Approximately night 11 hours are needed to get from Sochi to Anapa – it is on the southern side of Russia (or just 3 hours from Moscow to Simferopol,capital of Crimea, by place, though it is not my case). The dawn at six at the bus station was amazing with the accompaniment of a tramp’s drums there. Another couple of hours to the port of Caucasus and here we are, my brother and I, in line at the ticket office waiting for tickets to the ferry across the Kerch Strait to the Crimea peninsula.
YALTA AND GURZUF
After five nights spent in a tent, the hostel “SOBAKA” in the city of Yalta, where we found ourselves on the evening of the next day, seemed a huge cozy palace with many rooms.
There we met a couple of Chinese students who explored the peninsula for two weeks on their vacation, practicing Russian and not letting go of the phones, and a 65-year-old woman who opened our eyes to the fact that in Russia the retirees’ are not those just sitting on the benches near the entrances, but also volunteering, for example, at the Olympic Games in Sochi, where she traveled and received a colossal experience, and now travelling across the Crimea and enjoys the views.
From Yalta you can get to Gurzuf. The bus №106 from the bus station took us all in half an hour to the place.
Crimea, namely Gurzuf, is associated with childhood. Therefore, every time coming here, you experience incredible pleasure, images pop up in your mind.
So following the pictures at the memory, we found the market in the heart of the tangled streets. There we bought suluguni cheese and wonderful lavash and sat on the steps, chewing this luxuriance, without noticing the crowd, eager for the beach.
Then we found the Gurzuf dacha of Chekhov, went to the museum, and then swam in the bay, where you can get to, only by paying a ticket to this museum.
PRICES AND ADDRESSES
- The ticket for the night bus of Sochi-Anapa costs about 500 rubles. Leaves from here. It is better to find the departure hours by calling the station in advance. And come beforehand, otherwise, if tickets are bought from the driver, you can stay without a seat and stand in the aisle. Or sit there on the floor.
- A single ticket for the ferry can be bought here.
- The ticket for the bus from the port of Kerch to Simferopol will cost 300-400 rubles.
- There are a lot of dining rooms in the Crimea, they are cheap and tasty: in Simferopol – at the railway station somewhere here, in Yalta – at the intersection of Pushkinskaya Street and Botkinskaya Street, in Gurzuf – the dining room “At Home”
- Bed in the room type “dorm” in the hostel “Dog” was 12$ per night.
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