Wednesday, May 06, 2015

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "Y" — Some places I've been starting with "Y"

"Y" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "Y" where I have traveled:

 - No Countries (Yemen is the only country beginning with "Y" and we haven't been there).  No States at all begin with  "Y".  

 - States
Yaroslavl, Russia -- We stopped off at Yaroslavl, on the Volga River, on our Moscow to St. Petersburg Viking River Cruise.
Yalta, Ukraine -- We visited Yalta in August, 2013, on our Venice to Istanbul to the Black Sea and back to Athens, Greece Pacific Princess Cruise (link).  Yalta's city population is 80,500 but the metropolitan area population is about 139,500.
- We  docked at Yalta in the morning of August 16, 2013.  After breakfast we boarded a bus and headed for the Livadia Palace outside Yalta.  We traveled a little over an hour to get there.  It was there that the 1945 Yalta Conference was held by the big three leaders to discuss post warm WWII, plans to rebuild Europe.

Following are some pictures.  On this cruise, our daughter, Karen, and our four-year-old grand-daughter, KP, came along with us.  KP loved the kids' program that Princess had for them.

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"The Yalta Conference, sometimes called the Crimea Conference and codenamed the Argonaut Conference, held February 4–11, 1945, was the World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization. The conference convened in the Livadia Palace near Yalta in Crimea." (Read more)

Mrs. Jim likes clocks, especially older ones. and has several in her collection. She liked this one.  I am not sure if it was there for the Conference or if it was added later as room furniture.

Our ride back to Yalta was uneventful.  We traveled down the coastal road and the scenery was beautiful.  There were some old mansions along the highway and the road was great. 

We took a short excursion ride through town and over to the ship where we had lunch before going out for the afternoon.

We had a little rain shower before we could reach the ship. 
There wasn't any lightening so being under the tree was fine for us.

This was my favorite salad aboard the Pacific Princess. 
It is a Scallop __? ? ?__ Salad
The Pacific Princess is going to Alaska for one trip this summer.  Right now they are finishing filling it up with bargain fares.  (Link to Princess)  An interior room is going for $299 and a window will be $399.
The Pacific Princess is one of their two Small Ship cruise boats having a passenger capability of about 680.  I think we knew about half of them by the end of our two-week cruise (from Venice, Italy, to Istanbul into the Black Sea and them back out to Athens, Greece).
The sister ship is the Ocean Princess.  The original Pacific Princess was the Love Boat but this one has replaced it nicely.
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 - Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.

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That clock is lovely. I'm not sure I'd want to take a cruise with all the sickness and capsizing I've seen recently. Love the boat with the eyes though, and the lighthouse is lovely. Glad I get to see the world through your eyes.
That is a lovely clock that you picked out. I'm not really for cruises so I will pass on it.
How fun and I'm stuck on that salad. That would be an entire meal for me. Yummy.

Have a fabulous day. ☺
Looks like Y let you down as far as countries and states go!! KP is a cutie -- I bet she was a joy to you on the cruise! Fun pics of the trash can litter and the boat with the eyes :)
In response to your "cat" comment ..... I have the feeling mama cat was going to move them -- looks like they were getting too big for the original nest and also there's been a "stranger danger" cat trying to grab some kitty food and that might have scared her. We're trying to watch out for him and run him off.
I always enjoy your travel photos and stories! That clock is a beautiful one!
You are a dear to your wife - you have been everywhere - the clock is beautiful and that shrimp dinner looked delish.
I would love that scallop dish.
Wonderful post and lovely photos ~ such a wonderful family and blessed traveling together ~ Wonder if you have ever been to Jekyll Island GA? Quite the place ~

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol
To answer your question on my blog(I can't reply to your comment directly since you're a "no-reply blogger"), my "inner Minnie Mouse" Minnie Mouse, as in Mickey Mouse's wife/girlfriend. She wears a polka dot dress.
I'd probably get all goose bumps standing anywhere in Yalta. You are like that Roger Miller song about the guy who has been everywhere. :-)
The View from the Top of the Ladder
That Alaskan cruise sounds like a real good bargain...especially for all those days. I hope your granddaughter was old enough to remember some of that trip.

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