Destination: Simferopol, Crimea

Crimea. Artist unknown.
Intourist, Soviet Union. ca. 1930, color lithograph.
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Merry Isthmus

Crimea is a peninsula of over 10,000 square miles connected to the Ukrainian mainland by the Isthmus of Perekop, which is less than 4 miles wide at its narrowest point. The majority of Crimea consists of semi-arid prairie lands; however the narrow strip of coast bordering the Black Sea, beneath the sloping Crimean Mountains, is lush with greenery.

The Crimean “Riviera” stretches along the southeast coast of Crimea, between Cape Sarych and Feodosiya, and is studded with summer bathing resorts. The beaches and dachas were the main destinations for the wealthy and politically connected in the vicinity.