The cobblestone and tall acacia trees on the Frantsuzsky Boulevard are most reminiscent of Old Odessa. This place was home to Odessa wealthy merchants in the old days. Now the boulevard is one of the most picturesque resort districts in Odessa. The cable car rides from the Boulevard down to the Lanzheron Beach. It is fun and costs less than $5.
The steep hill parts the Frantsuzsky Boulevard from 3 beaches beneath. Paths and stairs lead downhill to the sea shore through a green zone closed to vehicle traffic. It is a favorite sight for picnics.
The Ukraine is a beautiful and fascinating country, but also a difficult one to get around in without local knowledge, especially of the language. It is also one of the very few places I have visited where people are uniformly polite and friendly with visitors and where virtually no one tried to rip me off. Fantastic.
Tanya and Igor worked tirelessly to give me the holiday I wanted at the price (not exorbitant) that I wanted to pay and always with a rare charm and personal attention. I spent two weeks in Odessa staying in a private, rented apartment and I had a brilliant time. It's a wonderful, beautiful and vibrant city. Catch it now, before the package tourist hordes discover it. I arranged and paid for it all by e-mail through Unipress and it was the easiest to arrange and best organised trip I've had in a very long time.