May Day in the Ukraine is a holiday and what a day! The ship was harboured beside the monument of Admiral Nakhimov (a Russian naval hero of the Crimean War) where the parade stopped this morning. It was excellent to be apart of the affair.
Something has to be said at the way the ladies dress – stunning. Most have very high heels; either stilettos or boots. Very tight full or half length jeans, otherwise mini skirts; and always stockings. And lots of colour in the shoes and tops. I’m glad I got a few photos to show people. Even the female police are in stilettos (and yes, having a telephoto lens with 1,000s of people about helps get that shot).
After lunch it was off to Balaklava Harbour, the location of the former USSR’s Black Sea Submarine base. This once secret base is carved out of a mountain, set within a closed town, part of a closed city region – thoughts of intrigue and espionage filled my mind.
An incredible underground network of sea canals, dry dock, workshops established in 1957 as a protected area for the Soviet Black Sea fleet of nuclear armed submarines. Some 45,000 cubic metres of solid rock were cut out of the hill that could once house 1,000 people and six submarines.
A quick stop at the Valley of Death where the “Charge of the Light Brigade” occurred, followed by a stop at the British monument located at the British camp site.
As the bus drove back to the ship I was able to get a few quick photos of a current Russian submarine in the harbour at Sevastopol. The Russians still use this Ukrainian harbour for their Black Sea fleet (until 2017, I think). Plenty of naval ships in the harbour.
Then a few more hours wandering by the harbour watching the locals. After a day of drinking they were now smiling (very few smiles this morning). The crowd wander around drinking their beers in the park – mainly the younger people. A group of around 30 mature men playing chess as their wives (I’m assuming) sing and dance to a piano accordion.
I’ve had a fun day too…