Yalta is an historic resort city that bubbles with modern life, cruise ships, shops and restaurants and a long waterfront promenade along the Black Sea. Surrounding the city are snowcapped pine covered mountains, vast vineyards and sprawling suburban townships. Since the 19th century the city was a health spa for health impaired aristocrats and commoners who built large and small dacha summer houses. The famous 1945 meeting of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin took place at Livadia Palace, the last Russian Czar’s holiday home overlooking the sea.