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[12 Oct 2009]

Ukraine is a beautiful country full of many natural wonders. But which wonders are the best? This question was put to the test late last year when a panel of Ukrainian experts and a panel of everyday people each voted for their seven favorite natural sites. The results of the poll are listed below. Which site would you most like to visit?   7. Sinevir Lake (Transcarpathian Region) The beautiful Sinevir is located in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains and is part of the National Park Sinevir. Approximately 10,000 years old, the lake is surrounded by mountains and a forest populated by 150-year-old trees. According to a local legend, the lake was formed by the tears of a heartbroken maiden who lost her love at the hands of her father.      6. Svitiaz lake (Volyn Region) Svitiaz is the biggest, deepest lake in Ukraine with a maximum depth of 58 meters, or 190 feet. Part of Shatsk National Nature Park, Svitiaz’s clear water and sandy beaches draw tourists from all over the country. Several kinds of fish call the lake home, including perch, catfish, eel, and carp, just to name a few.     5. National Natural Park “Podolskie Tovtry” (Khmelnitzk Region) In 1996, Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma formed this national nature park in an effort to protect the natural beauties of the land. The area boasts many healthful benefits, including mineral waters and rare plants used for medicinal purposes.     4. Marble Caves (Crimea) The marble caves are a breathtaking series of caves located in the Crimean Mountains. The caves run to a depth of approximately 60 meters, or 196 feet, and are connected by a series of corridors. Only a small portion of this is open to tourists. Speleologists consider the marble caves to be one of the five most beautiful, tourist-friendly caves in the world.     3. Dniester Canyon (Vinnitza, Ivano-Frankovsk, Ternopol, and Khmelnitzk Regions) The Dniester River is a 250 kilometer stretch of river that flows through a canyon valley. Its limestone slopes are populated by numerous plants and animals, and the river flows past many manmade and natural wonders, including waterfalls, caves, castles, and ancient churches. The canyon is also a popular site for skydivers.     2. Granite-Steppe Pobuzhie (Nikolaev Region) This regional park was founded in 1994 to preserve the region’s many natural treasures. The area is full of impressive rocks and coastal mazes sure to delight adventurers and nature lovers alike. Like many of the natural wonders on this list, an abundance of plants of animals thrive in the granite-steppe Pobuzhie.     1. Askania-Nova (Kherson Region) The Askania-Nova is a natural reserve complete with a zoo, botanical garden, and a pristine steppe preserve. Many animals roam the reserve, including wild horses, bison, ostriches, llamas, zebras, birds, and many others. The largest captive group of Przewalski's Horse are also housed here.  

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[22 Sep 2009]

Sady Pobedy is a stunning luxury shopping center located in Odessa.  Also known as “Victory Gardens,” this building is unique in Ukraine due to its scale, construction approach and format.  Featuring state of the art air filtration and eco-friendly lighting systems as well as five levels of boutiques, restaurants, bars, even an art gallery and concert hall, the building combines both beauty and function seamlessly.    The Art gallery on the fourth level was opened on March 25, 2007 with the exhibition of the works of Odessa artists. From the first day of its existence, the gallery gained impetuous working tempo. Within the period of six months there were four personal and three joint exhibitions. The works of more than 40 Ukrainian artists are represented on 250 m squared of the exhibition.   The gallery possesses a great collection of beautiful works of the best South -Russian artists of the 50’s – 70’s and the 20th century, such as Sheluto, Astmanchyk, Lomnkin, Rusin, Pavluk, Yegorov, Tokarev and others. The gallery works in different directions: there are exhibitions of famous artists, artistic family dynasties and naturally young talented artists.   Within a short period the gallery in “Sady Pobedy” took the leading place in cultural life of Odessa and gained popularity beyond the city.   Visitors to Sady Pobedy must also visit the restaurant of the same name on the fifth level.  Here you will find the delicious intersection of gastronomic pleasure and simple life ideals.    “Ordinary” cuisine by Aleksey Pusik and Svetalna Puliko is not that ordinary actually. The restaurant is looking forward to serving guests at breakfast, lunch and dinner by candlelight. The chef will certainly create new dishes in accordance with season. The head-cook will delight you with his favourite dishes, such as Mediterranean cuisine, Caucasian cuisine and traditional Ukrainian cuisine. There is also a lounge- café, where you can enjoy the Best Brand Coffee and cigars. The summer patio offers a separate bar, a patio for “relaxation” and a pre-party with a glamorous view of the city.   Also on the fifth level is an amazing concert hall surrounded by the adjoining restaurants.  From here, you may dine on a select concert menu while you enjoy musicians and dance performances in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.   We definitely recommend you stop by this world class establishment during your visit to Odessa, whether it is to go on a shopping excursion with your date, enjoy a romantic dinner, enjoy a concert together, view magnificent works of art… or even all of the above!      

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[17 Sep 2009]

In Odessa you can find the well-known, 192 step Potemkinsky Ladder. Prince Vorontsov presented it to his wife Elizabeth and paid about 800 thousand roubles, which was considered big money in the early 1800s.  During the Soviet period, the steps were renamed in honour of revolt on a battleship "Potyomkin" in 1905. Before the revolution the ladder was called the Richelieu Steps because on a top there is a monument to the count Duke to De Rishele, the city founder. The construction of this huge ladder had begun in 1837 and was finished in 1841. The author of the project was architect F.Boffo, who had deliberately developed construction proportions. The ladder’s width on the top is 12.3 metres and at the bottom is it 21.6 metres. Initially the ladder had 200 steps, later, at a lay-out of the Seaside Street, eight steps were covered with ground, and they, according to words of the old residents, are hidden in depth of a public road.   This ladder is built at the place of another one made from a shell rock. It led to the Turkish fortress of Eni-Dunja. Then there was a wooden one containing 220 steps and it led down to the sea to bathing coast.   Some features of this construction are very interesting. So, at first sight only platforms (except the top march) from above are visible. Ladder parapets seem to be parallel. This visual effect is created because of gradual expansion of a ladder from the top to the bottom. If to look from below, platforms disappear. We see continuous cascade of steps and ladder seems to be grown. It was the core idea of its founders. They wanted to strengthen its perspective by enlarging length of the ladder, and to give it majestic view. Its steps and platforms were covered with Triest`s stone delivered with ships that came here to get bread. Side parapets were made from the local shell rock. In 1933 during reconstruction steps were replaced with pink-gray granite.   It is a magnificent place from which you can enjoy an amazing view on the picturesque Port of Odessa. The flying sea-gulls and the ships that are moored in the harbour will arouse the most positive and splendid feelings in your heart! And this is the best place for you and your match to walk, take unforgettable pictures and even look at sunset!          

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[15 Sep 2009]

Welcome to Odessa’s nightlife experience and quiet possibly the best club in the world. While privacy may questionably be at stake, fun is not. Hundreds of patrons visit this club nightly, most to do nothing but relax, listen to music and dance as it provides probably the most perfect setting to do so while in Odessa.   Yo is a massive, ‘off’ season club in Odessa (seasons other than summer) that still ranks among the best despite its long existence. The interiors of this Odessa nightclub look polished and ultra modern. Get here early if you want to bowl or play billiards, and remember; the influence of alcohol can significantly impair your playing abilities! Note that Wednesdays are jazz nights, with excellent live performances. If gambling is your vice, give luck a try at the slots or table games available for your entertainment in Odessa. Expect to see a colorful bunch of people in this Odessa nightclub. Girls are always aplenty, as well as a large number of tourists hoping to attract their attention. While you dance, the DJ will spin Euro house but other genres are available upon request along with a 20hr note.   Along with Odessa's Amsterdam, this club is a must visit for anyone visiting Odessa outside of the summer season. Expect to hear mostly commercial Pop at this Odessa night club. There are also various well-known local DJs, which perform at the club on weekly basis. Drinks are served with enthusiasm and are surprisingly cheap on a comparison basis, make sure to make a reservation for a table in advance and in person.    

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[14 Sep 2009]

The “Poseydon” Waterpark in Odessa is one of the best leading tourist attractions, which is located in Chabanka - a resort zone of Black Sea Coast in 30 km from Odessa . It`s the largest one in the Eastern Europe and is highly competitive with a water park in Krakow, Poland!   The waterpark is a covered four-storied construction, made of glass and concrete with 3 swimming pools (one for adults and 2 for children), 10 attractions, hydro massages and geysers.   The building accommodates 500 persons at once. Children's pools depth is about 30 cm and 1 m deep. For adults, the depth is about 1.4 m. Water temperature is 28-30C degrees, air`s is 32C degrees.   Hospitable Neptune invites you to his Water Kingdom where visitors can have a great rest and a good time, to admire the waterfalls, underwater geysers, to swim in the pool which has special hydro massage walls. Here you also will find a lovely pearl-blue platform where the symphonic orchestra with its full complement freely takes a place. All of this will leave an unforgettable impression on you!   For people who love extreme feelings Odessa Water park offers 10 attractions (6 for adult and 4 for children); * The Streamer;* The Kamikaze;* The Plait;* The Space cylinder;* The Hydro massage wall;* Underwater geysers;* Water Falls.   The waterslide "Streamer"(it has a length about 156 m) which begins inside of the building is especially interesting, because it lasts outside and again comes back under glass dome.   Also if you just want to sit somewhere and relax, while your friends or match is having fun on attractions, Water Park has 2 snack bars, 4 individual solariums, open solarium-terrace, a fitness bar and much more.   So, if you're looking for interesting and exciting things to do in Odessa and want to have a great unforgettable day, then go to this Waterpark and enjoy life completely!        

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[11 Sep 2009]

Medzhybizh Castle, located in the small town of Medzhybizh, is a prominent attraction you must visit during your trip to Ukraine.  The castle was constructed between the Bug and Buzhok rivers, replacing an older wooden fortress which was destroyed in 1255.  It was rebuilt in the 16th century when the region came under the control of the Sieniawski and Potocki Polish noble families.  Work began in 1511 on the stone fortifications which can still be seen today.  A dam was built upon the Southern Bug river to create a defensive lake, as well as a rhomboid castle with four towers.  These state of the art fortifications made Medzhybizh Castle one of the strongest military installations in the region and aided its prosperity over the next three centuries.   The town of Medzhybizh has grown around the fortress erected on the rocky hill, overlooking the river, meadows and woods.  The small town is threaded with serpentine streets and sweet smelling air, lending a cozy feeling to visitors.  Medzhybizh is a quiet town, where travelers are sure to be charmed by the unforgettable sincerity of its people and the generosity of the land.   Current excavations are archeologists’ research is proving that Medzhybizh is much older than it was once considered to be – the landmark is now considered to be more than 850 years old.    The citadel now houses an open air museum dedicated to Ukrainian and European history.  Every year, an international festival of medieval culture is arranged beyond the ancient walls of the citadel.    The area is also rich in Jewish history and culture.  North of the town, visitors can find an old Jewish cemetery, which has become a tourist attraction for Hasidic Jews seeking out the Baal Shem Tov’s grave.  Legend has it that the cemetery remained protected during World War II by the local Ukrainian population, who remembered the Baal Shem Tov’s healing powers during his lifetime and feared his powerful magic even from beyond the grave.    Certainly, anyone interested in medieval castles, history and culture should include a trip to Medzhybizh Castle during their visit to Ukraine.            

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[2 Sep 2009]

As it is known, Odessa is the biggest sea port in Ukraine so Odessa Marine station and its close-fitting places are among other sightseeing spots of this city and they are worthy to visit.   The Odessa Marine station was built at the New Mol in 1968 by the architect V. Golovin and V. Kremlyakova. Today, after considerable changes, Odessa marine port is surprising picture of modern mega polis, interlacing of glass and metal. From the left and right side international cruise liners of height comparable with the height port building can moor.   In 2001, modern multistory hotel Odessa has been built. At once after the hotel, on territory of the Odessa Marine station Museum of anchors is opened. Exhibits, collected in the different regions of the Black sea, are presented in it.   The museum of anchors under the opened sky will broaden as time passes, foremost, due to anchors, that will be taken off from the bottom of the sea where they lay nowadays.   Then, at the end of the pier the Church of St Nicholas was built. Just amazing how during 60 years Odessa, sea city, could do without a cathedral,  at least the chapel of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker. Just since the oldest times sailors got the benediction of this holy before their voyage and brought gifts to his icon when returning from their trips. In May 1993 first stone was laid as a symbol of construction beginning. Cross-board informing about  the future location of the cathedral here was placed. On September 2, 1994 crosses and ship`s bells (they are usually put to Marine cathedrals) appeared here. On October 20, this cathedral was given icon and part of St. Nicholas` relics brought from Italian city Bari. Only few cathedrals of Ukraine have such kind of sacred thing.    Today, the temple once again called St Nicholas, or Seaside. While not even remotely resembling the one that existed before, it surprises conservative visitors with its architecture and interior decoration because it looks even more like a modern office than the church, which people have accustomed to see. Classic architecture would not simply blend with the general modernized look of Marine station. So it is the first orthodox church of the modern architecture and design in Ukraine.   Across the street "Nautical Club TTFs - port Odessa" is situated. Here you can not only admire chic yachts and regattas but also sweep on an excursion cutter, enjoying the type of coast from the side of sea and feeling the real sea-breeze. Moreover, you even can order a walk a small company on a separate yacht!   The visit of Odessa Marine station will leave in your heart and mind only the most pleasant and unforgettable impressions.   

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[18 Aug 2009]

It happened so that each big European city has its own holiday, with its own characters and traditions, and everyone tries to have as much fun this day as one can. Brussels, Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Rio de Janeiro see a great number of tourists coming, and they come to take a look at wonderful architecture, ancient ruins and merry carnival.   Mother Odessa! Everybody keeps proudly calling the city this way, and nationally does not matter a bit. Southern Palmyra is equally friendly and hospitable for anyone. And certainly there is everything to offer for tourists, including its own carnival.    Odessa carnival, Humorina, has its patented name and emblem. Odessa is a unique and special city, and its carnival serves as one more proof of this.     The holiday is quite several years old. It can be traced back to old times where it roots in various Fool Days or Fat Tuesdays and other facetious games. Yet this time people reserved some time once a year, on April, 1, to regress to childhood: disguise themselves in different costumes, make faces, and clown around, dance and cheer.   Here they have an eye for entertainment. Still, can you imagine a celebration without present? A huge street show, good mood, fun for everyone, souvenirs, photos, unforgettable impressions – this is what Humorina gives to all tourists who come from all over the world.   You won’t see this day in the list of significant days; still it can be truly called nation-wide since people from all over the world come to Odessa to celebrate here together the day of laughter. Everyone would be happy to make fun of people around them; anyone can be the target of a practical joke.     Possibly nature itself was the reason why such a tradition appeared. Everybody tries to blandish nature to save themselves from whims of weather. People make fun of their friends and acquaintances. So, be ready and have a sufficient supply of sense of humor. Don’t get offended by practical jokes, do the same back. And remember the most important thing: laughter makes your life longer.         

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[13 Aug 2009]

One of the places in Odessa that won’t leave your heart indifferent, place where you can go alone or accompanied by your friends and at any rate you will definitely love it is Odessa dolphinarium.   Dolphinarium is designed and built according to the international standards. Maritime mammals’ housing corresponds to all approved conventions and demands. This year Odessa dolphinarium has celebrated it’s third birthday. But still today, the “pearl near the sea” – one of the best resorts in Ukraine, can boast the biggest according to the displacement (about 3 million liters of clean sea water) and the most modern dolphinarium in Ukraine. During that time dolphinarium “Nemo” occupied one of the leading places in the list of sights of beautiful Odessa.   The birth of a baby dolphin in Odessa for the first time during 10 years among all the Ukrainian dolphinariums proves the fact of the professionalism of specialists and good conditions of animals’ housing.   Activity of Odessa dolphinarium is of scientific, educational and ecological character. During the performances in dolphinarium it is told about the physiology, character of dolphins, peculiarities of their behavior, and about the necessity of care of dolphins and nature.   The range of services provided by dolphinarium will let you fully enjoy visiting this wonderful place where such wonders of nature like dolphins and seals come so close to you that this amazes…So there are year-round performances and shows, private functions for companies or tour groups, private party events, photo sessions with dolphins and seals, swimming and communicating with dolphins, diving with dolphins, underwater photo and video shoots, gift and souvenir shop, dolphin therapy.    Also there is a great exhibition of more than 100 kinds of fishes and other sorts of creatures living in the sea and fresh water called Oceanarium. Here you can also have excursions and can get all the related information about displayed breathers.    After being flooded with positive emotions got of the shows you can have a  good dinner with candlelight under the starry sky right in this place, you can taste many kinds of food like salads, barbeque, deserts and many kinds of cocktails while the prices for all that are quite affordable. Also there is a hotel in case you decide to stay near the dolphins. The hotel is a mere 5 minute drive from the historical center of Odessa and is just meters from the seashore – the closest hotel to the sea in all of Odessa!    The dolphinarium waits you to join its miraculous world  all week from 9 a.m. till 11 p.m.  Come here and make sure there are really cute creatures on the Earth that make our life actually lighter and fuller.      

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[11 Aug 2009]

Sofiyivsky Park   Uman is a small but very beautiful and picturesque city. It is well known in Ukraine as one of the 7 Ukrainian wonders is situated there.  It is called “Sofiyivsky Park” and it was built by the Polish Count Stanislaw Potocki for his Greek wife Sofia.   The history of building the park is full of romance as it was built in the name of a beloved woman, as a gift from her loving man!     Potocki was a rich man and he could have anything he wanted in the world, but he couldn’t find himself a good match! His attempts to find the lady of his dreams were always ruined. But one day Potocki held a poker game and one of the men put his daughter Sofia up as a main prize. After the Count had seen Sofia he fell in love and understood that he had to win the game and win the gorgeous Greek woman as his wife.       And his wish came true. But no matter how hard he tried to show her the emotions overfilling his heart, the woman couldn’t fall in love with him. So he decided to build a piece of her home country in Ukraine, so she could enjoy the beauties of the landscape and feel as if she were in her motherland!  He asked one of the most well-known Greek architects to make a beautiful park.       In 1800 the park was built. It turned out that Potocki idea was correct and helped their feelings! Sofia was so astonished with the beauty of the park that she couldn’t resist Stanislaw’s attempts to earn her love and they started enjoying each other’s company day after day on the isle of love…       The beauty of landscapes and lakes with fountain and sculptures amaze millions of people even now. Couples come to the park to enjoy each other’s company in the place where even the air is inflated with love and romance!                 Just married couples visit the park to make a wish in the lake with golden fishes that they have a long and happy life together.                

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[11 Aug 2009]

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