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Ukraine Opens National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2013″

December 5, 2012

KYIV, Ukraine, December 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Southern Ukrainian peninsula Crimea opens the list of the new year’s 20 must-see
places, picked by the National Geographic Traveler editors. “The Crimean Peninsula, with
its voluptuously curved Black Sea coast of sparkling cliffs, is paradise – with
Riviera-grade vistas but without Riviera prices,” describes the south Ukrainian gem the
popular tourist magazine.

The list can be found here


National Geographic informs that Crimea has 300 days of sun a year, boasts numerous
health resorts, as well as a bit of Soviet past heritage in a form of, say, “once secret
nuclear-blast-proof Soviet submarine base in Balaklava, a piece of Cold War history, now a
museum”, the “concrete block architecture”, and even the “unsmiling babushkas”. The famous
Livadia Palace in Yalta is also located on the peninsula. The site became the scene for
the 1945 conference that reconfigured postwar Europe, reminds the author.

Another Crimean attraction is wine. “I could kneel in front of this wine,” the
magazine quotes recent visitor Cathy Newman. At Crimean vineyards “you may have the
pleasure of tasting a Riesling with the scent of alpine meadows, port the color of rubies,
and a nectar called “Seventh Heaven,” teases National Geographic. Travel tips from the
travel resource also include recommendations as to when to go, where to stay, how to get
around, where to dine, and even what to read before you go.

Crimea is the center of seaside vacations in the country. Locals, as well as numerous
tourists from the neighboring countries visit the Black and Azov Sea beaches of the
peninsula. In May through October, the place is alive with many musical festivals, jazz
events in particular. At the beginning of autumn Crimean Yalta hosts the high-profile
Yalta European Strategy (YES) meeting. It attracts many state officials and international
political figures and economic experts, e.g. the Nobel Peace Prize winner and the
President of Israel Shimon Peres.

Other sites that made it to 2013 best include Grenada, Marseille, Memphis, Missouri
River Banks, Ravenna, Thessaloniki, and Uganda. Burmese land of Bagan, Norway’s gateway to
the Arctic – Bodo, an island in Nova Scotia Cape Breton, Great Bear Rainforest, Hudson
Valley, Jarash, Malawi, Quito, Indonesian island Raja Ampat, St. Augustine, Uganda, and
Chilean port Valparaiso complement the top 20.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine

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