The Sea Pearl

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Odessa, The Black Sea Pearl

Overall, I have visited Odessa more than ten times and stayed at "Passage" hotel and at "Magnolia" spa hotel.  Although all my trips to Odessa (except one family holiday trip) were business trips (teachers' professional development seminars, students' English contests, a German language training course), I managed to see and to experience a lot in the city. 
I heard the literature about Odessa included more than 200,000 titles - a sea of information, isn't it? So why write more? Nevertheless, having visited that hospitable city more than once, I just could not help adding my own humble page to that sea of information on Odessa. 
Odessa is often called the Sea Pearl.

The iconic picture of Potiomkin Staircase
Odessa resort district has long been known for its favorable climate and beautiful countryside.  The combination of the sea climate and the steppe climate, the warm sea, the splendid beaches, a great number of sunny days, unique coastal salt lakes, abundance of fruit, vegetables and grapes - all this made Odessa a smithy of health, All-Union health resort in Soviet times.  Arcadia, Dolphin, Otrada ("Delight" in English), Chaika ("Seagull"), Zolotoy Bereg ("Golden Beach") - these famous beaches of Odessa made this resort very attractive on hot summer days. The total area of beaches in Odessa is over 200 hectares. The beaches can seat simultaneously up to 400,000 vacationers.      In 1834, when the resort of Odessa was only beginning to develop, I.
The Duke monument, Odessa
Vitsman, a resort doctor, said, "Located on the hills, washed by the Black Sea from the south and the west, surrounded by steppes from the north and the east, where nothing prevents the free movement of air, Odessa disposes of one of the healthiest climates. Its air is dry, mild, clean, especially in summer. It is considerably richer in oxygen than ordinary air".

 Washed by the waters of the Black Sea from three sides and located in the sunny south of Ukraine, Odessa is its largest sea port.  The city stretches for more than 50 kilometers along the Black Sea coast. Administratively, the city is divided into eight districts.  The city area is 240 sq.km and the population is over 1,200,000 inhabitants.  There are about 1,400 streets, alleys, lanes and boulevards with the total length of about 900 km in Odessa.

Potiomkin Staircase, Odessa

As a member of the World Federation of Twin Cities, Odessa has ten twin-cities, among them nine cities are seaports: Varna (Bulgaria), Genoa (Italy), Marseilles (France), Liverpool (Great Britain), Yokagama (Japan), Alexandria (Egypt).  Contacts between the twinned cities, even when they are of a purely practical nature, help people better understand each other, awaken mutual interest and promote closer ties.   St.Nickolas, the patron saint of all sailors, is the patron saint of the city too. There is St.Nickolas Cathedral on the territory of the port.   Odessa is long famed as a resort area with a noted city park system. There are a lot of spas and more than 20 hotels in Odessa.

Pushkin Street, Odessa
   Odessa with its splendid Black Sea harbor is also known as Ukraine's southern window on Europe.    Ukrainian sociologists declared that Odessa was one of the best Ukrainian cities to live in, according to all life criteria.    The city is considered to be the capital of humor in Ukraine. They say humor crystallized like salt from the seawater in Odessa.   April Fool's Day is a great city holiday that is observed in Odessa like nowhere else in Ukraine. It is called Day of Laughter here. Every year the city mayor traditionally declares April 1 a day off in the city to enable all the city residents and city visitors to enjoy the festivities to the full... 

During a city tour of Odessa, our guide told us an interesting legend about the origin of the city name.

Pushkin Street, Odessa
Believe it or not, but here it is. There were many discussions about founding a town in the waterless steppe at the seaside. According to the legend, it was Empress Catherine the Second who put an end to all the debates by simply saying, "Assez d'eau" (read: "assedo"), which means "enough water".  However, the empress was wrong. On the contrary, there was not enough water in the area. So one of the first town residents who was dying of thirst one day wanted to contradict the empress. He evidently had a good sense of humor and formed the negative of the empress' famous phrase by pronouncing it the other way round. Thus, the word "Odessa" appeared. Therefore, thanks to a joke, the city got its name.

starship1 says:
The legend about Odessa's name is an interesting one. Nice work, Victor, and congratulations on having today's featured blog! Nice photos too!
Posted on: Dec 22, 2017
Paulovic says:
Congrats on your featured blog!
Posted on: Dec 22, 2017
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Odessa, The Black Sea Pearl
Odessa, The Black Sea Pearl
The iconic picture of Potiomkin St…
The iconic picture of Potiomkin S…
The Duke monument, Odessa
The Duke monument, Odessa
Potiomkin Staircase, Odessa
Potiomkin Staircase, Odessa
Pushkin Street, Odessa
Pushkin Street, Odessa
Pushkin Street, Odessa
Pushkin Street, Odessa
Leonid Utiossov monument, City Park
Leonid Utiossov monument, City Park
To Leonid Utiossov from grateful …
"To Leonid Utiossov from grateful…
Potiomkin Staircase, Odessa
Potiomkin Staircase, Odessa
The city port
The city port
Potiomkin Staircase, Odessa (my p…
Potiomkin Staircase, Odessa (my "…
Odessa Port (my postcard)
Odessa Port (my "postcard")
Pushkin monument, Odessa
Pushkin monument, Odessa
Odessa, Ukraine
Odessa, Ukraine
Odessa, Ukraine (my postcard)
Odessa, Ukraine (my postcard)
De Ribas Street, Odessa
De Ribas Street, Odessa
Odessa, Ukraine (my postcard)
Odessa, Ukraine (my postcard)
Archeological Museum, Odessa
Archeological Museum, Odessa
Archeological Museum, Odessa
Archeological Museum, Odessa
Laosoon monument at the Archeologi…
Laosoon monument at the Archeolog…
City Park, Odessa
City Park, Odessa
De Ribas Street, Odessa
De Ribas Street, Odessa
City Park, Odessa
City Park, Odessa
City Park, Odessa
City Park, Odessa
The Cannon at the City Council, …
"The Cannon" at the City Council,…
Maritime Boulevard (Russian: Primo…
Maritime Boulevard (Russian: Prim…
Archeological Museum, Odessa
Archeological Museum, Odessa
Odessa Railway Station
Odessa Railway Station
Odessa Railway Station
Odessa Railway Station
Palladium Nightclub, Italian Boule…
Palladium Nightclub, Italian Boul…
Magnolia Nightclub, Odessa,Ukraine
Magnolia Nightclub, Odessa,Ukraine
RIO Nightclub, Odessa,Ukraine
RIO Nightclub, Odessa,Ukraine
Palladium Nightclub, Odessa,Ukraine
Palladium Nightclub, Odessa,Ukraine
Irich Pub, Odessa,Ukraine
Irich Pub, Odessa,Ukraine
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Ukrainian restaurant, Odessa,Ukra…
Attending a theater performance, O…
Attending a theater performance, …
My #5 Tram, Odessa,Ukraine
My #5 Tram, Odessa,Ukraine
Greek Street, Odessa,Ukraine
Greek Street, Odessa,Ukraine
Otrada Leisure Center, Odessa
Otrada Leisure Center, Odessa
White Sail Hotel, Odessa
White Sail Hotel, Odessa
A ticket to the concert at the Phi…
A ticket to the concert at the Ph…
My postcard of Odessa
My "postcard" of Odessa
My postcard of Odessa
My "postcard" of Odessa
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