Sebastopol is on the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea. It was established by Catherine II of Russia in 1783, but nearby areas date back to Cretan warrior settlements of 422 BC. It played a major role in the Crimean War of 1854-55.

We had dual excursions today. Karen and Bruce went to see the Romanov's Summer Palaces and Tom went to experience the Crimean War's Defense of Sebastopol and the Battle of Balaklava.

Tom saw a panorama of the siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War, the WWII eternal flame, and the Russian Submarine pens.

Lots of history at the Palaces at Massandra and Yalta – the meeting and conference rooms where Churchill, FDR and Stalin met as well as the family living areas in the summer palace of Czar Nicolas II, his wife Alexandra and their five children.

We passed by the Swallow's Nest, the symbol of Crimea.

Karen and Bruce at Massandra Palace, summer home for Czar Alexander II.
The main players at Yalta.
Czar Nicolas and family.

Bruce and the cats of Yalta Palace. Can you find all four?

Bruce at Yalta Palace/Czar Nicolas II summer palace.

The Swallow's Nest.