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    Odessa Champagne

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Your impressions of your stay in this city can be complemented by drinking some champagne made in Odessa such as "French Boulevard", "Odessa" and others.
    Odessa has long been famous for its champagne.
    You can recognize Odessa champagne by its black label.
    There are also new sorts of champagne.
    Odessa is also famous for its cognac. The trademark is called "Shustov".
    36 French Boulevard is the address of the famous Odessa winery that produces champagne and sparkling wines.
    The winery was founded in 1896 and is one of the few champagne wineries in Ukraine.
    This label is from Odessa red semisweet sparkling wine.
    I have always enjoyed that kind of wine!
    It was a good souvenir to take home and a good memory of my stay in Odessa.

    Fondest memory: Drinking some champagne from Odessa at the city beach.
    was lucky for the hotel where I used to stay many times - Magnolia - is just opposite the champagne winery! I was glad to stay at such a historical place and often think of French Boulevard that I explored each time I stayed there.
    Odessa Champagne Winery
    closed joint stock company
    36 French Boulevard
    Odessa 65058
    Ukraine

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    Passage Odessa

    by hunterV Updated Feb 14, 2010

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    Favorite thing: This is All-Ukrainian Odessa monthly magazine.
    More than 75 issues have been published already since June 1996.
    It contains a lot of interesting information connected with all sides of life in Odessa, with people who used to live and work here and who visited Odessa.
    You can find a lot of interesting articles about things connected with this city, a lot of Odessa anecdotes, etc.
    Alaxander Shatukh is the editor-in-chief.
    The editorial office is at 13 De Ribas Street (office # 21).
    If you'd like to get more information from Odessa, why not have a look at the web site from Odessa:
    www.odessapassage.com
    where there is Odessa chat, photo album, web cameras, competitions and other things for tourists there.

    Fondest memory: visiting the city beaches in the summer and cafes in all other seasons.
    www.odessapassage.com
    E-mail:
    passage@farlep.net
    +38 048 234 80 38
    +38 048 760 17 32
    +38 048 741 11 30

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    Naval Museum

    by fipsi Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    Inside the Naval Museum

    Fondest memory: Right next to the Opera House there is the Naval Museum. It mainly shows photos and models of ships. Don't expect English explanations!

    In the 19th century the building uses to house the "English Club", where noblemen and the rich merchants played for money.

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    Museum of Literature

    by fipsi Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    Inside the Museum of Literature

    Fondest memory: The former palace of prince Gagarin now houses the Literary Museum. The rooms are beautiful (especially the Golden Hall), but they are the only things you will find interesting if you don't understand Russian or Ukrainian, which is a pitty as this city inspired a lot of famous literats (e.g. Pushkin, Gogol,....). But if you understand the explanations you can enjoy a collection of works and personalia of writers and poets.

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    Construction Sites

    by hunterV Updated Jan 13, 2010

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    Trade and Business Center, Greek Street, Odessa

    Favorite thing: Construction sites are among the city sites, too.
    You can see them not only uptown where new apartment houses of very unique projects are being built, but also downtown.
    This concrete-and-glass building is going to be a new Trade and Business Center and is it being built by Gefest Co. in Greek Street.

    Fondest memory: exploring the streets in the Old City.

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    At the Golden Shore

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Bathing at the Golden Shore
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    Fondest memory: Having a happy family vacation in Odessa and bathing in the Black Sea at Golden Shore beach near Cape Big Fountain.
    It was unforgettable experience, especially for our daughter who enjoys swimming.
    We also went downtown to visit the main sites in Odessa and to “Privoz” market that is a must for every visitor of Odessa, too.
    “Privoz” market is located next to the railway station.

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    Odesa houses and yards

    by om_212 Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: the best way to get from one street to another if you are in a hurry is to cut through a "windy" Odesa yards. But even if you are not in a hurry, make sure to get a sneak-peek into one of those yards. homey, cozy, with people chatting on the benches, with grapevines crawling up old building walls, creating the pleasant shade in the summer, they will transfer you into a different, non-touristy Odesa; which has a lot to offer for those who know where to seek :)

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    Odesa Celebrations: City Days and Yumorina

    by om_212 Updated Sep 8, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Odesites like fun and lengthy celebrations. that's why they celebrate their City Day not for ONE but THREE days, from September 1 through 3. hundreds of people come to city so if you are planning to be in Odesa around those days, you better take care of hotel and ticket reservations well in advance, unless you travel by your a car and are not planning to sleep :)
    another popular holiday to mind is Odesa Yumorina (April's Fool Day, April 1)

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    Pussycat City...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 22, 2013

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    Favorite thing: If you're feline-phobic, then 0dessa is not the city for you, unless you spend your vacation, nearly offshore in the Maritime Hotel!
    0dessa just would not be the same city, if not for its plethora of pussies...
    'Koshichka' = pussycat
    'Koshka' = cat
    'Kot' = tomcat
    'Kotyonak' = kitten
    Wherever you go about here, a cat can be seen sleeping on a windowsill, dozing on a balcony, snoozing in a flowerbed, or just sitting on a wall in a pair, passing the time & watching 0dessites pass by...
    It truly is a cat city, both of pets & strays, & now there's even an online, 0dessa Files, attempting to photographically document the stray population - a task in itself, because, like many Eastern European countries, neutering is not commonplace in Ukraine...
    It does not really reflect well upon 0dessa, that so many stray cats are at large on its streets, & just how they get by, is a mystery in itself, but all the same, these creatures give character to the place...
    Cats are natural climbers, & 0dessa with its streets & courtyards overgrown with vines, give them a veritable jungle, & I'm told, some enter apartments & try to take their own snacks...
    The city's cat population probably started in order to control the rat population, which is usually out of control around a port...
    Now the cats have taken over, & seem as much at home here, as the people...
    Animals take after their keepers; or is it the other way around?
    There is a poem, '0dessa Pussycats', by Robin Hardy, which is about the city's 'dyevooshkee', alikening them to cats, & it's true, they are the most feline girls I've ever seen...

    Fondest memory: 0n my first visit to 0dessa, I had an apartment with a door that squeaked every time I opened it, like the sound effect from a horror film...
    Whenever I went out, the noise caused a skeletal cat to appear, poking its head up from a set of steps leading into next door's cellar, in order to see what was coming...
    After giving me a long stare, the ancient cat would disappear back down the steps into the shadows...
    I think the oldest cat I've ever seen was somebody's pet in 0dessa, & it was so thin it reminded me of the mummified cats that were removed from the Egyptian pyramids!
    When it moved, it was like a toy in slow motion, because the batteries are drained!
    Also, when I first went to 0dessa in August, I remember waking up because of the stifling heat, & finding this furry, damp lump on top of me, which turned out to be the owner's cat!
    I've never touched a sweaty cat before - that just demonstrates how humid high summer is in 0dessa...

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    The Past and the Present

    by bilgeez Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    Odessa Apartment Block

    Favorite thing: This is a typical housing block in Odessa, these are Soviet-era apartment buildings. This particular building was built in 1967, it seems older because of the spartan construction and that they were not all that well maintained over the years. This building had newly painted walls in the stairwells, the security doors work and the lights in the stairwells weren't burned-out, and it isn't leaking water or sewage, so it is in much better shape than many others! The city is trying to replace these aging relects to socialism, but it will be a long process because many of the owners of these apartments can't afford new one's and would rather stay in these, albeit they usually stink, either from sewage or mold and/or mildew, and are falling apart. Many of the owners enclose the balconies to help with keeping the apartment warm in winter. Most of these apartments have newer, insulated, euro-windows, but the buildings are still drafty and chilly. Most have central, hot water heat, that is not reliable, the radiators rarely get too hot to touch. Since this is also the hot water supply for the apartment, many have auxilliary hot water heaters because the hot water is usually not hot enough to bathe or wash with. Also electric and telephone service is often interrupted, sometimes for days. Ukraine's modest capitalist expansion was too much for the Soviet-era infrastructure to handle and is straining it to the max. I have a very difficult time calling to Ukraine, and when I succeed in getting through, the connection is usually very poor. Many newer apartments and hotels have their own water pumps and back-up generators for service outages. The more prestigious hotels in Odessa have these, (Londonskaya, Mozart, Kempinsky, etc.) and some apartments for tourists to let. If you rent an apartment, try to find out if they have their own back-ups in case the power or water are interrupted. Some times it may be days before they are back on-line.

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    Arkadia Park

    by eugini2001 Written Apr 13, 2004

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    restaraunts

    Favorite thing: In this park you can find a lot of different restaraunts:japaneese one,african style one or Egypt one.If you don't like the food at least you will enjoy the see view or building view.There are slot machines over there if you are tired of sun bathering on the beaches.

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    expense

    by deeper_blue Written Feb 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Some parts of the Ukraine are quite poor and underdeveloped but not Odessa and other major cities. It isn't cheap to stay here. Many buildings and streets are very modern and well looked after. Ukraien uses the Hryvnia 5hr=1US dollar

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    The Origin of Odesa's name

    by om_212 Updated Sep 14, 2010

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    in the name of greek Odessus

    Favorite thing: The origin of the city name has Greek roots. In the end of the 18 century there was a tradition to rename captured Turkish cities by Greek names. Khadybei was not an exception. In 1794 at one of the royal receptions in St. Petersburg, someone approached the Empress with a proposal to rename Khadjibei into Odessus in honor or an ancient Greek colony that was believed to be located there. The Empress liked the name but insisted on making it ‘female.’ Thus Odessus was turned into Odesa.

    It took some time for peasants to learn the new name, and out of habit, they still called it Khadjibei. 'To expedite’ the learning process, the following method was applied. At all outposts, kozaks asked peasants where they were going. Those who answered ‘to Khadjibei’ were flogged. The method turned to be extremely effective, and soon everyone called the city Odesa.

    P.S. the actual Greek colony Odessus was later discovered near Bulganin city Varna.

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    Arcadia beach - 1

    by Klod5 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Arcadia beach

    Favorite thing: The beaches are nearly all situated to the south of Odessa.
    Arcadia is to 1:30 march of the Chevtchenko park, or at 45 min. to the maritime station by boat blows when it functions. The terminus of the tram N° 5 is in Arcadia, and it remained the means the more sure and efficient to return himself of it.

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    Primorsky boulevard

    by Klod5 Written Jul 18, 2003

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    Primorsky boulevard

    Favorite thing: The famous Potemkine staircase, with its 192 marches duct in top of the harbor places Richelieu. The duke's statue is in the middle of a big semicircular place. Of the two sides of the place, a shady alley, the Primorsky boulevard, takes place in the same way in Meereslinie, more or less to 50 meters to the over of the sea level.

    Because of the numerous magnificent buildings, the Primorsky boulevard is in Odessa kicks it the more beautiful and largely free of automotive circulation. Northbound, it begins with the ruins of the palace of summer of the Count Woronzow. Woronzow was of 1823 until 1844 governor of Russia of the South and also had beautiful palaces in other places, for example in Crimea.

    The small, but very fine, Londonskaya hotel and the palace of the sailors hold the half of the south of the Primorsky boulevard. It ends, to the south, on the Puschkin place in front of the palace of the government of the city..

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