Odessa, Ukraine is a lively commercial, industrial, touristic port city on the Black Sea. It was once the valued seaport for the Soviet Union. Today it still houses some of Russia’s naval ships, by agreement until 2036. The city is famous for it Potemkin  Steps, 192 granite steps (installed in 1841) that lead down to the harbor, which were  used in scenes in the famous film ‘Battleship Potemkin’ by legendary Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein in 1925. Today the city is filled with diverse architecture, old trolley cars, a beautiful opera house, many statues and a wide variety of characters.