So We Sailed Into The Sun
Trip Start Aug 19, 2011
13Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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Because it was Sunday morning and just before 9:00, there were few to no services open at the small, sparse terminal, so I decided to take a taxi into the center and drop my suitcase off at my hotel before looking for something to eat, as I had chosen, for comfort reasons, not to eat before the train trip and I was now, HUNGRY.
Unlike my experience in Kiev, the taxi driver was very mellow and did his best to speak in English and as my hotel is new, he had to ask several other drivers for directions, before taking me into town
There are money exchange windows everywhere in this “tourist friendly” village, so I took myself directly to the first one I saw and changed only as much money as I could spend, since my mother warned me, that I may be stuck with unchangeable money at the end of my trip, however, I did see a guy changing his money back into Euros as I left the window
My next stop was to get some much-needed food. I had passed a small restaurant advertising organic food on my hunt for my hotel and by now, I felt my body could use a break from the garbage I had been filling it with, so I bought and organic hamburger and had a cup of iced tea as I looked through my map and guide, studying the layout of this, green, park-filled, beachside city.
After a relaxing and healthy breakfast, I took myself for a small walk up the main street and down the first crossroad, enjoying the atmosphere while the booths of artists and shops were now beginning to come alive. I stumbled upon a wonderful pavilion full of books and then some “handmade craft” stands, again, feeling very good about my final stop on this month-long odyssey.
By now it was getting close to noon and I was anxious to view the “Black Sea” and as I was following my map, came across some very ornate buildings and lovely parks and fountains, while making my way down a twisted street to the harbor below. Upon my first sighting of the deep blue waters of the Black Sea, a single tear ran down my cheek when I realized that I had traversed the continent of Europe from north to south on a most beautiful journey of not only sight and sound, but of mind and spirit as well.
When I reached the harbor, I found it full of lively people, boats, gently bobbing up and down and several “tour boats” leading to the lovely beaches on the other side of the curve that makes up he coast of Odessa
Upon my return to my hotel, I made my way up the huge, historic "Potemkin Stairway" to the main village area above, then, back around to check into my hotel where I collapsed from exhaustion, relaxed and happy, for the afternoon, venturing out for a dinner and walk later in the evening and then an early bedtime.