Travel Diaries Ukraine

Crimea, My Love

August 9, 2015
Siniciliya Veronica Pototska Crimea

When I was growing up I used to spend my summers in Crimea in the South of Ukraine. It is an amazingly beautiful area, the coast of the Black Sea with mountains, rocks, conservations, national parks, palaces, botanical gardens, prairies. A place where different cultures meet each other and create amazing food and wines, a place I really miss a lot.

Today is one of those days, when I feel that I desperately need to be there, to taste plov, to feel the Black Sea breeze, to smell the herbs in the mountain, have a picnic in the shades of cypresses, rent a catamaran or scooter and discover caves and unreachable beaches, trek miles and miles along the serpentine roads, pick up flowers and collect mussels from rocks underwater. Can you imagine, I have done it myself when I was a kid. I used to dive so much and I would totally destroy my nails, but who’d think about that, when you were getting your own food and then cook it on fire or in an open air kitchen.

Today, I found some photographs from my last visit to Crimea two years ago. When I say last, unfortunately I mean it. The place is annexed and it is a personal loss to me. It feels like loosing your best friend from childhood.

I would like to tell you a little about the place of this photoshoot. I went to a Palace Utes (Cliff), formerly called Country Estate of Princes Gagarin, built in 1907  in a pseudo-Gothic style, which is characterized by peaked roofs, angular fortress towers and narrow windows and created an amazing park around it.

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Wearing: JS Boutique

Location: Crimea, Ukraine

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28 Comments

  • Reply nmiller00 August 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I love the cactus picture. Gorgeous.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply YellowDogPinkPig August 10, 2015 at 6:51 am

    You make. Me want to go there! Great pictures!!

    Mandie from YellowDogPinkPig

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply kagundas August 10, 2015 at 10:23 am

    You are stunning and the land itself is gorgeous!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Jaelan @ Making Mrs. M August 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    What a gorgeous place.
    You are beautiful, too.

    I’m so sorry about the annexation. I know that means a lot of different things for a lot of different people.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you for your kind words!

  • Reply Lana August 10, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Amazing pictures, amazing girl!
    I have the same feeling about Crimea.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Alicia Marlene August 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Not only does that look like a beautiful place to be, but you are incredibly gorgeous yourself! You have awoken the wanderlust in me that wants to travel the world and see these amazing places! Thanks for the wonderful post!
    xoxo
    Alicia
    http://www.lifeofafatgirl.ca

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 11, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Thank you, Alicia! Inspiring others means a lot to me!

  • Reply classncharm August 11, 2015 at 7:26 am

    You are gorgeous!! You found yourself a new reader!! <3

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 11, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Thank you! These are the best words I could ever hear!

  • Reply Andrea T August 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

    That looks beautiful! I’ve heard great things about Crimea and this just amped up the wanderlust to see it. Beautiful photos!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you, Andrea!

  • Reply chefjoe11 August 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    What gorgeous photos, wow!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Pierced Wonderings August 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    What a beautiful place!

    I’ve been thinking about last visits lately – while not the same as your situation at all, I wonder if my last trip home will be the last…& if it was, did I make the most of it? I’m not sure on that one.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      The last visit home sounds like a decision with some strong feelings behind it…

  • Reply Hiba Boutari August 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Such beautiful, ethereal pictures!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Mary in Manhattan August 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Wow these pics are fab!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Missy August 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    You are so gorgeous!!! Looks like fun!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya August 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thank you, Missy!

  • Reply Anne Campbell August 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Gorgeous photos. This makes me want to travel 🙂

  • Reply laura londergan March 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    you look absolutely stunning in these photos – The scenery is just breathtaking as usual 😉

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