 minutes up if walking, a little way up from the busy, bustling heart. This was not the cheapest place we ate, but Odessa is not a cheap city. That said, it is still cheaper than much of Western Europe. You will certainly still find cheaper meals in the city, but if you are looking for something set up for a bit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2013

Tavernetta
45 Yekaterininskaya
Odessa, ukraine

Catacombs

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Attraction | "Underground Odessa"

Catacombs Photo, Odessa, Ukraine
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The Odessa catacombs are located throughout the city, but up to 40-50m underground, so you wouldn’t know they were there. To visit them you need to book a tour (most hotels and travel agencies in the city should be able to organise this) with a guide and costs between UAH 250-300 (approx. £20). The museum and tunnel entrance is located about 10km outside of the city. The catacombs have been here for centuries, but didn’t really develop until about 200 years ago when it was used as a quarry for the limestone they contained, which was used for building the city. It has also been used by smugglers, arms dealers and printing illegal money by the entrepreneurial criminals of the city, and th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2013

Catacombs

Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater

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Attraction | "Beautifully Baroque"

Odessa State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater Photo, Odessa, Ukraine
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The magnificent Baroque Opera and Ballet Theatre in Odessa is a building that really stands out. The city is full of baroque architecture, much of it now faded, but this building has been renovated in 2007 and can’t be missed by anyone in the heart of the city. Opened in 1877 to replace the previous theatre, which had been destroyed by fire, the costly theatre has no doubt repaid the citizens of Odessa over and over again as it attracted big names such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Caruso and Pavlova to its magnificent interior.Tickets, such as those in the equivalent of the Royal Circle, are UAH 300 (£22) with the next level being UAH250 (£18.50). There are two higher (cheaper) levels as...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2013

Odessa State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater
Tchaikovsry str, 1
Odessa, Ukraine

Black Sea Hotel

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Hotel | "No Sea View of the Black Sea "

Black Sea Hotel Photo, Odessa, Ukraine
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The hotel, 15-20 minutes by foot from the heart of Odessa, was selected by my tour operator thus price was included in my holiday. A typical basic twin room price is about €70 per room which I thought quite expensive for the standard of room, but Odessa is a n expensive city. There are four Black Sea hotels in the city, this one is located on Richelieu Street, near the railway station. The hotel is a little way from the main part of Odessa, but still fairly central. There are some restaurants nearby, but the real action is a good walk away. The hotel is quite bland from the outside, but the ground floor windows offer a lot of light to the bright, modern and spacious recepti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2013