Odessa

Long May weekend in Odessa and around - city life and Dniester National park, beaches that are waiting for summer. A visit to the opera house, the good food, and lovely people. The city is full of these beautiful old buildings, French and Italian style from the 19th century, with two stories all aournd, and three to five stories in the center. Those old soviet cars mix with the new style. People are outside, in the parks, play games, talk, hang out. Summer tourists, probably mostly from the eastern European region, are yet missing from the scene, but the infrastructure near the beaches is waiting for them. It is most astounding though how few international tourists are here at all, while they flock into Riga, for example.

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Men playing Dominoes near Vorontsov Monument  

Men playing chess near Vorontsov Monument  

Painting portraits on Cathedral square  

Passage  

Lower Dniester National Park - White Lake because these flowers bloom white in June  

Lower Dniester National Park - Pelicans fishing in background  

Lower Dniester National Park  

Lower Dniester National Park  

Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi  

Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi  

Cemetery  

Bali Club in Zatoka waiting for the masses  

Zatoka datshas still hibernating  

Zatoka datshas still hibernating  

Zatoka datshas still hibernating  

Privoz Market  

Milk shakes at Privoz Market  

Privoz Market  

Behind Privoz Market  

Privoz Market  

Privoz Market  

Fashionable fish at Privoz Market  

Downtown Odessa  

Odessa Opera House filling up for a beautiful Carmen production  

Odessa Opera House  

Live Music in Bourbon Bar  

Downtown Odessa  

Sladkaya means sweet  

View to the harbour  

Near the beaches  

Near the beaches  

Near the beaches  

One of the many cats of Odessa