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.
Wooooo we're in Odessa! Ukraine decided to let me in this time, and we are enjoying it so far. This evening our new friend Snezhana took us for a twilight walk around the city, and we had a lovely dinner at Kompot… It was warm enough to sit outside! Tomorrow we might see about going to the opera at the opera house, which you can see in the picture.
Saint Sophia cathedral in Kiev is blew us away when we visited today. Wow! Did you know we have a travel podcast? Find us on iTunes to hear our travel tips — it's a great way to pass the time while travelling on public transport. Search for Indie Travel Podcast on iTunes, or on Stitcher or Soundcloud if you prefer.
Spot quiz: how many tourists can you see in this photo? This is the Kiev Lavra monastery, founded in either 1051 or 1077 (some time ago, either way) and is an enormous complex of churches, other buildings, and caves — some of which host the mummified bodies of some of the monks who have lived here over the centuries. It was an amazing place to visit.
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