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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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[14 Aug 2009]

I would like to tell you about a wonderful place near Pervomaysk, Ukraine. It is located about 175 km. north of the city of Nikolaev. You must include a trip to this nature preserve on your “to-do list” when you visit!   The name of the resort is Dubrovka, and it is located in a very peaceful and tranquil location in the middle of the forest. You may spend your days outdoors enjoying the abundant private grounds, fresh country air, wildlife, and partaking in many sporting activities.      You cannot visit without taking a magical walk to the lookout cliffs. Here you can enjoy one of the most amazing panoramic views in all of central Ukraine. High above the Yuzhniy Bug River you will be able to watch the chaos of the wild rapids as the rafters take their turns braving this wild ride. Sunbathers can also take advantage of the protected Jacuzzi-like waters of the river. Be sure to take advantage of the rejuvenating powers of the river.      Romantic evenings can be spent dining on excellent Ukrainian dishes, including the most amazing, freshly hunted, Quail shish kabobs. A traditional Ukrainian wine will make the perfect accompaniment. This can all be delivered to your private patio table, so you may be able to enjoy this feast with someone special.   For just 400 hryvnias (near US $50) per day, you will be able to enjoy your room with all of today’s modern equipment in this wonderful resort. We hope to hear that you and your Special Someone were able to spend a romantic weekend enjoying the Dubrovka Resort, and added a little spice to your adventure.      

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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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[12 Aug 2009]

If while visiting Odessa you wish to try a real beer, unique by its way of making and made only in the Odessa region, you should definitely come to the restaurant Lustdorf. This restaurant called the best one of the year by one of the local magazines. Lustdorf combines new conception of modern recreation’s style and classical quality of brewage and cuisine. This place is perfect not only for having good drinks and food but also for successful business meeting, having fun with friends or even a romantic date.       While designing the restaurant stuff gave all their soul, warmth and emotions to its interior. Combination of glass, wood, metal and stone makes the visit unforgettable and you will want to come here over and over again.       The brewery itself is the heart of this restaurant and allows more than 600 people to be witnesses of the process. The brewer, a real specialist in their field, works within the view of guests while in the process of brewing, making you feel like a participant of creating this wonderful and useful drink. Beer “Lustdorf” is brewed without adding any preservatives, chemicals and additives. It differs not only in how it is made, but also by its taste. Brewed on the basis of French yeast, German malt and hops it has a unique flavor. The restaurant's brewery offers to its guests three unique varieties of beer:     1) White wheat beer has rich color altogether with rich taste.  2) Dark beer is different because of its deep dark color and sweetish taste.  3) Light barley beer has delicate aroma, unique color and unforgettable taste.     But Lustdorf restaurant is not only for drinking delicious beer, having tasty food and listening to quality music. Here you can also be a participant of different entertaining games and receive the most incredible prizes like safe with personal mug, collection set of coffee, tourist vouchers etc.       So come visit and discover the truth of our praise for yourself!          

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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]

Are you still trying to decide where to go with a lady to talk over a cup of coffee or some other refreshing drink?   How about a designer cafe in the midst of Nikopol's historic old town center, that would like to spoil you with excellent coffee and different kinds of dainty drinks from around the world? And there you can find everything to satisfy any of your fastidious wishes. Romantic cafe hall, summer terrace, fairy balcony or even active disco - at any place you can have your favorite drinks depending of the mood and time of the day. The best way to have a romantic date is by enjoying empathetic music played to support the extraordinary atmosphere at Cafe Montecristo.   Additional photos of Cafe Montecristo:          

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[10 Aug 2009]

Odessa Opera Theatre   Once visited, Odessa Opera Theatre will forever remain in your heart. Every year, every month thousands of foreign tourists come here to make sure that it is really worthy place to see when coming to this famous city. Odessa successfully combines wit, unique sense of humor and spirit of adventurism with refinement, kind of aristocratism and rich cultural heritage. So Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is one of the places where you can get this sense of subtlety, taste and difference, where you can touch this other side of local culture.   Odessa Opera Theatre is mostly famous because of its architecture while it’s designing and technical data are second to none theatre in Europe in this respect. At one time its building was considered one of the best in the world and still remains the most important place of interest in the city.     The Opera House has the right to be called the senior of all Odessa theaters. Odessa was granted the right to build a theater in 1804, and in 1809 its construction was completed. On February, 10 1810 the first performance took place - Russian troupe by Fortunatov staged a one-act opera by Fralih "A New Family" and a vaudeville "A Consolating Widow". But, unfortunately, in 1873 the old building burnt down, and completely it did. Any restoration was out of the question. It was a tragedy, which was relented by one circumstance only - nobody suffered in it.     Eleven years passed since laying of the first brick into the foundation of the new theatre building. Theatre opening took place on the 1st of October 1887. The building of Odessa Opera and Ballet House was fulfilled in the style of Vienna Baroque, Italian Renaissance, Classical Rococo – such is the combination which made this heaven of muses.     The theatre is luxuriously decorated by various stucco mouldings with fine gilt. The ceiling is of a special interest. Four pictures by Lefler in the form of a locket (medallion) are in its basis. Scenes from such works by Shakespeare as "Hamlet", "A Dream in the Summer Night", "The Winter Fairytale" and "As You Like It" are depicted on them. A big chandelier in the centre of the ceiling is strikingly beautiful, with its laced details. There are many different stucco mouldings in the hall and in all the circles. Modeling of circles, side lobbies and staircases, leading to boxes is especially sophisticated. All kinds of lampions, candelabrums and bronze ornamented inlays are original and inventive.  And of course, it is impossible not to notice gold leaf abundantly used in the decoration.      In 2007, after a long period of reconstruction, the theatre was opened again. The solemnity took place on September, 22. Its  reconstruction was long and difficult, 11 years the most skilled and experienced specialists in the sphere of architecture and construction, restoration and applied art from all over Ukraine were  reconstructing the national endow destroyed by time. According to data of Cabinet Council cost of reconstruction is 25 256 410 doll. Now it has 1636 seats, total area is 8123,6 square meters.      The Theatre is interesting not only because of its architecture, but also because of its rich creative history.  It plays a big role in development of musical culture in Ukraine. Outstanding composers and singers performed at its stage. Among them are Shalapin, Caruso, Sobinov etc.      In additional to regular operas and ballets different symphony concerts, including organ ones, are held here as soon as this theatre has the best sound data in the city and built-in organ.     So being able to visit Odessa do not neglect an opportunity to see this really outstanding place as by this architecture and decoration so by quality of performances given on its stage. It will charm you once and forever…        

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[7 Aug 2009]

Tangerine Restaurant   After a long trip it is always pleasant to relax in some quiet place with exquisite food and soothing music. In Melitopol one can find a variety of such places, but we will focus our attention on the restaurant that will exceed all your expectations.   The first thing that catches your eye is the color of interior and exterior, orange, as the name of the establishment is Tangerine. In summer you feel freshness of tropic and in winter you breathe in the warmth of the sun.   Despite the modern style of the hall you step into home coziness, underlined with pastel color range. If you come with your beloved a lane table in the corner of the room will fill the atmosphere with silent romance. For those who enjoy dining in fresh air there is a comfortable arbor.   A lot can be said but as the saying reads it is better to try once than to hear one hundred times.  

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[6 Aug 2009]

The Odessa Catacombs are a 2500 plus kilometer (1553 miles!) stretch of tunnels that lay under the city of Odessa and the surrounding areas such as Usatovo in Ukraine. Largely formed from the limestone mines that Ukraine’s 5th largest city was built on, the Odessa Catacombs have become a strange and interesting attraction for tourists and adventurers visiting the city. [More]

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[5 Aug 2009]

Ibiza Night Club   One of the places where many local and foreign people love to have fun with their friends or dates is Ibiza night club located among many other night clubs in Arcadia, center of summer night life in Odessa.   Ibiza is undoubtedly a great place for people who like clubbing and relaxing in interesting places during the summer seasons. This club is extremely luxurious and stylish with its outstanding interior and astonishing light effects that leave a lifetime impact on your mind. It is designed as a gigantic ant hill with white walls, blue slabs, pink doors, high lit tables, neon bars, friendly staff, cute guards, a small aquarium pool, hanging bridges, etc. The club resembles a maze full of flat-screen TV sets, lighting and sound plants. People are having fun everywhere- both upstairs and downstairs and you can see the endless sea in the round wall openings of the club. Also since this year they have additional area, located directly on the sand and under the palm-trees, where you also can party and have fun in the atmosphere of freedom and joy.    During summer months this club is fully packed with visitors from all over the world. They choose this place because of the best service, music, cuisine and the most beautiful women in the world!)    Since opening its doors Ibiza night club has hosted of the most famous and talented DJs and performance artists, establishing itself as one of the premier dance clubs. This miracle is located right on the Black Sea coast in the open air ,work  7 days a week featuring a variety of entertainment from huge dance hall, delightful music system , lighting and of course the DJs that play a selection of music that keeps dancers for hours on the dance floor to colorful theme parties.     The show-program, where you can see one of the best dance ballets in Ukraine, starts at 23.00, then disco till morning. If your date wants to go dancing and you want to impress her, this is the right place!        

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[5 Aug 2009]

Kumanetc Located in the centre of Odessa, Kumanetc is the perfect place for private or group dining as well as romantic evenings. With the help of the chief you can create your own new and original menu in which only specialities of the restaurant will stay invariable.  The main dishes which they offer here are salo in chocolate, salad and cake “Kumanetc”; you will be amazingly surprised after testing them!      For new and experienced diners the restaurant offers a unique dining experience in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. You might say this is a home restaurant to a lot of people as the charisma of the Ukrainian village is present in its interior where masterpieces of the past centuries are displayed. These masterpieces include artifacts, and handy works from local artists.  The restaurant is proud of its original Ukrainian cuisine with recipes from old past centuries pass down in the hands of local chefs. The names written on the menu for these recipes also reflects the old Ukrainian cooking and one can savor the taste of original food served many centuries ago. This place serves all the popular dishes of Ukrainian cuisine and suggests new tastes and flavours for all. Kumanetc`s menu is extensive and mouth-watering while the prices are affordable.     On Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. till 11 p.m. this traditional Ukrainian restaurant also features live music. And in the summer you can sit on the comfortable pleasure-ground in the open air.     Take the first step to Ukrainian woman’s soul, come to Kumanetc and taste Ukrainian specialties!