Cruises from Odessa
Odessa is located on the NW shore of the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. Its architecture is a delightful mix of Russian, French, and Italian styles while some buildings are a mixture that includes Art Nouveau and Renaissance. Interestingly, many of the homes were built of limestone mined nearby. The abandoned mines were first used by smugglers and then, during WWII, served as hiding places for partisans.
Subsequently, there is today a gigantic network of catacombs that is of great interest to tourists. Ukrainian is the country's only official language, but the native language of most of the population in Odessa is Russian, while young people tend to know English.