As you can see, Yevpatoria is a mix of the grandiose and the mundane.
|Gates that proclaim the entrance to the "old city"|
Signs throughout the city proclaim "Yevpatoria- 2500 years!!" The architecture is an eclectic mix of religions and cultures.
|exterior shot of a local museum|
|Lions everywhere- why?|
One thing that is missing from this part of the city is the heavy architectural stamp of the USSR. Coming from Kharkov, I'm used to seeing it everywhere but it's noticeably absent from many of the tourist/wellness areas of Yevpatoria. Things are lighter, fancier, older.
|The sculpture museum was closed so we didn't see them up close. Lenin is on the far right.|
On Lenin Avenue is a wall with info on previous rulers and city names.
I guess in a city with so many conquerors, it would make sense for religion to be so heavily represented.
There's a spot on the beach where you can position yourself almost directly between the mosque and an orthodox church.
|Ad for the cafe "Mustafa" near the mosque|
There are two varieties of beaches in the city. The swimming/restorative kind (as seen in the previous entry) and the cement/fishing kind found near the port.
Even though the temperatures had dropped a bit by Sunday afternoon, it didn't stop people from coming out for a stroll last weekend-
If there's tourism in the summer, then there's probably drinking in the winter. The concrete steps of the beach were littered with empty vodka bottles.
|Vodka mini + bacon snack|
The city had changed some since our last visit. These fancy signs had appeared next to places of interest-
as well as lots of these signs which translate to "from the American people" and according to the US AID website, reflect US investments meant to bolster tourism in the city.
|I guess the US still has some money left. That's good news : )|
|there's a grocery store about 10 minutes away|
|You don't say!|
So please promise me that when you're in need of a seriously relaxing off-season vacation, you'll remember Yevpatoria and the TES spa hotel! It's a wonderful place to explore and unwind in. Maybe I'll see you there? : )
Yevpatoria in October, Part I (Oct 2013)
The photos that couldn't be squeezed into this post
Yevpatoria II: the Black Sea in the off season (March 2012)
Yevpatoria II: Architecture (March 2012)
Yevpatoria II: Arrival (March 2012)
Yevpatoria, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine (Jan 2012)