Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, epitomizes the two opposite yet intricately related emotions of love and hate. As one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, there were already inhabitants in Kiev even before the 5th century. Indeed, love brought about the growth of the city that lies on both sides of the Dnieper River. But hate also marks the city as witnessed by the slaughter of many Jews, now memorialized by the Motherland Statue and War Memorials. In Kiev, the visitor is constantly reminded of the two extremes of the human spirit and why love will always emerge triumphant in the end.
One interesting attraction in Kiev if you're not claustrophobic is Pecherska Lavra, a series of caves with bodies of mummified monks venerated by pilgrims. Women must wear skirts and cover their hair to be allowed entry. A more relaxing place to visit is the Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life, which features six restored Ukrainian villages. The Hidropark, one of the more well-developed parts of Kiev, boasts an amusement park and great beaches for swimming. Victory Park is a great place for a stroll while Khreschatik Street is a great avenue to watch entertainers and locals. The Chernobyl Museum is also a must-see. Another highly recommended historic attraction is the Andriyivskyy Descent, a historic descent connecting Kiev's Upper Town neighborhood and the historically commercial Podil neighborhood.
Compared to the rest of Europe, dining is Kiev is pleasantly affordable. The Podil has emerged to become the city's restaurant district. Many more eateries can also be found at the Andrivivsky Descent. Vietnamese, Japanese, Irish, Georgian and Italian cuisine can also be found in different areas in the city. Don't forget to try kvas, a brewed bread drink, sold by the many street vendors in Kiev.
For traditional goods, the stalls in the Sunday market at Andrivivsky Descent offer a wide array of choices. Two of Ukraine's biggest shopping malls—Dream Town and Sky Mall—are also located in Kiev. For a feel of Kiev market shopping, the farmer markets at Besarabsky offer choices as diverse as farm produce, caviar and car parts.
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Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk region