On my recent trip to Russia, I was really keen to fly the Rossiya B747-400 on a domestic flight inside Russia from Moscow. The airline informed me they fly B747-400 to Simferopol during my visit, so I went ahead and booked myself a ticket. Little did I know about Simferopol is Crimea and its political situation. I am more interested in flying the Jumbo Jet than care about the politics.
I have 2 very sunny and clear days in Crimea. It is one of the best trip I've made. The people are friendly and smiling, the scenery are out of this world. I did not feel dangerous at all. Gone are the Western Cruise tourist, they are now replaced with Russian domestic tourists. You do not need any special permission to go to Crimea. (except American I was told)
Below are some of my snaps during my tour around Yalta, Crimea.
After landing in Simferopol, we traveled by car to the sea side town of Yalta, next to the Black Sea. The travel time is about 1.5 hours cover about 130km.
The next morning was purely magic, the water is so flat and calm with sun sparkling on it!
We took a taxi to the toy story Castle hung next to a cliff near Yalta.
The setting couldn't be more breath taking. It is hung right on the cliff!
Well, that's my short stay in the region of Crimea. Wish I have more time to explore further but I was so impressed by the scenery and the friendly nature of people there. I can't complaint about the weather because it was just PERFECT!
I definitely have no time to debate about the politic side of things but I am glad my travel takes me there. I was one of few foreign tourist there. The scenery is very unspoiled. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth.
I did notice my foreign credit card didn't work in Crimea. I suspect this is because the region is not internationally recognized as part of Russia. So if you're going, bring Russian Rouble with you. Share with me your Crimea experience, I'd love to hear it!
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