Lviv city guide

Lviv city guide
Lviv, or as you would say in Russian: Lvov, or Lwów in Polish takes its name from Leo (Lev) I of Galicia. Unlike most large cities in this part of Europe, the whole western part of Ukraine didn't get annexed by the USSR until 1939, which allowed them to secure most of their heritage. People there are very proud of their history, obsessing over Cossacks and looking down upon anyone that even utters a word in Russian. The Russian speaking people are considered to be betrayers since many support the Russian annexation of Crimea. And the people in the Eastern part of Ukraine such as the Donbass area accuse people in Lviv and the rest of Western Ukraine of heating up the nationalistic sentiments. Qualifications as fascists, communists and even Nazis have become fashionable again and a reasonab...
Lviv city guide

Odessa city guide

Odessa city guide
First time I learned about Odessa was while listening to Alosza Awdiejew's (Alyosha Avdyev`s) songs. I love that guy: he's the kind of this old school bard, singing about vodka, women and various crimes he and his friends might or might not have committed. It's gangsta rap straight out of the 1980s Soviet port town. Suffice to say, Odessa is a kind of place you just don't go to unless it's summer. That's why I was so surprised to discover how rich of a history and charm this town has. Mark Twain supposedly felt right at home the moment he came ashore from a long distance cruise and climbed the iconic Potemkin Stairs, in front of him a vibrant port town, the Black Sea behind him. The town that Twain was so enchanted by was discovered by Richelieu, a French mercenary, governed by Russian Emp...
Odessa city guide

Kiev city guide

Kiev city guide
Kiev or Kyiv in Ukrainian language is an unbelievable and slightly overwhelming city. Kiev is filled to the brim with beautiful colorful orthodox churches and monasteries such as the Saint Sophia's Cathedral, the St. Andrew's Church, the St. Volodymyr's Cathedral and the St Michaels Golden Domed Cathedral. All these holy places that have significant importance in the Orthodox Church are tourist staples that highly contrast with the monumental Stalinist architecture. And omnipresent nowadays is modern capitalism that shoves advertisements down your throat at every step. Even your girlfriends' babushka will probably try to sell you something. But it's not all that bad, this flow of money allowed Kiev to develop into a vibrant, European capital that could easily rival the western ones in term...
Kiev city guide
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