From Baltic to the Black Sea Travel Articles

 
From Baltic to the Black Sea #8
Glorious Odessa7 September 1999 Dear Friends, After 4 days of wonderful Crimea, I have just arrived in Odessa on an overnight train. I have shared my 4-person cabin with an amorous young Moldovan-Ukrainian couple who spent half the time in each other’s arms, and who would no doubt have gone further with their affections if […]
From Baltic to the Black Sea #7
Simferopol, Ukraine5 September 1999 Dear All, I had a very enjoyable but tiring three days in Crimea, not just from the sightseeing, but also from the drinking and toasting Russian (Russian because most people in Crimea are ethnic Russians) style (to Health, to Women, to Crimea, to Singapore, etc). In fact, I am a litttttle […]
From Baltic to the Black Sea #5
Belavia Belarusian Airlines, the world’s favourite airline 3 September 1999 Dear All, I got up at glorious 4:30am to get ready for an exciting flight on Belavia to Crimea. This was one of the most exciting and fascinating flights I have ever taken, and tells everybody about everything that has gone right (1%) and wrong […]
From Baltic to the Black Sea #15
Last 4 hours in the Ukraine14 September 1999 Dear All, In one hour’s time, I will set off for Kyiv’s airport to return to London. I have a great time here. Yesterday, I had a hair cut – not the Ukrainian Cossack hair style – those of you familiar with Ukraine knows what it looks […]
From Baltic to the Black Sea #12
Twenty Dollars Less On the Moldovan-Ukrainian Border11 September 1999 Dear All, After a relaxing day in Moldova, land of good food and wines, I took an overnight train to Kiev, capital of Ukraine. I was fortunate to share the compartment with two English-speaking scientists returning home from a conference in Chisinau – one was a […]
From Baltic to the Black Sea #11
Chisinau, Moldova10 September 1999 Dear all, Yesterday, I visited Transdnestria but missed the bus to Comrat, capital of Gagauzia. Felt quite sad at missing the opportunity to stay at a Gagauz (a Christian Orthodox Turkish tribe) home. I rang my Gagauz friend to apologise. No bus to remote Comrat until the following morning, but I […]
From Baltic to the Black Sea Pre Trip #1
Getting ready to go on a grand adventure.
From Baltic to the Black Sea Pre Trip #2
Getting ready to go on a grand adventure.
From Baltic to the Black Sea #16
London, England14 September 1999 Dear All, I have reached London at last. I’d thought my adventure ended with the last email, but little did I knew that a mini-drama was to occur on the return flight from Kyiv to Frankfurt (where I transferred to a London flight). The Lufthansa 2½ hour flight was full, with […]
From Baltic to the Black Sea #14
Kyiv Again13 September 1999 Dear All, Leafy, beautiful Kyiv in autumn time – this is a pleasant city with lots to see and do. Many parks, museums and endless Orthodox churches – you should know by now that I love the Orthodox icon and am the prime suspect for any major icon smuggling activity. I […]