Not far from Bakhchisaray in the green Kacha River Valley aficionados of less travelled routes would be awarded by a magnificent view of the ancient cave monastery of Kachi-Kalyon. The history carved in stone dates to the 6th- 18th centuries, times of flourishing and development of the monastery. Impressive caves and grottoes bear ancient monastic attributes: cells for monks, remnants of the necropolis, a winery with massive stone wine presses, the Anastasia Church remains, chapel with still observable cut in the stone cross and the Anastasia Spring. This cave town belongs to less studied historical sites of the Crimea. Hopefully, the research works will go ahead of the natural demolition of the place, and scientists will have what to research.
I am now back home in Sweden, since 4 days, after a really great week in Odessa. I must have walked between 100-200 km in that city and worn out 2 pair of shoes during that time. And it was with mixed feelings I entered the airflight back home.
I also like to thank You again, Irina, for the great apartment and service You and your office provide, and You can be sure that I have promoted Odessa and your office a lot, among my friends, since I came home - the pictures I took of the city has really impressed them :-)
Odessa might be a worn down city (on its way up), and I understand if many people have a hard time dealing with all the chances in the society, but Odessa really did put its mark on me.