The cobblestone and tall acacia trees on the Frantsuzsky Boulevard are most reminiscent of Old Odessa. This place was home to Odessa wealthy merchants in the old days. Now the boulevard is one of the most picturesque resort districts in Odessa. The cable car rides from the Boulevard down to the Lanzheron Beach. It is fun and costs less than $5.
The steep hill parts the Frantsuzsky Boulevard from 3 beaches beneath. Paths and stairs lead downhill to the sea shore through a green zone closed to vehicle traffic. It is a favorite sight for picnics.
I am back in Austin after a wonderful visit to Odessa. In reflecting after my trip, I want to thank you for all of your help in the process for obtaining the visa, for your hospitality and the professional way you dealt with me. I also want to comment about the wonderful service you offered through Julia, our translator.