Virtual walk along Odessa: Part 7
Those who are interested in unusual art cafe should be sure to visit Gogol Street, 8. During the summer, the street Cafe “Gogol-Mogol” (“The Eggnog”) is comfortably styled like a grand-mother’s cafe and inn. Even if the price of this place scare you, it will be interesting to look at the fence with its old bike, old torn chairs and tables of the last century, and other old stuff hanging around. In the evening the whole neighbourhood can hear canary trills from a male canary whose cage is located directly on the territory of the cafe.
Returning to the Shah`s palace, and passing a little further we will find ourselves on Zhvanetski boulevard, where in the beginning, once attention is drawn to an unusual monument with an interesting history, a monument to an orange which saved Odessa. And it's not a joke. Sculptural composition portrays a fateful moment in the life of Odessa, when the Emperor Paul had suspended the financing for construction of the city. Then Odessa gave him a gift which was unprecedented at the time, three thousand of the best Greek oranges (remember Odessa is a port city). Valuable cargo was transported to St. Petersburg from Odessa in 14 days, in record time considering that it was a cruel winter, the horses were driven day and night. Each orange was wrapped in paper on which was written the benefits of Odessa as a trade port.
Paul liked the gift so much that he gave money and the construction of the city continued. Previously, the monument was located on Lanzheronovskaya Street and in 2009 it was moved to M. Zhvanetsky Boulevard.
Michael Zhvanetsky Boulevard is a very cozy and green space along Chestnut Avenue where it is possible to see quite a few tablets with witty and, as always, life sentences of the great humorist of Odessa which was named in honour of him.
When you reach the end of the boulevard you will be on the territory of the Odessa Art Museum, this building is a beautiful semi-circular end of the XIX century mansion. Rather this palace was built for the daughter of Count Pototsky, Olga Naryshkina. In the courtyard of the Museum there is beautifully decorated bed and behind it stretches a small public garden overlooking the harbour and the sea, where you can relax after a long and impressive walk in Odessa.
Here we finish our story, although there can be a lot to say and show about Odessa. And best of all, go there by yourself, because even the most colourful story does not convey the sense of beauty that is caused by Odessa, the pearl of the sea.