The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76
Scenery of the Crimea
Scenery of the Crimea.
Few people know how beautiful are the shores of the Crimea to the eastward of Sevastopol. The Emperor of Russia and many wealthy Russian families make it their resort for the enjoyment of the climate and the scenery of the coast; and there is a good carriage road from Sevastopol to Yalta, a large seaport town possessing good hotels and lodging-houses. Various bays and sheltered valleys are occupied and adorned by elegant villas; and the Emperor's palace is a very tasteful resort amidst beautiful grounds at page 60 Livadia, where the flowers of South Europe and sub-tropical plants seem to flourish as they do on the Riviera. Many of the buildings of Sevastopol were still in ruins at the time of my visit. Balaclava Harbour, once crowded with ships of war and transports, is now a mere fishing cove, and desolation reigns over all the open country, where British, French, and Italian armies were encamped during the memorable siege; but the graves of our officers and soldiers who fell in the battles of Inker-man and Balaclava, or were killed in the trenches, are enclosed by a high stone wall of a well-kept burying-ground on Cathcart's Hill, and suitable monuments have been erected to their memory. The graves of those who died in hospital, under the loving care of Miss Nightingale and her sister nurses at Scutari, opposite Constantinople, are equally well cared for at the expense of the British Government.