Kherson is a city with a population of 400,000 located in an area called the "bread basket" of the Ukraine. It is said to be one the best orchid and tomato areas of the country, benefiting from more than 260 days of sunshine each year. The climate is supposed to be the warmest of the Ukraine. It is located just 23 miles from the Black Sea and has both sea and river ports. It was founded in 1788 during time of Catherine the Great.
There are beautiful tree lined parks here including Lenin Park where there is still a statue of Lenin. The theatre has plays and ballet and there is the Museum of Fine Arts with Ukrainian and Russian paintings from last three centuries.