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Summer in Yalta

 

Yalta, an enchanting resort town on the southern coast of the Crimea, is the very quintessence of what the Crimea can offer to the vacationers. Yalta still reverberates with the echoes of its Bohemian past, and now continues to be a magnet for epicureans and conneuseurs of all sorts, and for those who are after sensuous pleasures.

Naberezhna the Seaside Promenade, is probably Yaltas very heart. It is graced with magnolias and oleanders; innumerable cafes test your ability to withstand culinary temptations. Aromas of coffee and fragrances of the blooming plants permeate the air. Professional photographers offer to have your picture taken wearing a royal dress or an outfit of a thug; music comes from so many sides that it can become a nuisance; pythons and eagles are on display on somebodys shoulders or wrists; souvenirs, from paintings to sea shells, galore anywhere you look.

Along the Promenade stretch the beaches, covered shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip by bodies of all sizes, of many colors, from white and pink to black, graceful and obese, all frozen in sun-absorbing immobility.

Yalta has been sung by poets, it featured in many novels and short stories; Yalta was and continues to be loved by so many, me included, even though some of its older lovers complain that the spirit of the true, old Yalta is gone.

And if you happen to fall in love in Yalta well, lets leave the rest to imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Yehven BUDKO

 

Photos by Oleksandr KADNIKOV

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