Sevastopol, Ukraine. Britain, France, and Turkey invaded Ukraine in the Crimean War because they wanted to control of commerce in the Black Sea. Itís too bad people canít live their lives without outsiders wanting to grab more. There are many monuments here, for war heroes and lost soldiers from the Crimean War and World War II. The Germans killed 27,000 people in Sevastopol and took 30,000 more back to Germany to use for hard labor. The Germans destroyed many monuments that were rebuilt by Sevastopol and Ukraine in the early 1960s. On our tour this morning we saw a huge (5,000 sq ft) 360 degree panoramic painting with a diorama in front of the painting. The combination was fantastic. They were blended so well that sometimes it was difficult to determine where the diorama ended and the painting began. This exhibit is a memorial to the Ukraine soldiers who fought during the Crimean War first assault on Sevastopol.
Sevastopol was, and is, a base for Soviet Union, Russian, and Ukraine submarines.
Food. Ah, wonderful, delicious food. For lunch, how about chicken-broccoli on rice, then lots of fruit. Letís top that off with a fruit/pastry dessert, followed by a sunday (vanilla fudge ice cream with chocolate chips, chocolate and marshmallow toppings, and whipped cream. Oh no, they also have macadamia nut cookies. Okay, a few of those also. What do you thinkÖ. should I walk a few laps around the ship? You know, one could get spoiled here.
Yesterday while we were on the
tour, at the building for the panoramic painting/ diorama, several
men and women needed to use the toilet. The guide showed us the
direction to the Water Closet (WC) (toilets). Thankfully there were
separate toilets for the men and women. At the entrances to both the
men's and women's toilets, we were surprised that there was a women
collecting $1 Ukraine currency (20 cents in $US, because $5 Ukraine
currency = 1$ US). None of the men or women on the tour had Ukraine
currency. I gave the WC woman $1 US, and said 5 men should be able
to go in. In very rough, broken, English, she said "no". I insisted
again, with the same reply. Eventually she let one additional man
in, with my dollar. It was the same situation on the women's side;
two women were let in with $1 US. I decided to let the over-payment
be a donation to the local economy, and a tip to the woman who has
toilet cleaning as her job.
The next day we are in the Aegean
Sea, and going through the Dardanelles.
Slide show: http://www.kuhnfamily.com/pictures/Trips/Europe-2007/index.html