Visiting the Cave Monastery is a must for many locals, pilgrims and tourists here. We call that monastery Kiev Pechersk Laura (in Russian sounds as lavra).
Pechersk is the Ukrainian name fo Cave District of Kiev.
Laura means an outstanding and merited monastery.
The monastery is located on the elevated bank of the Dnipro in the area known as Upper Kiev.
Kiev Pechersk Laura (Kiev Cave Monastery) was founded in the 11th century.
It’s a complex of cathedrals and churches, the belfry being 96.5 m high, the highest structure in the city until the statue of Motherland was erected in 1982. The statue is 102 m high.
The monastery is one of the eight men’s monasteries in Kiev and is a place of pilgrimage of many Orthodox Christians in Ukraine.
Its churches belong to the Russian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.
The cyrillic alphabet is hard to understand for foreigners.
А = a
Б = b
В = v
Г = g
Д = d
Е = je
Ё = jø
Ж = zh
З = z
И = i
Й = j
К = k
Л = l
М = m
Н = n
О = o
П = p
Р = r
С = s
Т = t
У = u
Ф = f
Х = h
Ц = ts
Ч = tsj
Ш = sj
Щ = sjtsj
Ъ = _
Ы = y
Ь = '
Э = e
Ю = ju
Я = ja
Fondest memory: The street police in Kiev downtown are friendly and respond positive on questions from tourists. Their clothes and behavior reminds more of a villager than policemen on the beat in a big city. They are shuffling around the streets with their spacious uniforms. It looks funny. Anyway, the police in Kiev are tough enough to handle the increasing crime in the city.
Frequenting Friendship Park located on the high bank of the River Dnipro and enjoying the views of the Friendship Arch and the river with the opposite flat bank (left bank).
There's a bistro, an amphitheater and an observation platform there.
All in all it's a quiet place. They say, it is a very nice place for sweethearts.
The locals say it's their Sweethearts Park.
Enjoying the views from my hotel window at Tourist Hotel.
This is the new district on the left bank called "Darnitsa".
You can also see the famous Metro Bridge with a metro train on it.
The high building to the right of the avenue is "Tourist" hotel.
If you get to the Cave Monastery located in Hrushevsky Street on the elevated bank of the Dnipro, you can have a nice view of the new city districts located at the opposite bank.
This district on the left bank is called "Darnitsa" and it consists of dozens of multi-storeyed apartment houses.
You can also see several bridges standing there in the area of the new cathedral of the Cave Monastery.
Enjoying the wonderful views of the River Dnipro from the observation platform of Friendship Park located next to European Square.
You can see the Friendship Arch dedicated in 1983 as a symbol of the Ukrainian-Russian friendship.
There is an amphitheater next to the arch where you can see concerts on holidays.
Fondest memory: Walking downtown and admiring the beautiful architecture, statues and avenues.
Sauntering and window shopping in "Globe" Undeground Complex.
Fondest memory: You can visit this huge underground trade and fun center under Inpendence Square.
It's an ambitious expensive project with high prices now.
You can either have lunch or dinner at one of the high-end cafes or go shopping at its very expensive stores.
I have never seen so many of the most expensive BMW's, Audi's, Mercedes, Porche's and Italian sportcars as I did in Kiev downtown. I must admit it was exciting to see the cars drive around the streets, especially when some of the drivers accelerated their sportscars to its limit.
Why are there so many expensive cars in this city? And how can so many people afford this in a country where the average wages are among the lowest in Europe?
Ukrainian doctors are the most skilful doctors in orthopaedic surgery. And they outdistance other countries in price. A clinic in Kiev specialize for bow legs and knock knees treatment.
Ladisten Orthopaedic clinic
97, Lisova st.
Ph: +38 098 572 94 47
Fondest memory: Ukraine was earlier a bit difficult to visit due to visa regulations. But that is history if you are a citizen of the European countries, Canada, USA or Japan. You can visit Ukraine without visa and stay 90 days.
Fondest memory: Dnipro River is one of the major rivers in Europe with a total length of 2285 km. It flows from Russia through Belarus and Ukraine before it ends in the Black Sea. The river passes through the city of Kiev, and is so wide that large vessels can access the ports in the city. The sandbanks of the river are used as recreation areas and beaches.
Favorite thing: Once again along with the other lovely friends at the VT meet in Kiev I also got the chance to meet the lovely Tanya who likes ducks but not enough to steal the ones from the restaurant. :-) LOL
Fondest memory: Well once again it was so nice after knowing some lovely friends over 5 years through VT that I actually got to meet them here in Kiev. It was a pleasure meeting Anna_only and Anna aka Dialing where we went to this lovely restaurant and then on to Route 66 for Pool and table football :-) UKraine vs England..! haha
Fondest memory: My first night in Kiev and I had the pleasure of meeting my 1st VT member there Olya Pictured on the left. We met at the Golden gate pub along with Tatiana for a lovely drink and a chat :-)