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in the gardens of the tsar

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at livadia palace near yalta, formerly a summer retreat for the last russian tsar then later the site of the yalta conference, where allied bigwigs churchill, roosevelt and stalin bashed heads over what the hell to do with europe at the end of the war.

we avoided the main exhibition, preferring instead to wander the gardens and imagining how "the big three" found resolutions to some of the finer points of the conference. first leader to complete a lap of the palace gets control of hungary? paper-scissors-stone to decide the partitioning of germany?

in the third picture winston churchill sans cigar is looking moody, possibly from giving away poland to stalin after an ill-fated game of rounders, the silly bugger...
31st Jul 2008, 14:45   | tags:,,,

PrincessJun says:

wow - it looks like an amazing place to visit. Churchill certainly looks moody - maybe it was a 'best of three' tiddlywinks competition that threw him. Stalin obviously had more nimble fingers - just look at how he tweaked that 'tache into place.

31st Jul 2008, 16:36

itchymoblog says:

I reckon Churchill was just cranky because they'd taken his cigar away.

Good stuff! Looks like a fascinating day.

31st Jul 2008, 17:08

Caine says:

Beautiful shots!

31st Jul 2008, 18:40

factotum says:

Interesting, all these photos of your Crimea/Ukraine travels...

6th Aug 2008, 12:31