The Ukraine or, as we more popularly know it, The Seat of Power. Soon to be host of Euro 2012, which will hopefully see me there again!
My final destination both in Crimea and in Ukraine was the small town of Bakchysaray. Head of the Crimean Khanate before the Russians came in to attack the Tatars, Backchysaray is now a small town with a handful of places historical interest and not much else. My favorite of the sites in town was the … Continue reading
My feelings about Sevastopol pretty much sum up my feelings for Crimea in general: It seemed like a place that had a lot of potential, but I was there at precisely the wrong part of the year. The city had a huge and busy harbour, a nice stretch of restaurant and shops overlooking the water, … Continue reading
The reason I decided to skip that flight to Georgia and stay in Ukraine was almost entirely due to my Couchsurfing hosts in Kiev. They showed me such an awesome time in town and such an awesome side of the city that I realized I would feel like I had shortchanged Ukraine were I not … Continue reading
Aside from being a popular beach resort (from Soviet times until now), Yalta also had an important historical role at the end of World War Two. Yalta’s Livadia Palace was the place where Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met in 1945 to discuss what post-war Europe would look like on a map. Though tourist access to … Continue reading
Ukraine is a great country. It has most of the trappings one would expect as a tourist in Europe, but at a far cheaper cost than most of the continent. I did a bit of couchsurfing in Ukraine, but in Lviv and Kiev I also ended up going out most nights to see music or … Continue reading
Kamyanets-Podilsky is historically important to the Polish and Ukrainian empires, playing host to defence against several invasions: Ottoman, Mongol, and Tartar among them. The old town is a beautiful castle-island, with an older castle just across a stone bridge. That being said, I didn;t have a particularly good time here. A couple of pictures that … Continue reading