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What tourism looks like in Crimea

Published 0149 GMT (0949 HKT) September 23, 2016
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Women spend time at a private beach in Yalta, Crimea, earlier this year. Photographer Didier Bizet documented the tourism on the peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. "I would say that the tourism (in Crimea) is like 95% Russian people," Bizet said. "I did not meet any Italian, English, French. I was the only French guy in Crimea." Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
Various sights in Crimea reminded Bizet of Russia's past, from outdated cable car equipment to the clothing people wore. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
People ride golf carts at a Crimean resort. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
The Swallow's Nest castle is a Neo-Gothic monument and one of the most visited places in Crimea, Bizet said. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
A child rides on a cable car. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
People ride on a boat in the seaside resort of Gurzuf. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
A woman checks her phone at a beachside lounge in Yalta. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
A hotel in the city of Haspra, close to the Swallow's Nest castle. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
Tourists use blankets to shield themselves from the wind as they return from the Ai-Petri peak in the Crimean Mountains. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
People ride a boat to Yalta as they return from the Swallow's Nest castle. The boats are more expensive than the daily buses but faster, Bizet said. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
The chicha pipe is replacing cigarettes on the beaches, Bizet said. Smoking is forbidden almost everywhere. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
Booths are set up at a fair on Yalta's Lenin Promenade. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
The Vorontsov Palace, at the base of the Crimean Mountains, has served as the backdrop for many Russian films. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
A man enjoys a beverage while visiting the Ai-Petri peak. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
Blind tests are among the activities offered at Atmosphera, an entertainment business that opened a year ago in Sevastopol, Crimea. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
In the seaside resort of Gurzuf, beaches are often full, Bizet said. Everyone looks for an empty corner. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas
Sevastopol has been a naval port for centuries. The special status of the city makes it a strategic military base for Russia. Bizet said many tourists come to the bay to admire cruisers and old submarines. Didier Bizet/Hans Lucas