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.
Wearing: JS Boutique
Location: Crimea, Ukraine