The latest book from author Terry Boland is “CRIMEA Beyond the Romanovs”. The book is a fully integrated guide to the Palaces, Villas, Monasteries and war sites of the southern edge of Crimea from the Romanov period. Strikingly one finds at least seven former homes once belonging to the Romanov families. Most have been restored and now function as museums or sanatoriums which welcome visitors.

One can begin with Livadia, the home of the last three Tsars, survived the aftermath of the revolution, civil war and two world wars. The Palace had its moment in the global sunlight when the Yalta Conference of February 1945 played host to Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill. Visitors today can freely explore the setting of this important event as well as wandering through the living spaces of former royalty. Not far down the road the traveller will find Harax the former Villa reminiscent of a Scottish manor house and now a welcoming restaurant. It was from this villa that a group of imprisoned Romanovs lead by the Empress Marie, mother of Nicholas II, made their way down the cliffs to board a British ship that would take them to safety.

Each of the Romanov homes has a distinct architectural style and is well worth a visit. Also attracted to this sub-Mediterranean climate zone so different from that experienced in the imperial cities of St Petersburg and Moscow were hundreds of wealthy Russian aristocrats.

One must explore the famous hunting lodge of Kokkos, formerly the country palace of the Yusupov family. It is named the Palace of the Blue Eyes with stained glass windows decorated with symbols of blue eyes. The owners saw themselves as descendants of the Tatar race with their distinctive blue eyes. An amazing trip by 4-wheel drive will take you deep into the mountains to visit the hunting lodge now functioning as a school for needy children.

Yalta is the ideal centre to be your base when visiting the southern fringe of Crimea. Nestled between the Crimean Mountains and the Black Sea the city hosts a plethora of churches, villas and a busy, friendly populace enjoying their holidays and the cosmopolitan restaurant life.

The book is a must for the traveller who is interested in culture and history reflected in an eclectic mix of architecture.

The book is A4 in size, 184 pages and contains over 270 coloured photos/images. Gloss laminated hard cover and 130 gsm matt art pages.


Terry Boland was born and educated in north-eastern NSW Australia and in his adult life became a teacher specialising in English, Russian and the Revolutions History course in Victoria. Before his retirement in 2015 Terry worked in Independent colleges in Melbourne.

He has travelled regularly and extensively throughout Russia including a visit to Ekaterinburg.  He has also visited Crimea whilst it was under Ukrainian Administration. Further, on an annual basis Terry visited St Petersburg and Moscow and has considerable knowledge of the many Romanov palaces, great galleries, theatres, museums and splendid cathedrals of these imperial cities.

Terry always develops a close familiarity with the settings about which he writes and pays a first-hand visit in order to create an authentic atmosphere for his books. He is the author of the text and is responsible for the layout of “CRIMEA BEYOND THE  ROMANOVS – Palaces, Villas, Monasteries and War Sites”.  Terry now lives in Port Macquarie.

Death of a Romanov Prince - Terry Boland

Death of a Romanov Prince
by Terry Boland


Forfarshire Ploughman
by Terry Boland


Connie Parkinson was born in Singleton in New South Wales. Her interest in the Romanovs began in a school biology class where she was shown a family tree of Queen Victoria on which was plotted the passage of the haemophiliac gene throughout the generations. She was particularly fascinated by that most famous haemophiliac, the tragic tsarevitch Alexei.

There followed a lifetime passion for the Romanovs, which included books, diaries, magazines, films and even a court case about them, their family, friends and relatives, their jailors and ultimately their murderers and impersonators.

It was never an interest she could share until by chance she had the good fortune to meet Terry Boland whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the Romanovs is unsurpassed. This meeting led to a visit to St Petersburg and ultimately, a fascinating tour of the Crimea. Connie is a lawyer and lives in Adelaide with her husband Brian.

Bakhchisaray - Photo by Connie Parkinson
Bakhchisaray - Photo by Connie Parkinson

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