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Published: October 1st 2017
Geo: 44.6, 33.53
We slept in until after 8:45am. The seas are calm, but it is overcast. We did not do a lot today. We walked around the ship a few times, trying to reconstruct the difference between the model of the old Viking Sun and the ship as it currently exists. We also set off on a quest to find out where the "Queen's Lounge" was and figured it had been renamed “Showroom at Sea”😉. We took lunch in the dining room, which was fine.
The captain announced that they had just received word that our ship would be allowed the dock at 6pm tonight at Sevastopol. This was in some compensation for the horrid tender passages yesterday and the extra time spent at anchor in Turkey. We watched our arrival into Sevastopol in the late afternoon. The city sits on several small hills at the entrance to a very long bay (about 7km long). The buildings are all low, and there were many trees around. Ugly Brezhnev-era buildings dominate the north side of the bay. The southern side is more attractive, with parks, and white buildings in predominantly Baroque architecture. We learned later that most of the original buildings had been laid waste during World War II but were reconstructed almost exactly as designed after the war. Churches, however, were not reconstructed, and almost any ugly 1960s or 1970s building stands on the site of an old church.
After we were cleared, Paul and I walked through town for about an hour, until it was dark. Really enjoyable walk: we started by strolling along the waterfront. A few other people were out – mostly young people walking in groups. We then left the waterfront and headed up the hill, through a park. The lower part of the park was quite attractive but it became less well-maintained as we headed away from the water. At the top stands a statue of Lenin, pointing out to sea. From Lenin and the church, we walked down steps towards the second main street, then back to the ship.
It was formal night, but we had just a few minutes to change before our reservations. I began to feel ill during dinner (achy and yucky) so we cut dinner short, so I could get to bed early.
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