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Pictures of our second trip to the Ukraine
- Part 2a: From August 17 to 21, 2013 Ferry from Poti/Georgia - Ilyichevsk - Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky - Moldova Border
- Part 2b: From September 4 to 22, 2013 Moldova Border - Odessa Port - Container/Freighter to Praia/Cape Verde
Georgia Part 3b – August 13 to 15, 2013 - Abkhazia Border - Poti/Georgia - Ferry to Ilyichevsk/Ukraine
Ukraine Part 1 September 25 to 28, 1995 - Slovakia border at Uzhgorod - Lviv - Polish border at Šeginie
Cape Verde October 28, 2013 to ..... 2014 - Islands of Santiago - Fogo - Brava - Santiago
Moldova Part b September 1 to 4, 2013 - Transnistria Border - Chişinǎu - Orheiul Vechi - Ukraine Border
Transnistria August 22 to September 1, 2013 - Tiraspol - Chiţcani - Bendery - Moldova Border
Moldova Part a – August 21 to 22, 2013 - Ukraine Border - Cǎuşeni - Transnistria Border
Ukraine Part 3 Nov. 11 to Dec. 5, 2016 - Russia border at Hlukiv to Odessa Port for shipping to Bintulu/Sarawak/Malaysia
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latest picture: September 20, 2013
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001  The weather is mild, the Black Sea is
calm. Emil talks with two German back-
packers on deck of the "Vilnius Seaways"
Ferry that brings us in 55 hours from Poti
in Georgia to Ilyichevsk in the Ukraine
002  Liliana chooses a seat close to the
window at breakfast on the "Vilnius Seaways"
Ferry. Food is already arranged when the
door to the dining room opens. This time
there are sausages, eggs, porridge and curd
003  Land in sight! The sun is setting over
the port of Ilyichevsk in the Ukraine.
What a welcome to Europe after 14½ years
of absence! It is 8/17/2013 – on 1/28/1999
we left the continent at Gelibolu in Turkey
004  The lights of the port of Ilyichevsk
come closer. Ilyichevsk’s harbor is bigger
than the one of Ukraine’s third biggest
city Odessa, 12 miles to the east
005  Camping life at the clean TIR Park
in Ilyichevsk with toilet and hot showers.
Price Hryvnia (UAH) 30 (= US$3.75).
We stay ten days. TIR parks are usually
used by trucks as night places, here
e.g. during ferry loadings/unloadings
006  What means the number 700'436.4
on our odometer? It is the “replacement”
(made with an emergency camera bought
in Georgia) of the 700'000.0th km
(=434’960 miles) that we were able to
celebrate in Abkhazia on August 9th, 2013,
but which went lost when both of our
Panasonic cameras were stolen
007  Behind this impressive building
hides the Railway Station of Odessa,
a city of over 1 million people. It belongs
to the most beautiful old structures
008  The jewel in Odessa is the Opera,
built in 1887 by the architects who also
designed the famous Vienna State Opera:
Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer
009  This building (#58 Panteleymonov-
skaya Street) was actually before the
revolution 1917 the St. Andrew’s Church
and was a transit point for pilgrimage from
Russia to Novy Afon in Abkhazia. After
that it was turned into a culture palace
and 1996 it was returned to the clergy
010  In the city center of Odessa along
the Pushkinskaya Street in front of the
St. Elias Monastery (Svyato-Ilinskiy
Monastery) a babushka winds another
bouquet from dried flowers
011  At this souvenir stand we
especially admire the dolls made
from ears (is it Mary and Joseph
or some angels?)
012  On August 29th, fruits are also
blessed among others – the Russian Ortho-
dox Church, to which also the St. Elias
Monastery belongs, celebrates from Aug.
14th to 28th, the festivities of “Dormition”
013  The church tower of the
St. Elias Monastery – also called
Svyato-Ilinskiy Monastery – along
the Pushkinskaya-Street in the
center of Odessa
014  The arched door of St. Elias
Monastery bears a fine icon mosaic
of St. Gabriel of Athos (on 3/19/2012
there still might have been
Madonna with Child)
015  The Spaso-Preobrazhensky
Cathedral at Soboma Square is
said to be the largest orthodox
church in Odessa
016  People are queuing up in front
of the St. Elias Monastery in Odessa
for receiving the priest's blessing.
They also carry flowers, fruits or
other things to be consecrated
017  The orthodox priest uses
a white aspergillum for sprinkling
the holy water. It can easily
happen that afterwards people
have to dry their face!
018  Locals and tourists alike are flocking
into the magnificently gilded interior of the
St. Elias Monastery, where 1994 a coffin
with relicts of St. Gabriel of Athos
(Greece) was found
019  The colonnaded Odessa City Hall
was originally the stock exchange and
later the Regional Soviet Headquarters.
It was built 1834
020  A snap shot: Six beauties at
a photo shooting in front of the
City Hall in Odessa
021  "Primorskiy Boulevard", the tree-
lined pedestrian zone in Odessa with its
park benches is a shady place to relax.
It runs above Odessa's cabotage harbor
022  The famous Potemkin Stairs
sweep down to the Black Sea and
Odessa's biggest port. The 466 ft. long
stairs, initially consisting of 200 sand-
stone steps on 10 levels, were reduced
to 192 granite stairs in 1933
023  The stunning facade of the (former)
Hotel Moscow (in construction) charms
not only by its sculptures of humans,
animals and flowers, but especially also
by the gleaming of the blue windows
024  Even in the smallest village there
is a church with a golden dome. Here
at Roksolany along the Dniestr-Liman
025  A world away from the cities:
seagulls, egrets and coots are gathering
at a narrow sandbank along the
Dnistrowskyj-Liman estuary .....
026  ..... during our picnic even a dark
brown-black snake glides past our table
027  "Hopefully I will soon have
a fish at the rod!"
028  And again golden church domes
attract our attention. Here in the city of
Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky the “Holy Ascension”
Cathedral (Svyato-Voznesensky)
029  The wooden cross on the hill
at the “Alexander Barracks” at
Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky has survived
the passage of time
030  The eye-catching feature of the
church of Brytivka along the outward
road of Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky to the west
is the numerous niches with images of
Saints. Religion is pivotal in the Ukraine.
It has provided comfort during many
hard soviet times
031  Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi’s main
attraction is primarily its huge fortress,
the “Akkermann Fortress”, built 1454
with 14 turrets, 4 gates and a citadel
that has walls of 1¼ miles length
032  Right the walls, left the moat. The
history of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi goes back
to 600 BC. It has seen “rough” times –
among others the Phoenicians, Greeks,
Romans, the tribes of the Tivertsians and
Ulychians, Genoese, Moldavians, Turks,
Russians, Romanians, Tatars
033  The “Akkerman Fortress”, situated
in the northeastern corner of the 50’000-
people city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, lies
directly at the water – at the Dnistrowskyj-
Liman estuary
On August 17th, 2013, four days after the entry of our first visit to the Ukraine by ferry from Georgia to Ilyichevsk,
we leave the country at Starokozache to explore Moldova and Transnistria. On September 4th, we return at Mayaky
to the Ukraine. It is our 500th border crossing during our worldtrip (due to a corruption attempt a bit unpleasant)
034  Fishing camp near Mayaky on
the northern end of the Dnistrowskyj-
Liman estuary where the Dniester River
flows in coming from Moldova
and Transnistria
035  Without GPS it is preferable to
have some knowledge of the Cyrillic
alphabet in order to arrive
there where it's planned
036  The river mouth of the Dniester
River at the Dnistrowskyj-Liman
estuary close to Mayaky
037  The church of St. Victor in
Avanhard about 8 miles west of Odessa
038  The bell tower of the church of
St. Victor in Avanhard along the Obizna
Road (outer ring road of Odessa)
039  We are grateful to them! The
friendly and helpful crew at the Odessa
port when containerizing our LandCruiser
on September 19th, 2013. Thanks to
Mr. Pavel of MSC (Mediterranean
Shipping Company) and the stevedores of
Tiburon the stuffing went very smoothly
040  "Does it really fit in?" Mr. Pavel
of the MSC (Mediterranean Shipping
Company) looks a bit skeptical. After
26 container shipments before we
definitely know that our LandCruiser
does fit into a 20 feet container
041  At the airport of Odessa:
Liliana is thoughtful and also sad, like
always when another interesting leg
of our journey comes to an end. It was
a short stay in Europe – only five weeks
042  20.9.2013: Air Arabia is waiting.
The aircraft will bring us firstly to Sharjah
in the United Arab Emirates – the first leg
to our new travel destination: Cape Verde,
the islands in the Atlantic Ocean
The "Greater"-Middle East trip 2012/13:
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Western UAE - Liwa - United Arab Emirates  with car in January 2013 - part 2
Oman 2013 - Part 1 - February 2013: Musandam Peninsula
Oman 2013 - Part 2 - February 2013: Sohar - Muscat - Rustaq - Nizwa
Oman 2013 - Part 3 - March 2013: Sur - East Coast - Island of Masirah - Dhofar
Oman 2013 - Part 4 - March 2013: Salalah & Surroundings (Dhofar) - Nizwa
Oman 2013 - Part 5 - March 2013: Western Hajar Mountains
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
Iran - Part 1: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad (between Persepolis and Yazd) May 2013
Iran - Part 2: Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan May 2013
Iran - Part 3: Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh-Turkey Border May 2013
Turkey: Iran Border-Esendere-Hakkari-Van-Doğubayazıt-Kars-Ardahan-Hopa-Georgia Border May/June 2013
Georgia - Part 1: Turkey Border-Ajaria-Gori-Tbilisi-Kakheti-Azerbaijan Border June 2013
Azerbaijan: Georgia Border-Balakən-Şəki-Lahıç-Baku-Xınalıq-Quba-Laza-Baku-Gəncə-Georgia Border June 2013
Georgia - Part 2a: Azerbaijan Border-Tbilisi-Armenia Border June/July 2013
Armenia - Part 1: Georgia Border-Haghpat-Dilijan-Sevan-Tatev-Goris-Nagorno Karabakh July 2013
Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia-Stepanakert-Gandzasar-Martakert-Tigranakert-Tnjri-Shoushi-Armenia July
Armenia - Part 2: Nagorno Karabakh-Goris-Tatev-Noravank-Khor Virap-Echmiadzin-Yerewan-Geghard-Gyumri-Georgia Border July 2013
Georgia - Part 2b: Armenia Border-Ninotsminda-Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Kazbegi-Kutaisi-Zugdidi July 2013
Georgia - Part 3a: Zugdidi-Swaneti-Zugdidi-Abkhazia Border – July/August 2013
Abkhazia: Georgia-Sukhumi-Tsebelda-Novyy Aton-Lake Ritsa-Gagra-Pitsunda-Georgia August 2013
Georgia - Part 3b: Abkhazia Border-Poti-Ferry to Ilyichevsk/Ukraine – August 2013
Moldova - Part a: Ukraine Border-Cǎuşeni-Transnistria Border – August 2013
Transnistria: Moldova Border-Tiraspol-Chiţcani-Bendery-Moldova Border August/September 2013
Moldova - Part b: Transnistria Border-Chişinǎu-Orheiul Vechi-Ukraine Border September 2013