This is a view of M/V Discovery from the top of the steps in Odessa. Discovery is a very British ship registered in Hamilton, Bermuda. The passengers are mainly Brits, Scots, Welsh, Australian, New Zealanders, Canadians, and Americans it is not a 'melting pot' but rather the Brits and their Colonials. the port lectures have been very interesting and there is also a historian giving lectures; one on Islam, another on Obama (why?), and tonight the Crusades. We haven't heard too much complaining from the Brits, it has been the Aussie who have been painful.
Highlights of Odessa
We were very surprised by the beauty of Odessa and the wealth. The wealth visible by the cars on the road such as Lexus, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi and others. Of course there are still some very old rattling Lada's to remind us of Soviet times. Major reconstruction has been undertaken and there are some magnificent buildings in Odessa. There are wide tree-lined boulevards and many parks and gardens.
As in the other cities we have visited on this trip the Russian Orthodox Church has been recently restored and was a stop on our tour.
Sailing to Costanza, Romania tonight .....