Tag Archives: Crimea

A-Z April Challenge – X Marks The Spot, Balaclava

The eX-nuclear submarine base in Balaclava in the Crimea was such a secret that the town of Balaclava did not appear on maps and even the families of engineers, scientists & technicians who worked there had no idea that the base existed! The facility is built into the cliff face and was hidden from the […]

Sub Standard 

Having suffered an excruciating arrival into Sevastopol by overnight bus from Odessa followed by a stressful two hours trying to secure train tickets to Lviv a few days hence and finally taking 90 minutes to find a hotel with vacancies, we would finally have a fabulous treat in store. After recovering with a late breakfast […]

A-Z April Challenge – Odessa

Hamish & I arrived in the Crimean city of Odessa in 2011 by train from Moldova. The intention was to take an overnight train onto Sevastopol, but we had stumbled across some sort of public holiday and all trains were full for the next three days. With heavy heart, we purchased tickets for the overnight […]

NUCLEAR SUBMARINE – MY FOURTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have never been on a nuclear sub (the foxtrot was non-nuclear), but during one travel experience I certainly imagined that I had. The occasion was a visit to Balaclava submarine base in the Crimea, then very much part of Ukraine. We toured the once secret venue that used to house the Soviet nuclear submarine […]

My Forthcoming Book Extract Three – On A Tram In Odesssa

To set the scene, Hamish & I were headed to the bus station with dread in our hearts as we were booked on an overnight bus to Sevastopol due to all the trains being fully booked……… The tram ride to the bus station was hell. The tram was as packed as before, but this time […]

My Forthcoming Book, Extract One – On A Train To Lviv (Lvov) from Sevastopol

To set the scene, Hamish and I had taken the twenty-five hour train journey from the Crimea to Lviv near the Polish border. This episode takes place after breakfast, seventeen hours into the journey……….. Bedlam An announcement instructed passengers to bring their bedding to the end of the carriage. We didn’t understand a word of […]