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    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    • Ladies' Hats, Gymnastics on the Beach and Gagarin: A Look Back at Soviet Crimea
    © Sputnik / Anatoliy Garanin
    Morning exercises at one of the resorts in Crimea, 1954.

    During Soviet times, Crimea was a place that citizens of the USSR dreamed of visiting; the peninsula featured several hundred health resorts called sanatoria as well as guest houses for holiday-makers.

    Tourists visiting Crimea had the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, take a dip in the Black Sea, and meet promising new acquaintances. They came to Crimea’s seaside resorts from throughout the Soviet Union, and returned with pleasant memories to last them through the harsher months of the year. While some camped by the sea and hiked in the mountains along the coast, others were content to swim, sunbathe and relax.

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    Yuri Gagarin, vacation, Black Sea, beach, Soviet-era, Crimea, Russia
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