We only visited Odessa and Kiev this time, but we’re already dreaming of a return visit — we want to stroll the streets of Lviv, check out Chernobyl, and perhaps visit friends in Zaporizhia (that well-known metropolis…).
Odessa is a beautiful city, compact and full of echoes of former glory. We found the city itself to be the main attraction, and enjoyed spending time in the parks and admiring buildings like the opera house and the flat house. Plus, there’s the mother-in-law bridge, the City Gardens, and the Potemkin steps, among many other landmarks.
The main sights of Kiev include the the Friendship Arch, the Mother Motherland monument, Maidan square in the centre of town, Khreshchatyk Street, and a multitude of churches and monasteries. We enjoyed strolling the streets and exploring a cave monastery, but our week there was certainly not long enough.
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