ODESSA, UKRAINE: THURSDAY, JULY 1 — 9:30am – 8pm

Founded (the modern city) by Catherine the Great, Odessa, “the pearl of the Black Sea” offers pastel-hued, neoclassical buildings, the bustling Pryvoz market, and the iconic Potemkin steps. Odessa’s Deribasovskaya Street is a pedestrian paradise with shops, cafes, and monuments, and the world-renowned Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre. Because of its strategic position as an access point to the Black Sea, control of the city has shifted many times, and the city endured targeted famine and executions in the pre-World War II Stalin era, and suffered greatly under German occupation in WWII. A day in Odessa can be a gateway to historical reflection, an observation of the persistence of its beauty, or simply a day to celebrate Ukrainian cuisine.

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