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Kiev Ukraine: What To Do?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:57 am

My wife and I were finally called for our adoption. We have to make 2 trips to Kiev before we can bring our child home. Our flight and hotel are already booked.
The first trip which is on November 12th is for 2 weeks. Our second trip will be about 3 weeks later and we have to stay for 4 weeks.
Can anyone tell me what is around Kiev to pass the time?
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RE: Kiev Ukraine: What To Do?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:10 am

Well, as I suggested on here a few weeks ago, you could try and arrange a trip to Pripyat and Chernobyl, that would be a pretty amazing experience for both of you I should think, and is a major part of the country's history.

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RE: Kiev Ukraine: What To Do?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:40 am

You'll end up twiddling your thumbs if you're stuck in Kiev for a couple of weeks.

Ukraine is an intriguing country but, even so, a couple of weeks in Kiev will get a bit repetitive. There are the Cave Monasteries, some picturesque catherdrals and the like around Kiev. You could also go and see Dynamo in the Luzhniki. Some of my fabulous pictures are here.

If your circumstances enable you to leave Kiev at all, there are plenty of other places nearby. You can pop over to Poland or fly to the Crimea, Odesa or Lviv. One thing is for sure - you'll see a ton of churches.

I never got to see Chernobyl. It sounds interesting and seemed possible to visit with a guide but it seemed a bit too voyeuristic for me.

And, if you haven't already, get to grips with basic Cyrillic. It will save a lot of head scratching as bilingual signs are not very common around Ukraine.
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RE: Kiev Ukraine: What To Do?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:53 am

Personally I've never been to Kiev but I hear that it has a lot of interesting places if you and your wife are into sightseeing. And as has already been mentioned by PlymSpotter, Chernobyl and Pripyat might make an interesting one day trip. Just be sure to book it in advance. In any case, hope you can put up a trip report after you go.

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RE: Kiev Ukraine: What To Do?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:09 pm

Quoting BAxMAN (Reply 2):
You'll end up twiddling your thumbs if you're stuck in Kiev for a couple of weeks.


Besides the more publicised sites already mentioned you can go to Opera/Ballet/Symphony 3 or 4 times a week at about $10 for the best seats in the house ( 60 cents for the worst ).

The outdoor markets at Petrivka and Troieshenya are worth a good day each.

Rodina Matt museum of the Great Patriotic War, you really can't miss it, bloody great steel woman on top with adjacent Tank and Missile Park if that's your thing.

Bear in mind you'll be full on with serious beauracracy so possibly not as much free time as you think.

Cruise on the river and/or go fishing.

Peregova (sp.), an outdoor park with lakes which shows of traditional country buildings and way of life.

Kyiv is great, just wandering around is heaps of fun.
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RE: Kiev Ukraine: What To Do?

Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:50 am

Thanks for all the info guys.
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RE: Kiev Ukraine: What To Do?

Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:07 am

Ah Kiev, one of the best places on earth for me. Whenever I go somewhere, I try not to follow all the tourist advice. I mean, there is just so much to do. Obviously go around and look at all the famous cathedrals and churches. Visit the museums and various exhibits. Markets are great. Best thing of all though, just simply roam around the city. Take the public transport to different locations and just go everywhere you can. That way you can truly experience life in a foreign country. personally being in a city like Kiev, I usually walk everywhere I can.

If you have so much time on your hands, and you can afford to get away for a few days, take some train journeys to various parts of Ukraine. Lviv, Odessa, Crimea, Lugansk - they are all so different. Trains are inexpensive, so if you have the time, go for it! You will enjoy it.

Stay open-minded, the people are very nice and are willing to help foreigners, even if they have to use sign language to communicate. Not many know English. If you want some help in English, try approaching a young man or woman. They are most likely learning it in college, so will definitely be able to help you more than the average citizen.


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