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Crimean Journey, Part 2: Alupka Palace, Mountains and the Swallow’s Nest

The park in Alupka, which I walked through to reach the palace.

The park in Alupka, which I walked through to reach the palace.

Alupka Palace, commissioned by the anglophile Count Vorontsov in the nineteenth century, has many features which resemble an English country house. Churchill, and the British delegation must have felt at home here at the wartime conference in February 1945.

Alupka Palace, commissioned by the anglophile Count Vorontsov in the nineteenth century, has many features which resemble an English country house. Churchill, and the British delegation must have felt at home here during the wartime conference in February 1945.

After a night in the guesthouse, I headed out early to try to find a place for breakfast, and had a strange meal of pastries in a self service restaurant. After breakfast, I made my way fairly easily downhill, along a little path, to the Alupka Palace, built in the nineteenth century. My Russian phrase book again proved vital, as I was able to ask a couple of times whether I was heading in the right direction for the dvaryets (palace).

My main interest in the palace was that this is where Churchill and the British delegation stayed, during the February 1945 Yalta conference. Continue reading