Sunday, July 4, 2010


These are pictures of the market near the train station. It's very big and it's well known here. Everytime we come, we see something different. They sell everything you could think of here.  Everything is so neatly arranged and organized inside the different little shops.  They put it all up and take it down every day.  It opens around 7 a.m. and closes around 6 p.m.
 This vendor has LOTS of dried fruits.

This is a dried goods vendor.

The bottom two pictures is what I saw first, the outside part of the market.  The inside part of the market are in the other two pictures. 

The aroma that filled the air when I rounded to corner.. WOW!  It smelled alot like Lawry's Seasoned Salt but with 10 times the power.  I just had to take a picture of this outside spice vendor.  While we were there, the wind was so strong that it made their large umbrella's covering peel away from the spokes.  It was too tall for me to reach.  My husband reached over and helped with such ease.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gold Child

This is the sculpture "Gold Child." This is a sculpture that is known by the people in Odessa as "Baby Odessa."  Odessa is considered to be a young city in Ukraine.  It sits at the port of Odessa here.  It can be shocking to unexpecting visitors to be greeted with this.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Yum! Pan-Pizza Restaurant

This is where we went yesterday.  It was such a beautiful day out.  It definitely has a European feel in this country.  It is obvious that everyone loves to be outside here.  With the trees, and wonderful shade, I can't say that I would blame them much. There are many beautiful days here.  We sat outside to enjoy our meal.
I heard some noise behind us and there was the cook behind us outside cooking. 

Below you will see the flowers that were on our table.  If you look closely, you will see that we had a visitor for lunch.

Beside us in a raised bed were beautiful flowers.

Here's the entree we shared.  It was chicken breast stuffed with cheese and spinach.  Our selected side was savory rice and vegetables.

Below is the spinach salad.  It had vinegar, oil, and salt for the dressing. Here, you will see spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced boiled eggs, and sliced green onions. It was very good.
Here's the dessert.  This was like an apple custard yet tastes like bread pudding.  It was yummy!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mexican Food

We broke down and went to a Mexican Restaurant here.  We have been SO spoiled in the States.  There are no refills of chips and salsa here.  Everything you get extra, you pay extra.

Below, you will find the beans, pico, sour cream and hiding underneath, some cheese.  The other side is what they said was guacamole.  It is not guacamole as I know it.  This version is made of egg yolk, maybe some milk, dill weed.

The tortillas were fresh and warm.  

The fajitas were really tasty.  I enjoyed them.

Black Sea Photos

In these pictures, you will see these huge cement walls.  Many people just jump off these bulkheads to go swimming.  If you look closely, you can see people on them in these pictures.

The Pathway to the Black Sea

This is the path to the Black Sea.  This is very close to Camp Viktoria where our girl is staying until we get the papers we need from court.  I love these wide walking pathways here.  The trees here are like an awning above as you walk. It's so beautiful.

Below, you will see pictures from the fork in the road after the tree lined awning.  If you face one way, you will see one of the views.  If you face the other, you will see the other view.

Two Story McDonald's

This is the top floor of the McDonald's that our little one considers his favorite eating place.  He has become a Happy Meal Kid!  Oh no!