Odessa’s Holocaust memorial is a tribute to one of the most tragic periods of the city’s history.
Hidden behind the sculptures and the plaques is a deeply personal story of an Odessa Jew, Yakov Maniovich. But it’s not only his story. It’s the story of thousands of Odessa and Bessarabia Jews who were killed and just a few hundreds who managed to survive. It’s the story of Odessa during Romanian occupation and the gentile who rescued the Jews.
It was a really amazing experience to film for Travelswithsheila and take Sheila and her husband on private Odessa Food Tasting and Jewish Heritage tours. Enjoyed every minute of it!
While visiting new destinations a lot of travelers are interested in exploring them beyond the historic quarter and city borders. A question frequently asked by our tour guests is about the day trips from Odessa. What’s worth seeing in the countryside? How long does it take to travel around Odessa’s region? What is the best itinerary? Here’re a few ideas and itineraries drawn on my personal preferences and experience:).
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Thinking of taking a tour by car in Odessa and wondering what’s included? Here’re a few insights from a local guide.
It’s best to split the Odessa tour by car in two parts: start with the walking tour of the historic city center and then proceed with the tour by car to other neighborhoods. Why do we recommend seeing the city this way? First and foremost, at Odessa Walks we are big advocates of walking tours :). The best way to get under the skin of a city is by walking it. Secondly, Odessa’s old town is perfect for walking tours: it’s very compact, all sights are close to each other and it’s well worth going behind the façade of the landmarks and into the courtyards to get a feel for local lifestyle. Even if you are limited in time, it’s still worth spending a couple of hours walking the cobblestone streets of Odessa’s historic quarter:).
“…Pushkin street, an important street, majestically sleepy, … for some reason even the large hotel on the corner did not stick out… it seemed that grand, classical antiquity was living out its last days on this section of Pushkin street, where grain traders were still called merchants and mixed both Greek and Italian phrases into their conversations.” Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky “The Five”
One of our favorite tours is Odessa’s Foodie walk:)) And it’s just perfect for the winter weather. A walk between three cozy local restaurants does not exceed more than 40 minutes, yet you see most of the city landmarks and mouth-watering food is sure to keep you warm and delighted 🙂 And you get a chance to learn how to make Odessa’s style pancakes from one of the city’s best cooks:)) Join us when in Odessa! To book a tour email at email@example.com
Planning to be in Odessa in winter and wondering whether it’s possible to do any sightseeing at all without freezing to death? In this blog post, let’s talk about what’s doable and not and how to get the most of your time in Odessa in winter.
For a start, here’s a quote from our tour guest, who visited Odessa right after New Years and took several tours, although it was quite cold and snowy. “I was there two years ago for New Years and went on two of your tours. I was surprised that it was the best time to visit Odessa!”
Early January morning. Odessa’s historic quarter
O’key, to be completely fair, December is not the most magical month in Odessa. Yet, the city has some winter charm and there are festive things to do as Odesseans celebrate Christmas and New Year.
Odessa Jewish Heritage: the Jewish hospital – one of the Jewish artifacts, which survived the pogroms, revolution, the Civil war, WW2 and the Soviet period. Built by the Jewish community in 1860s-1870s on the funds, which came from the interest on the special bank deposit and kosher butcher’s tax, the Jewish hospital provided medical services to the Odessa’s Jewry as well as all other people who needed treatment. Around 20000 people could come see the doctor there annually.
Interested in arranging a private Jewish Odessa tour with us? Email at firstname.lastname@example.org