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.
In August of 1999, I contacted the friendly people at UNIPRESS for assistance in arranging my trip to the Ukraine. All arrangements were on very short notice, to include the visa. They were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, honest, and promptly handled all that they were asked to do. It was a pleasant experience in a country that is sometimes not so easy to deal with. Based on my experiences, I would recommend their services to any future visitors to the Ukraine.