Residence at Cape Idokopas

1 February 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month

© Russian Wikileaks/cc-by-3.0

© Russian Wikileaks/cc-by-3.0

The Residence at Cape Idokopas also known as the “Palace on the Idokopas Cape”, often called “Putin’s Palace”, “Dacha Putin”, “Putin’s country cottage”, etc., is a large Italianate palace complex located on the Black Sea coast near the village of Praskoveevka in Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. While officially dismissed in 2010 by Vladimir Putin‘s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, it has been claimed that the dacha was built for the personal use of Putin, and that its construction began during his first Presidency. Detailed claims about the project, which allegedly made improper use of state resources, were made by Sergei Kolesnikov, a businessman with ties to Putin dating from his time in Saint Petersburg prior to entering Kremlin politics.   read more…

Theme Week Ukraine

20 June 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Kiev © - Jorge Láscar/cc-by-2.0

Kiev © – Jorge Láscar/cc-by-2.0

Ukraine, somtimes called the Ukraine, is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast; Belarus to the northwest; Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia to the west; Romania and Moldova to the southwest; and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014 and now administers as two federal subjects of the Russian federation, but which Ukraine and most of the international community continue to recognise as Ukrainian. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world.   read more…

Pomorie on the Black Sea

16 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© - Boby Dimitrov/cc-by-sa-2.0

© – Boby Dimitrov/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pomorie is a town and seaside resort in southeastern Bulgaria, located on a narrow rocky peninsula in Burgas Bay on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.   read more…

Sunny Beach on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast

23 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Sunny Beach © Ванка5/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sunny Beach © Ванка5/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sunny Beach is a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located approximately 35 km north of Burgas in Nessebar municipality, Burgas Province. To the south Sunny Beach has grown together with Nessebar and Ravda, to the north with Saint Vlas. Sunny Beach is known for its intense nightlife with numerous bars, pubs and clubs and especially popular among younger people.   read more…

Burgas on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast

18 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Balkanregion/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Balkanregion/cc-by-sa-3.0

Burgas is the second-largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the fourth-largest in Bulgaria after Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna, with a population of 206,000. It is the capital of Burgas Province and an important industrial, transport, cultural and tourist centre.   read more…

Kerch on Crimea

14 February 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Main Street © KBDA3200/cc-by-3.0

Main Street © KBDA3200/cc-by-3.0

Kerch is a city on the Kerch Peninsula in the east of the Crimea in Ukraine. Founded 2,600 years ago as an ancient Greek colony, Kerch is considered to be one of the most ancient cities in Ukraine. The city experienced rapid growth starting in the 1920s and was the site of a major battle during World War II. Today, it is one of the largest cities in Crimea and is among the country’s most important industrial, transport and tourist centres.   read more…

Theme Week Crimea – Sevastopol

1 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Best Western Sevastopol Hotel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Best Western Sevastopol Hotel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sevastopol is one of two cities with special status in Ukraine (the other being the capital, Kiev), located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean Peninsula. It has a population of 379,000. Sevastopol is the second largest port in Ukraine, after the Port of Odessa. There are many historical buildings in the central and eastern parts of the city and Balaklava, some of which are architectural monuments. The Western districts have modern architecture. More recently, numerous skyscrapers have been built. Balaklava Bayfront Plaza (On Hold), currently under construction, will be one of the tallest buildings in Ukraine, at 173 m (568 ft) with 43 floors. The unique geographic location and navigation conditions of the city’s harbours make Sevastopol a strategically important naval point. It is also a popular seaside resort and tourist destination, mainly for visitors from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. The city continues to be the home of the Russian—formerly Soviet—Black Sea Fleet, and is now home to a Ukrainian naval base and has Russian naval facilities leased from Ukraine through 2042. The headquarters of both the Ukrainian Naval Forces and Russia’s Black Sea Fleet are located in the city.   read more…

Theme Week Crimea – The spa and holiday resort Yalta

18 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Livadia Palace - Yalta Conference © Hinnerk/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Livadia Palace – Yalta Conference © Hinnerk/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Yalta is a resort city in Crimea, southern Ukraine, on the north coast of the Black Sea. It is situated on a deep bay facing south towards the Black Sea, surrounded by wooded mountains. It has a warm humid subtropical climate with many vineyards and orchards in the vicinity. The term “The Greater Yalta” is used to designate a part of the Crimean southern coast spanning from Foros in the west to Gurzuf in the east and including the city of Yalta and multiple adjacent urban settlements. The town came to worldwide attention in 1945 when the Yalta Conference between the Big Three powers – the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom – was held at the Livadia Palace.   read more…

Anapa on the Black Sea

31 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Port of Anapa © - Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-2.0

Port of Anapa © – Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-2.0

Anapa is a town in Krasnodar Krai in Russia, located on the northern coast of the Black Sea near the Sea of Azov. Population: 59,000, up from 55,000 in 1990. The Town Theater of Anapa is located on Krymskaya Street. It was opened after the reconstruction of the Town Cultural Center. There are twenty nine public libraries including four for children. In 2010 the libraries of Anapa received more than 8,000 books, and magazines and newspapers were ordered costing more than 1,000,000 roubles, in addition, nine hundred CDs were purchased. There is museum of Local History on Protapova Street.   read more…

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