Welcome to my Epic Crimean Adventure™!
Are you curious about Crimea? Contemplating a vacation there? Wondering why millions of Russians (and some Ukrainians) go to Crimea every summer? Heard of the place for the first time ever in the 2014 news bulletins and wondering where the heck it is on a map? You’ve come to the right place for the answers to all of the above.
On this blog you will find the do’s, the don’ts and the how-to’s of Crimea travel, as experienced by a Crimea newbie over the course of 18 days. You will be overloaded with hundreds of photos from the region’s cultural sites and natural wonders. You will learn what to eat and drink (spoiler alert: EVERYTHING), when to go, and what to bring back with you. What you won’t find here is 1) politics and 2) pictures of shirtless President Putin on a tank, so if that’s your thing, you will be disappointed.
Without further ado, let’s get you started!
Why would you want go to Crimea in the first place? I went to ride horses, write a novel and have an adventure, but you might want to go for the wine, palaces, museums, mountains, sea, sand and sun.
Wow, I’ve already convinced you to give Crimea a try? Please feel free to email me about the essentials you should know about Crimea (I will update this page with them in the future): when is the best time to go, how to get there, where to stay, what to bring with you, how much it will all cost you, and what kinds of amenities you should – and should not – expect when you arrive. But just so that you go in with your eyes fully open, here are some not-so-glamorous things about Crimean travel (along with some highlights, but we’ll get to a hella more of those in a second).
Before we settle in for a journey through Crimea, let me ask you something: are you hungry? If you are, here are the kinds of deliciousness you’ll be able to enjoy if you were in Crimea right now – in its restaurants, at farmers’ markets and while wandering around. Oh, you weren’t hungry? Well, after checking out those posts, you will be!
And now for the main course. Please join me on…
Day 3, as I embark on my first Epic Adventure, get stuck on a side of a mountain, but eventually make it to an elusive, exclusive – and technically closed to the public – beach, beloved by a Russian Tsar;
Day 17, as I get soaked in a downpour while on a boat to Crimea’s Golden Gate and Kara-Dag volcano, and have to save myself from imminent demise in the hands of the elements by consuming copious amounts of Port in Koktebel;