View over Podil from St. Andrew’s, Kyiv, Ukraine — August 25, 2021


St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Kyiv, Ukraine — August 25, 2021


Duga radar, Chernobyl, Ukraine — August 27, 2021


Square in front of St. Sophia’s Cathedral — August 25, 2021


Ferris wheel at Pripyat, Ukraine — August 27, 2021


Walking along Arkhitektora Horodetskoho street— August 25, 2021


Fabergé-esque St Andrew’s Church Kyiv, Ukraine — August 28, 2021


Frescos in St. Sophia’s Cathedral — August 25, 2021


2980 Trolley, Odessa, Ukraine — August 30, 2021


Mass service at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, Ukraine — August 26, 2021


Stalinist architectural Kyiv City State Administration building — August 25, 2021


Abandoned car, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone — August 27, 2021


View over St. Sophia’s Cathedral — August 25, 2021


Ukrainian Railways УВ — August 28, 2021


Brian in Kyiv, Ukraine — August 26, 2021


Covered market, Kyiv, Ukraine — August 26, 2021


Bell tower at St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Kyiv, Ukraine — August 25, 2021


Welcome to Chernobyl, Ukraine — August 27, 2021


City lights, Ukraine — August 25, 2021

Ukraine 2021 Journal

Tuesday, August 24 — Kyiv

Wind Rose Airlines flight 7W 748, Podgorica to Kyiv. Took a taxi from the airport and drive downtown through Independence Day traffic. Checked into room 616 of the Khreschatyk City Center Hotel. Dinner at Georgia Georgian restaurant. (So good.) Walked around town and enjoyed the Independence Day Celebrations including the televised concert, partially in the rain. What energy!

Wednesday, August 25 — Kyiv

Breakfast at Georgia, again!

Lonley Planet walking Tour including: Khreshchatyk Stret, Maydan Nezalezhnosti, Independence Column, House of Chimeras, Weeping Widow House, neo-Gothic mansion, Chocolate House, Verkhovna Rada (Parliament Building), Devil’s Bridge, Park, Friendship of Nations Monument, Old town, St Sophia’s Cathedral

Dinner at Korchma Taras Bulba

Walked to Podil Поділ and take the Kyiv Metro back from Podil station to Maidan Nezalezhnosti. We learn how deep the subway is when we take the longest escalator of our lives.

Thursday, August 26 — Kyiv

Breakfast/lunch at Urban space 500, Farmer’s market, Riding a train in Kyiv Metro to Arsenalna station, which I later learn is the deepest subway station. We walked Park of Eternal Glory to Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra, where a mass service of some sort is going on. It is a very regilious experience with a score of singers doing hymns in perfect arpeggio on both sides of the room. We also climbed the bell tower. Very cool, even for a guy that is note remotely religious.

Dinner at Kanapa

Firday, August 27 — Chernobyl / Kyiv

Chornobyl tour, with lunch in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Dinner at Pervak; walk around the area and have desert at the Veronica

Saturday, August 28 — Odessa

Very good breakfast/lunch at Mama Gochi

Walk around town; St Andrew’s Cathedral; walk through park; art on sale, gilr playing piano under the finicular

Ukrainian Railways train 637 @ 4:30pm to Odessa, Wagon 8, Seat 43, 44, first class


Sunday, August 29 — Odessa

Walk around; Lunch at Gogol Mogol; Dinner at Kumanets

Monday, August 30 — Odessa

Chilling; Dinner at Maman; Walk around; boho bar

Tuesday, August 31 — Odessa

Breakfast; Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral; Museum of the History of Jews in Odessa; Black Sea; Dinner at Maman; Drink at Boho bar

Sunday, September 1 — Tiraspol

Breakfast at hotel, driver meets us at noon and we head off towards Transnistria, officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, which is an unrecognized breakaway state located in the narrow strip of land between the river Dniester and the Moldovan–Ukrainian border that is internationally recognized as part of Moldova.