A walk along Kiev’s main street Khreschatyk is not very long but it is eventful, there are expensive shops, gardens, street performers, and stalls. I saw some toilet paper with Putin’s face on it among the Soviet memorabilia – a good souvenir!
Kiev is a great city to walk in with its wide tree lined roads but it is a big city so the public transport is very useful. We found the buses quite difficult because we couldn’t decide exactly where we were but the Metro was easy.
Kiev is a city of stunning churches, huge statues and charming parks.
A planned cruise down the Dnieper from Kiev to the Black Sea was was cancelled when Russia annexed the Crimea in 2014 so we took the chance to spend a few days in Kiev as soon as we could. Continue reading
On the television today was coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster. I remember reading about this in the Evening Standard while on the tube in London on the evening it happened. In those days you didn’t know about things instantly by twitter and it was breaking news in the early evening. It got me thinking about whether I would ever view the village as a tourist site and of course I wouldn’t. However I did want to go to Chernobyl, the site of a disaster on an even greater scale. Continue reading