Steep mountain peaks serve as a lovely backdrop for Yalta, the jewel of the Crimean peninsula and our favorite Ukrainian city. We're not surprised that the writer Anton Chekhov would choose to live in this seaside resort—it seems to be a combination of Carmel, California, the French Riviera and Greece. Picturesque Yalta, once playground of the czars and home to Chekhov and Tolstoy, has exemplary resorts, Mediterranean-style architecture, museums, rugged beaches and a mountainous backdrop.
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