Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Three days in Kiev, Ukraine

Anthony Bourdain:

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

This spring brought three very pleasant days in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, or Ukraina as the ukrainians themselves say. Purely by chance, it turned out that the third day of our visit was on the Ukrainian National day ot Victoryday on may 9th (A real stroke of luck)

This beautiful city is situated on seven hills overloooking the mighty river Dnepr and is home to more than 2,6 million people ( the official number, but due to the the large number of unregistered inhabitants the number is much higher).

The most essential thing to do before you go though, is to book a guide, unless, that is if you’re aquainted with the cyrillic alphabeth and the Russian or the Ukrainian language.  The lovely Oksana Tsupko is surely one of the best. We spent the three days like this:

 

 

Day 1 – Kiev, a city walk

Visiting the important sights in the center of Kiev

Day 2 –  A trip to the countryside

Leaving Kiev and goin’ up the country to visit pigfarmer Vassilj and his family

Day 3 – Victoryday

Joining in the celebration of “Victory Day”

Summing up

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