If you ever get the offer of visiting an authentic Ukrainian village you have to go. The villages in Ivano-frankivsk are extremely beautiful with views of the amazing Carpathian Mountains. Ukrainian villages are generally very cash poor but inhabit some of the most kind, generous people that you will ever meet. You will see people coming out of their way to greet you (many ukrainian villagers may not have met a foreigner before) You will see chickens, goats, cows grazing in the fields, You see people plough their fields and chop up wood the old fashioned way and you will see the local churches that are beautifully decorated. Church services are very different than those in England, it can however, be very hard to follow with no knowledge of the language and you could be stood up for a good 2 hours.
Many people who live in the villages will not know the English language so I would advise that if you were to visit a village that you should try to learn Ukrainian or take a guide/interpreter with you.
If you are ever invited for a meal at a Ukrainian home do not eat before you arrive! Ukrainian's are very big on hospitality and you will find that they will bring more and more food out on the table and they will want to see that you are eating and enjoying their food. In my experience of eating a meal in a Ukrainian village in Ivano-Frankivsk, the food was delicious. Everything home cooked, a variety of drinks, wine, vodka, moonshine! were served. You may also be asked to make a toast!
- Religious Travel
This is a very big market which sells everything from clothes, shoes, food, flowers, ornaments.....even animals. We were brought here by our interpreter and really enjoyed our morning at the market. Most items were really well priced. I bought a rug for my living room that cost me roughly £5.00 and would have cost me £25-£30 back home. All the clothes sold on the market appear to be hand made, as do the ornaments and a wide variety of items made out of wood. Entrance to the market is free, there is also no charge for parking.
Towards the back of the market the floor is made from stones and pebbles so you would have to be very careful if you had trouble walking and the back of the market would be a no go if you were in a wheel chair.
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
What I want to see in all Ukrainian cities are the markets. They are lively, colourful and offer incredible quantities of excellent food, produced without hormons, pesticides and with minimal to none input of artificial fertilizers. I am sure you will miss these great fruits and vegetables when you are back home to the tasteless EU-tomatoes which have to resist undamaged a collision with a solid wall with a speed of 20 km/h (try that with your car) but there are no rules about the taste... - or the apples produced over innumerable hectares in the valleys of Adige/Etsch and Isarco/Eisack which look like fresh from the tree through two years but I never noticed any taste reminding me of an apple...