Arriving in Simferopol train station, we hunted around for the best map we could find, caught a ride on reputedly the world’s longest trolly-bus route and then got off in the middle of nowhere. That was about the extent of our plans.
Unfortunately, the map bore rather little resemblance to the dizzying network of trails crisscrossing the mountain side. Many of the springs and streams had dried up and our ambitions of walking cross country to Bakhchysarai slowly evaporated with it.
Who cares though when you’re walking through forests and vast lavender fields, and the landscape is like this. Crimea definitely seems to be unique compared to the rest of Ukraine, and we met lots of families who had come for the benefits of the fresh mountain air.
One day we’ll be back (maybe with a better map?)
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