UKRAINE


Our favourite things to do in Kiev, Ukraine

Places to visit in Kiev: A guide for independent travellers Serious statement: we could live in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. On a scale of one to ten, it hits a nine for us and, along with London, Belgrade, Chiang Mai and Kolkata (on a good day!), it is one of our...

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In photos: Abandoned swimming pools

Urban exploration at some of the world’s forsaken swimming pools Of all the derelict places we find, swimming pools have to be one of the most alluring. It’s not always that easy to visualise what an abandoned location would have been like before it became...

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Soviet ‘street art’ in the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr

Deciphering the history behind Soviet-era plaques This wasn’t supposed to be a long post. Kirsty and I saw these Soviet-era symbols on the side of the PJSC Ukrtelecom (Ukrainian National Telecommunications Operator) building while wandering around Zhytomyr. We liked...

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Things to do in Kharkiv, Ukraine

East of the Dnipro River: Places to visit in Kharkiv The first part in our series of posts about our travels in the eastern part of Ukraine highlights what to do in Kharkiv. Despite being Ukraine's second city, few travellers visit Kharkiv. One one hand, that's a...

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Where to break the journey between Kiev and Lviv, Ukraine

Interesting places to stop on the route from Kiev to Lviv There are, of course, some great exceptions but many travel guides to Ukraine focus on Kiev and Lviv (and maybe Odessa) as if they were the only cities in the country. And to be honest, if you asked me to...

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What to do in Chernihiv, Ukraine

East of the Dnipro River - Things to do in Chernihiv Part of our series of posts on travel to the eastern part of Ukraine, this part focuses predominately on our time in the city of Chernihiv and also touches on what to see in nearby Slavutych. Introducing Chernihiv...

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Things to do in Dnipro (formerly Dnipropetrovsk)

East of the Dnipro River: Places to visit in Dnipro Looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in eastern Ukraine which receives hardly any tourists? If 'alternative traveller' is a label you give yourself, Dnipro may just be the city you're seeking! The Dnipro...

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Visiting the Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

You know when you see pictures of something and become so obsessed with seeing it, that when you finally do it turns out to be a total letdown? Or I am the only one with a serious case of FOMO? To say I was obsessed with visiting the Tunnel of Love is a tad...

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The Long Range Aviation Museum in Poltava, Ukraine

Off-the-beaten path Ukraine After another long spell in Ukraine (our fourth in three years), we are getting quite accustomed to tracking down quirky museums in a country that is full of quirky museums but the Long Range Aviation Museum in the pleasant Ukrainian city...

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Inside the Palace of Pioneers in Dnipro, Ukraine

And on becoming Architect Tourists … What are the Palaces of the Pioneers? Take what we commonly call a Youth Centre, supersize it and give it a Soviet makeover and voilà, you have the Palace of the Pioneers. Like the Scouts, the Pioneer movement was set up as an...

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Street Art in Kiev: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour of murals and street art in Kiev, an open-air art gallery. Street art in Kiev is big and bold and in your face. Of all the cities in which we’ve seen street art, I don’t think many any compare with Kiev in terms of the scale and volume of...

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