Monday, July 5, 2021

Traveling To Ukraine

 Daria Klemick is a member of various Ukrainian cultural clubs and participates in traditional activities including dance and cooking with family. While she grew up in the Greater New York area, she has long wanted to visit Ukraine to fully embrace her cultural heritage and with good reason. Ukraine is an often-overlooked vacation destination. Ukraine has plenty to do and is one of the largest Eastern European countries making the travel possibilities suitable for all who want to learn about the vast and interesting history and immerse themselves in the culture. Through the exploration of ancient castles, beautiful churches, extensive forests, and Black Sea beaches, travels will be sure to leave with a greater appreciation of the country and all that it has to offer. 

With a near limitless list of possible stops on a trip to Ukraine, Uman is sure to be among the top destinations. Uman is located in central Ukraine along the coast of the Umanka River. This location offers a casual and relaxing experience with great attractions. The city is well-suited to accommodate tourists. Navigating the city is made easy by the signposts directing tourists to locations such as the tomb of Rabbi Nachman Sofiyivka Park, the Basilian Monastery built in 1764, and the obelisk in the center of the town. Tourists can also watch the Love fountain show or spend the day shopping and exploring the daily market. After a day of shopping or exploring the great historical monuments, a visit to Sofiyivka Park is a great way to take in some nature and appreciate the open green spaces overlooking the intricate architecture, WWII monuments and pastel-colored churches located throughout the city. 

While traveling Ukraine, a stop in the historic city of Chernihiv is another must. Chernihiv dates back to roughly 907 making it one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. It is located in northern Ukraine along the Desna River. Here, you will find beautiful medieval architecture. The best example of this is the Catherine's Church, which boasts golden cupolas. Chernihiv is also home to two ancient monasteries located amongst caves in the outer limits of the city. Additionally, the Kachanivka Palace built in the 18th century offers tourists with the chance to view its neoclassical architecture. gardens, and lake. As though there was not already enough to see in Chernihiv, it is also where Cherninihivske beer is made, the famous Ukrainian tipple. This historic city offers tourists a great place to view various styles of architecture, and Cherninihivske is a must try for all visitors. 

While the list of travel locations can go on endlessly, Kiev must be at the top of the list. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and is the number one tourist destination. It is located in north-central Ukraine and is packed with monasteries, beautiful streets, and golden-domed churches. Kiev has been referenced as early as 482 AD making it one of the oldest Eastern European cities. While the other cities listed here offer a slower paced experience, Kiev is full of energy. Tourists can visit one of the many bars or sidewalk cafes that line the beautiful and lively streets. While walking the streets, a stop at the Museum of Folk Architecture and Ethnography should be on the list of activities as it is one of the largest open-air museums in Europe and offers a great way for tourists to learn about the city and Ukraine. Another popular tourist stop is Andriyiviskyy Descent. This steep cobble stone street is lined wit
h Art Nouveau style houses with gargoyles perched atop. The final and most popular stop in Kiev is absolutely Kiev Pechersk Lavra. This is one of the oldest (and most important) monasteries in the country. 

A trip to Ukraine can be a great way to relax, learn history, see beautiful architecture and gardens, and absorb the rich culture. The country offers a little bit of everything, making it the perfect destination to travel and get away. Known for its theatres, operas, and lively yet relaxing cities, a trip to Ukraine is sure not to disappoint. As if you needed another reason to consider a trip to Ukraine, the vacation is fairly inexpensive compared to other European vacations, making the trip a great value!


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