FASHION CRIMES ON THE CRIMEA – Sebastopol and Yalta

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There is plenty of history, most of it tragic, around Sebastopol and Yalta. The Peninsula was hotly contested in the Crimean War with absurd loss of life on all sides.

These days they’re still squabbling to establish beachheads, but only for sunbathing purposes. It’s hardly what we spoiled Australians would call beach at all; just a strip of pebbles by flat, uninviting water.

But if the beach is unappealing, there is plenty of fun to be had on the promenades.

Pinks seals fast becoming red lobsters. Yalta, Ukraine.

Pinks seals fast becoming red lobsters. Yalta, Ukraine.

You can slip a Romanov costume over your bikini and pose for the camera.

You can slip a Romanov costume over your bikini and pose for the camera.

You can cover up and dance with the Ukrainian Hari Krishnas.

You can cover up and dance with the Ukrainian Hari Krishnas.

You can have your hair braided.

You can have your hair braided…

....or get a holiday tattoo.

….or get a holiday tattoo.

You can pose with Chekhov and his lady with the dog. He came to Yalta for his health and called it his 'warm Siberia'.

You can pose with Chekhov and his lady with the dog. He came to Yalta for his health and called it his ‘warm Siberia’.

You can eat the world's most uninviting kebab. (Don't ask who the doner was!)

You can eat the world’s most uninviting kebab…(Don’t ask who the doner was!)

...and walk it off with a brisk stroll along the promenade.

You can take a stroll along the promenade.

You can play with the toys.

You can play with the toys.

You can watch a thrilling chess match.

You can watch a thrilling chess match…

...or see Aussie boy Hugh Jackman do his thing.

…or see Aussie boy Hugh Jackman do his thing.

And when you’ve had enough fun, you can get back on the ship.

The writer was the guest of Compagnie du Ponant. See traveltheworld.com.au

13 Comments

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13 responses to “FASHION CRIMES ON THE CRIMEA – Sebastopol and Yalta

  1. Love this! Not sure which pic is tr best though. Probably the guy in the tiny swimsuit with the tatoo and the lobsters on the beach!

  2. kevinmayne

    This is the world I missed when I was in the Crimea last October and the crowds had all gone home. I don’t know if I would swap my dusty ghost town experience for your high seasons, the bodies don’t exactly look inviting.

  3. What an interesting day you had.

  4. Great photos! That kebab though… what is that!?

  5. All this excitement … when are you two coming home? To your Petersham one, I mean

  6. How diverse is the shape and size of the human body……………………

  7. Another fabulous selection of pictures!

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