Journey to Grenlandia

Yalta promenade

Day 15 (08.09.2004)

Passed: 37 km
Just in transit: 5h
Pedal: 2H
CP.speed: 18 km/h
Air temperature: 27C


The next morning our permanent specialist encounters of the third kind Rinat ran to Express my admiration for night musicians. But his attempts to attract at least some attention was no more effective than before.

Some recovery occurred only when we decided to give them a raw fat rash I bought shortly before.

Well at least it will fit anyone.

Drove past the alley naked men, through the whole Simeiz and soon found himself in Alupka.
We could not drive past the Vorontsov Palace. I myself was there many times, but wanted to show his kids.

The Palace was built in 1828-1848 years as a Crimean residence of the Governor-General of the Novorossiysk territory count Vorontsov. Novorossiysk territory included then the vast space of the Northern black sea coast between the river Prut in the West and Don in the East. It was part of the Crimea.
The administrative center of the region from 1805 was Odessa.
However, Vorontsov, which gave Crimea crucial, decided it was here to build Executive Palace.

Mikhail Semenovich Vorontsov (1782-1856), was a descendant of an old Russian noble family, which gave a number of major statesmen and diplomats.
Son of a Russian Ambassador in England, brought up in this country, he was at the same birth recorded in the regiment, and four years for "manufactured" in the warrant; however, 19 years old, he is fighting really against the Turks, Swedes, French, severely wounded at Borodino, was the winner of Napoleon in the battle of Krasnoi.
In 1815-1818. he commanded the Russian occupation corps in France.

A significant mark on himself, he left in NovarRussia, which ruled from 1823 till 1844.
When it grew to unprecedented Odessa, Kherson, Nikolaev, Sevastopol, was held on the road, including the magnificent South coast highway in the Crimea(now abandoned due to the construction of new roads) was spread viticulture, fine-fleeced sheep was established shipping company on the Black sea.
For participation in the campaigns of the Caucasus, count Vorontsov was built in 1845 in the princely dignity.
He was famed for his genius, education, liberalism.
Leo Tolstoy wrote about it in "Hadji Murat": "he possessed great wealth — his and his wife, Countess Branitskaya, and we get huge content as Governor and spent most of their funds for the construction of the Palace and gardens on the southern coast of the Crimea."

The author of the project of the Palace was Edward Blore (1789-1879), was court architect of Queen Victoria.
With his participation was built the famous Buckingham Palace in London and Walter Scott in Scotland. It has always been that Blore was not in Alupka.
The perfect blend Alupka Palace in the landscape called luck, "inspiration architect".
However, we can assume that Blore still came to the Crimea to see the spot of the future building.
Managed the construction of the English architect William Gunt , which made some changes to the project.

Sea-facing southern facade of the Palace, built in the Moorish style, reminds me of the famous Alhambra Palace of the Arab rulers of Spain in Granada, built in the late 14th century.
The frieze deep niches of the facade is repeated six times stylized Arabic inscription, the motto of Grenada caliphs: "there is No Victor but Allah!".

In front of the facade structure of the "Lion terrace", which marches down the monumental staircase with three pairs of lions in white Carrara marble by Italian sculptor and his students.
Waking the lions over the top repeat steps lions Antonio Canova tomb of Pope Clement XII in Rome.

To photograph at this time, the Palace from the main staircase with lions failed.
Now there closed for free access. And to get to the stairs only paying money and going through the inside of the Palace.
I was there many times , and the guys as always did not want to spend money on the contemplation of the beauty of the interiors.

At Alupkinskoe shosse went to Yalta.
Passing by the gazebo built on one of the highest points of the coast in this area were photographed. Moreover, this process was delayed for half an hour while Rinat officiated with his equipment.
In addition, two girls were standing nearby and one of them expressed a desire to imprint themselves on the background of us.
By cable car passed without stopping. Although I wanted to know now how much is the fare on ay-Petri plateau.

You can get there via the motorway serpentine climbs up from Yalta to the height of 1200 meters or the cable car.
Upstairs is an observation deck and the cave three-eyes.
Cable car consists of three boarding stations in cars, the "Upper" (on the AI-Petri), "Medium", interchange (on the slope just above the road to Sevastopol), and "Lower" (in the sea).
Its length is 3 kilometers. The intermediate station is 1320 m from the landing site at around 400 m above sea level.

When lifting particularly impressive move from the intermediate station to the top with a length of 1800 m, when the vehicle runs at a height of 120 m from the surface of the earth.
Height difference of about a kilometer and angle of elevation 45 degrees – this route is no cable car in Europe.

From the cable car to sanatorium "Dnepr" (where the steep Bank of Cape AI-Todor transform into flat strip of beaches).
Here actually starts semikilometrovaya coast Sochi.
Around Miskhorskaya coast emerald carpet parks.
In verdure rise whitee case of many resorts there are over 20.
Above the Park lies the pine forest. To Misharu adjacent resort towns Gaspra and Koreiz, to form a single resort area.

After the sanatorium "Marat", we stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant.
With a big appetite ate hot soup, salads and tea. It was one of four dinners in a civilized place for the entire trip.

After a light but hearty lunch getting easier.
Soon in the distance he saw the Cape AI-Tudor and castle swallow's nest on it.

The rock on which it is located bears the name of Aurora.

The first owner of the then wooden buildings on it was unknown rxsi General party of Russian-Turkish war.
It was a cottage specially built for him. He gave it the name "Castle of love".

The second owner was a court physician A. K. Tobin.
The doctor gave possession by inheritance to his wife, and she sold it to a Moscow merchant Rakhmanova.
Moscow kupchikha rebuilt its merchant taste, called swallow's nest, and in 1911 was sold to the German oil magnate Baron Steingel.

Developing the Baku oil fields and obviously missing his native Germany, the Baron wished to leave Crimea, the memory of knightly castles of the middle ages.
In 1912 the new owner ordered to break the wooden cottage and build in its place a stone castle in the Gothic style, which had been ordered by Russian architect A. Sherwood.
The castle was built in 1912, and in 1914 sold to the Moscow merchant Shelaputin who opened a restaurant here.

In Soviet times the building worked briefly as a tourist base, then the library of the sanatorium "Zhemchuzhina".
In 1927 during earthquake part of the Aurora cliff collapsed, observation platform in front of the building hung over the precipice.
Within the castle walls cracks; sharp Spitz, crowning him, fell into the sea. The condition of the building was in disrepair and access to nit is closed.

In 1968 work began on the strengthening and partial reconstruction of the Swallow's nest.
After the reconstruction of the swallow's nest appeared in much better form.
The tower has become higher, more colorful, has acquired four Spitz and, breaking the monotonous rhythm of increasing volumes, became dominant.
According to the reconstruction project (author – Yalta engineer V. N. Timofeev), part of the building is planted on a cantilever reinforced concrete slab, instituted by the Central volume and left hanging, despite collapsed into the sea a part of the rock

Now developed a draft passenger cable car from the resort to the swallow's nest.
Compared to the transport path directly through the air, bypassing the serpentine rock, will take much less time and cost only two hryvnia to both ends.

Down the serpentine road to the castle we did not, and only took photos from the observation deck.
Then we waited a long time and tedious ascent on the serpentine to the main road to Yalta. To admit I'm pretty tired for some reason.

To Livadia Palace pulled up at around three.
He twisted around, check it out.
Rinat stalls selling trinkets found wooden sculptures, which strongly stoked his interest, because he himself made them to order, yet he never came up with the idea to become a world famous photographer.
But the craving for tree, apparently still remained.

On the way to Yalta, we stopped at the signature liquor store , where I bought two bottles of wine factories Massandra and Magarach.

World famous vinkombinat "Massandra"with its two factories and hollowed in the rocks of the basement in which there is a sacrament of maturing of incomparable muscats, Tokay, port, is located above the Massandra Park.
Widely known Massandra wines have received since the NINETEENTH century.
From the beginning the production was put on a scientific basis. With first-class productsLassen vines, natural conditions of the South coast with its long, dry, hot summer, the use of the characteristics of each individual parcel of land, the hard work of growers, refined skill of winemakers - here is the recipe for success Massandra products far beyond Ukraine.

At international tastings and competitions, she is invariably marked by high awards, and the famous white Muscat of red stone twice received the "Grand Prix".
Perhaps this is the most delicious fortified wine of the South coast.
If you don't count for much cheaper, but no less enjoyable red Crimean port.

Land Massandra adjacent to the tract, which gave its name to the research Institute of vine and wine "Magarach". The best developments of the "Magarach" are introduced into the production Association "Massandra".
Wine "Massandra" and "Magarach" not one of those that drink glasses.
Their relish.
This is a truly elegant drink, it is comparable to works of art.
In "Massandra" and in "Magarach" created a kind of treasure - Enoteca.
They have a bottle that has passed for 150-200 years.

And then we moved to the embankment of Yalta.
The city has changed in that part for the 12 years that I've been here.
Now he's more like some sort of coastal Spanish city.
The bustling promenade which plays with lights, bustling with crowds of nation and sounding on all sides music.

We slowly drove along to the end and realized that I wanted to eat the night Yalta.
Wild rest is good, but had a sudden urge to plunge into civilization. For a little while. For just one night.

The search for acceptable housing was short-lived.
Just drove to the bus station and there we streaks of gray shot the man. Agreed on 5 bucks a pop.
Holupa it was quite near the sea, near the Armenian Church.
The room had a TV and three beds.
In addition, the room was passable and past us all the time snooping around it one hundredrenika grumpy mom.
But since we only stayed for one day - we are not confused.

Bagging our bikes in the yard. Located.
And in the evening went to the boardwalk. And on foot unlike Yalta.

Until late at night we wandered along the promenade, sitting in cafes.
Rode a little cable car. And decided in the morning the next day to drive by bus to Miskhor in order to still go on AI-Petri.

The crowd met the girls took their pictures with us in Miskhor.
But as that they came in contact.

Went for a long walk along the local Arbat street with a string of paintings and photographs.
Rinat naturally looked there again something. But buy did not dare. Because then it would hurt his principle - not a penny extra villains!

After inhaling a stray air the most colorful and attractive cities of the Crimea, we went to bed.
A long time could not sleep.
The old lady cruised into the yard from her room and back with a frequency of the Moscow metro.
But fatigue took its toll.