Kiev Ukraine ( Kyiv)
Kiev is the capital city in Ukraine and being the capital it has some amazing things to see and do. Kiev is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Ukraine is full of monuments park's cathedrals, castles and other places of interest, here is a few of them from Kiev. The city is the center of Eastern Orthodox Church where pilgrims from all over Ukraine and abroad come to offer up prayers in ancient Golden-domed cathedrals, churches and majestic monasteries. These unique monuments of high-spiritual aspirations, talent and consummate skills of people born at this land are rightfully claimed as masterpieces of ancient Rus and Ukrainian architecture. Today, Kiev is a modern city with over 2.5 million inhabitants, it is a melting pot of the old styles and habits, standing in stark contrast to the birth of democracy and its effects on society. The new Kiev can be seen in everything from the buildings to the shops and stores to the people themselves. Even Kiev's "downtown" is a dotted picture of new and emerging, modern buildings against the pale yellows, blues and grays of the older architecture mostly soviet style. With Ukrainian independence, new changes became evident.. The Western-style new and modern buildings, hip nightclubs, classy restaurants and prestigious hotels began to open in Kiev's new vibrant center. Music from Europe and the United States began to rise on the Ukrainian music charts. Now, most importantly, with the new open visa regime, Ukraine is positioning herself as a prime tourist attraction.
Be dazzled by glittering church domes, wide boulevards and glamorous nightlife. (Martin Moos/LPI)
Kiev can seem quite foreign to the western tourist, as all signage are in Cyrillic script. It is still largely a city where very few people know English,With the Euro 2012 and the internet more and more people are learning English. For the non-Russian or Ukrainian speaker, it's quite possible to get around easily, and it is a very interesting city to explore. It never hurts to speak English. Often, a shop assistant will ask customers who can speak English to act as translators.
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Potato House (Картопляна Хата) chain - not really mexican but ok food.
Places to stay
Weekend in Kyiv
First-time travelers to Eastern Europe often struggle where to go: Moscow or Kiev. While Moscow lures with Russias rich history, spy stories and gruesome geopolitics, Kiev seems to hold a silver medal earned in the post-Soviet competition for tourists.
While both capitals deserve a trip, there are three reasons why Kiev should come first on your agenda. Most Western tourists do not need a visa to Ukraine while Russian embassies abroad will grill you with questions before stamping your passport. Secondly, Kiev is three times cheaper than Moscow. And last, but not least, its eclectic mix of Soviet history and European vibe in people and architecture offers a soft introduction to Eastern Europe before you venture north to see Lenin's mausoleum.
Founded in 862, Kiev is renowned for its beautiful - sadly often crumbling - buildings and streets. In the center, the architecture ranges from neo-Baroque, turn-of-the-century mansions to sporadic Soviet-built boxes losing their tiles. Modern glass high rises occasionally demonstrate that Kiev reached the 21st Century, but luckily not often enough to forget that you are in the cradle of Slavic culture.
The capital is small enough to walk around the center, yet big enough to be interesting. Start off on Khreschatyk Street, the city's main artery, where pedestrian traffic replaces cars for the weekend. Elegant, neo-classical buildings lined by chestnut trees were rebuilt after World War II as they were completely destroyed by the retreating Red Army in 1941.
For breakfast, stop into Passage, an alley off the small, glitzy street, Khreschatyk, right before you hit Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square. The public space propelled Kiev to international fame during the peaceful Orange Revolution protests in the winter of 2004 amid the rigged presidential vote. At the far end of Passage, sit down for what is arguably the best cappuccino in Kiev in the elegant Wolkonsky café. Like in many Ukrainian upscale food venues, the menu is a concoction of European dishes. Order a traditional Ukrainian breakfast of syrniki, small pancakes made of curd cheese served with jam or sour cream. It makes the locals get up before noon for a perfect start of the weekend.
The center of Kiev being refurbished, includes buildings restored and redecorated, especially on Khreschatyk Kiev's main street as well as on Independence Square. Many historical areas in Kiev, such as Andryivskyi Uzviz, have become popular street vendor locations, where one can purchase traditional Ukrainian art, religious items, books, game sets (including marvelous chess sets) as well as jewelry like an outdoor market with a Ukraine twist.
Here is a link to what's going on in Kiev they have a calendar of events and news links. So you need an interpreter in Kiev how about one of the locals interested in conversational practice or one of the many English language clubs in Kiev here is a link to a few in Kiev. Kievpost
To get to Kiev from Borispol take the bus just outside the airport cost is 25 UAH to the train station. From there you can take the metro (subway) to any place in Kiev. Vokzalna station is only 3 stops from Kreschatyc on the red line.
Kiev water park
If you are afraid of swimming in the Dnipro River, a giant water park opens on July 15 in the Dream Town shopping mall in Kyiv.
Kiev shopping mall
Dream Town in Obolon – opened Oct. 22 at the head of the pack. The mall, developed by “Stolitsa” Corporation, offers the biggest area and greatest number of shopping venues and entertainment offerings under one roof.
After you’ve appraised the size and scale of Dream Town, the next thing to impress will be its design. The long three-level construction with tiled floors, high ceilings and wide passages is divided into blocks by five staircase-atrium's, each lusciously decorated after a certain place on the map.
If you enter from the Obolon side, you will find yourself in front of the Hollywood-style atrium. Even before you read the name “Hollywood” running across the construction in big letters, you can easily guess its theme as you look at a several meter tall dinosaur standing proudly on the ground floor. There is also King Kong hanging by the skyscraper-elevator shaft, Oscar statuettes standing here and there and numerous pictures of Hollywood stars. If you proceed along the mall, the next atrium you will come across is dedicated to Brazil. The pictures on its inner walls depict the nation’s legendary Carnival, while the rest of the place is a complete jungle. As you watch the giant boa constrictor and rope ladder spread between the sides of the atrium, you almost expect a Tarzan to jump at you from anywhere. Palm trees, exotic birds and a waterfall at the bottom completes the sensation.
Next in line is Chinese atrium painted in bright red, green and gold. Elevator tower is encompassed in a bamboo construction. At the bottom is an altar-fountain with a statue of Hotei – the Japanese god of luck. Other colorful decor elements are shapes of pagoda roofs, red lanterns, tall vases with Chinese ornaments, dragons, and big fans adorning the sides of the escalator.
Greek atrium has the classiest look of all with a marble staircase, pots with grapes growing from them, Ancient Greek black-figure paintings, Greek statues and bas reliefs. On the ground floor of the atrium, a Neptune statue stands in the middle of the beautiful fountain. The last atrium is themed after Paris. It’s plain to see from the Eiffel tower model on the ground floor and elevator shaft shaped as a Notre Dame de Paris. The famous Notre Dame gargoyles protrude from all sides of the atrium. Other parts of the staircase resemble beautiful Parisian gardens with classical statues and neatly trimmed small trees. Once you’ve reached “Paris,” you’ve seen all of Dream Town – or at least one of its floors.
Skate, roll and party
Apart from Veshchichka and few other shops, the third floor is most entirely dedicated to entertainment, recreation and dining – its ceiling is especially high, painted in blue and white to resemble the sky. There you’ll find a roller rink – a rollerblading ground (Hr 40-60 for grownups, Hr 35-50 for kids per hour); “Ice Dream” skating rink (Hr 30-50 for adults, Hr 20-30 for kids per 45 minute session) with a curious lighting system – colorful disco lights are combined with large pieces of shiny transparent fabric to create the Northern Lights effect; and separate ground for practicing curling (Hr 800-1, 000 per hour). The area next to it is designed in “wild west” style. It has a green platform for mini golf (Hr 30-50 for grownups, Hr 20-30 for kids per hour) – little hillocks and ponds on its surface create an illusion of a natural golf ground; “Ugly Coyote” (actually spelled “cayote”) shooting gallery and, of course, a saloon-bar called “At Baby Sue’s.” To allow you conveniently engage in any of the sports offered, there are several cloak rooms and changing rooms.
As for food and drinks at Dream Town, you have quite a few options. Above the rink, the “Ice Cafe” is located, its rails hung with “icicles.” Plus there are two bars with tables placed along the sides of Roller drome and the ice-skating rink. Fast food selection includes: Potato House with its separate sitting area, Shashlik Mashlik, Only Spoons (serving all kinds of soups), Yapona Khata, Pechena Kartoplya, Pizza di Favola and other places. For a more intimate dinner, go to Shakherezada restaurant, designed in rich oriental manner.
Vitamin chain bowling alley, Liniya Kino cinema and Novus supermarket promise to open up soon at Dream Town. Among additional services offered at the mall, there are several Express Manicure spots and a few mini-bars offering fresh juices. The most remarkable of the latter is Jumbo Shake serving smoothies of juices, fruit and yogurt, milk shakes, fresh juice cocktails and more – over 40 different drinks on the whole.
Beaches of Kiev
Only three of the city's public beaches, Dytyachy (Children's) in Hydropark, Chortoriy in Druzhby Narodiv Park and Veselka on Veselka Lake , received sanitary passports from city epidemiologists this month. On the other hand, it's quite an achievement compared to the last few years, when none of the beaches got any certification whatsoever.
The sanitary passport certifies that a beach is clean, disinfected and treated against ticks. It has drinking water fountains, showers, changing booths, garbage bins, first aid stations and toilets. A few more public beaches are still awaiting this certification, but so far it's just these three.
The Kiev City Administration, however, announced that a total of 12 beaches opened for fun and play on June 9 2010.
Apart from Dytyachy, Chortoriy and Veselka, these include Sonyachny on Sonyachne Lake, Pushcha-Vodytsya on the Horenka River, Verbny on Verbne Lake, Central Beach on Trukhaniv Island, Venetian and Molodizhny in Hydropark, Peredmistseva, Slobidka and Zoloty on Peredmistseva Slobidka Island, and the Telbin Lake.
Most of them, however, are still considered ,riverside recreation zones, which means if you want to go into the water, you do so at your own risk.
Finally, the risk is all yours if you step onto the banks of the remaining 50 lakes, canals and ponds, which have not been combed through by doctors or ecologists. Those include Holosiyivsky, Didorovsky, Sovsky and Myshelovsky ponds, ponds in Teremki-2 area and lakes Nyzhny Telbin, Vyrlytsya, Ponomarevske, Tyahlove, Bobrovnya, Hnylusha, Kruhle, Berizka (Hydropark), Petrivske and Blakytne, basins on Bazhana prospect and others.
Kiev free or public beaches
The beach that was the first to get its sanitary permit, Dytyachy is not just for children as its name suggests (exit Hydropark metro, turn right before the Venetian bridge). But it's so well-equipped that it's safe to bring children along. It has bio-toilets for Hr 2 per visit and a free public toilet, but those are quite repulsive in most cases. Beach beds and umbrellas are available for rent for Hr 15 and Hr 10 per day respectively.
The other healthy beach with a passport, Chortory is rather minimalist (exit Petrivka metro, bus across Moskovsky bridge, Druzhby Narodiv Park stop). It has only five changing booths, a public toilet and a small sports ground. However, there are also large roofed zoned to shade you from the sun, an aid station and a lifeguard base to keep you safe, and a few cafes to quench thirst.
The beach on the Telbin Lake has a lot of extra features (exit Livoberezhna metro, take marshrutka No. 559, Shumskoho str. stop). Apart from 10 changing booths, three bio-toilets and a children&'s playground, there are nets for playing volleyball, basketball and football as well as tennis tables. There are no modern chaise lounges, but old-fashioned wooden beds which cost Hr 20 per day for adults and free for children under seven. There are no umbrellas for rent, but there are many trees around to keep you from getting a sunburn.
Solnechny (Sunny) beach lingered in dirt and neglect for the past five years. Luckily, last month it was finally cleaned and supplied with a toilet and a sports ground. Now it also has eight changing booths, bio-toilets, and a children's playground. And for extra fun you may go for a boat ride (Hr 25 per hour) or a catamaran (Hr 30 per hour).
The main benefit of the beach on the Verbne Lake (15-minute walk from the Petrivka metro) is its exceptionally clean water courtesy of the six underground springs. A thick line of trees along the bank provides plenty of shade. The beach also has changing booths, two bio-toilets, a drinking water fountain, a children's playground and a sports area.
Pushcha-Voditsa is the only lakeside recreation zone in Kiev tucked away from the busy residential areas. Located on the site of a few health resorts, it boasts a rather clean beach and water. There are free beach beds (first-come, first-served) right under the trees and changing booths. You can also get a drink or a snack at the several nearby cafes and kiosks, or rent a boat or a catamaran for Hr 30-40 per hour.
Hydropark's Sun City is one of the oldest Kiev beach clubs offering a paid patch of sand by day and a disco by night. It's also located closer to Hydropark metro than any other paid beaches in the same area. On weekends admission is Hr 40, the rest of the week Hr 30. The price includes a beach bed and an umbrella.
When bored with swimming and sunbathing, you may go down the inflatable water slide (Hr 4 per slide) or ride a water scooter (Hr 200 for 10 minutes).
R&B Beach Cafe (Hydropark metro, Venetian beach zone) technically has free admission, but doesn't allow people with their own food or drink. So what you don't pay for with the ticket, you'd spend at least on some drinking water (about Hr 20 for a small bottle), a beach bed (Hr 25) and an umbrella (Hr 10).
Newly opened Kokos summer-club is also located in the Hydropark's Venetian beach area. The admission fee is roughly Hr 20, while a beach bed and an umbrella combination will cost you an extra Hr 30. The place is still under development, so a water slide, showers and changing booths have yet to arrive.
Olmeca Plage has replaced Opium and UAM Beach Club this summer (exit at Hydropark metro, cross Venetian beach on foot, then walk ahead). Entrance is Hr 50, which includes a beach bed, an umbrella, and a mattress. But for Hr 200, you'll be treated as a VIP guest with an additional towel and a swimming pool.
Perhaps the most luxurious riverside rest of all is offered at the new Trukhaniv complex, located on the bank of Matviyevsky bay (Trukhaniv island, on the left side of the Pedestrian bridge, 279-8029. It occupies a vast area and has plenty of amenities: a private beach, two large pools the biggest is 25 meters long, and a 30-meter-long water slide. It has everything for playing badminton, darts, table tennis, beach volleyball and mini-football. You can get it all for just Hr 100 per day. Mind the fact that the complex has conference and banquet halls, and a disco bar, so it's often closed for private events. Be sure to call first and ask if the beach and pools are open for guests.
Chervona Kalyna restaurant (exit Petrovka metro, bus across the Moskovsky bridge, Druzhby Narodiv park stop) admits visitors to its small beach for Hr 50 (beach bed is included). You can also rent tennis tables (ping pong)complete with rackets and balls for Hr 70.
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Here we will show and tell you how the locals travel around Kiev. Most of the locals take the bus or subway to get where they want to go. Most of the buses have a sign telling where they go and the price the problem is its in Russian. The subway called the metro is also a cheap way to get around the city but it is also in Russian. Knowing where you want to go is only half the issue getting there can be difficult unless you know a little about Kiev. The city is set up in districts and each subway line is color coded so all you need to know is where to exit. On this page you will find maps of the city and subway lines.
It seems signs are starting to appear in English in the metro, on a recent trip I seen a few in some of the transfer stations.
Here is a better explanation from Wikipedia
Ski KievKyiv is a hilly capital with few opportunities for skiing. The Protasiv Yar complex, some 10 minutes drive from the city center, will suit the needs of both amateur and advanced skiers, as well as snowboarders, right in the city.
Its crowded on weekends, so beware of clashes with beginners and long lines in front of the ski lifts. So with the slopes open until 10 p.m. and proper lighting, we advise to come here after work. You can always check the snow condition and number of people online, via the complex’s video camera.
There are two slopes, both 70 meters high: One is long but flat for beginners, and the other is steep but short for professionals. You can rent all the gear right there for Hr 80-90 for two hours.
A lesson with an instructor would cost Hr 130 per hour. For more adrenaline, climb inside a big rubber ball called zorb and enjoy tumbling down at your own risk.
23A Protasov Yar, marshrutka 495, 450 or trolleybus 40 from metro Respublikansky Stadion,
Horse riding in Kiev
If you are looking for a total getaway, Rancho Bolivar is your place. Located 35 kilometers from Kyiv, the sprawling complex offers a variety of outdoor activities including paintball, ping-pong, hiking trails and a swimming pool.
But the real draw is the horses. For Hr 150-200 an hour you can walk, or gallop, through the fields and forest surrounding the stables. Trainers are on hand if you want lessons, but you should book in advance.
It is also possible to book carriage (Hr 500 per hour) or winter sleigh rides (Hr 200 per 30 minutes). The décor in Bolivar’s bar and restaurant – dark wood paneling, white tablecloths and chandeliers – resembles an upscale hunting lodge.
You can dine here or choose a spot on the large wood and stone patio that surrounds and extends over a small lake.
The restaurant boasts an extensive menu, but for a simple lunch the borscht (Hr 30-60) is excellent and the vegetable salad (Hr 30) is very fresh. If you prefer something fancier, everything from shashlik and grilled sausage to blini with caviar and foie gras is available. If you would like to make a weekend of it, Bolivar’s hotel has rooms for Hr 400-600 per night.
The Dergachov Family Club is more rustic than Bolivar and, surrounded by acres and acres of green farmland, it is the best place for nature lovers.
A trail ride in the forest costs Hr 300 for one person plus a trainer and Hr 150 for each additional person. A lesson in the ring is Hr 170 per hour or you can purchase 10 lessons for Hr 1,500.
The club opened just last month and also offers a hotel and restaurant. For lunch or dinner, your best bet is the fish from a lake on the property. The carp – lightly fried and served on a wooden plank – is excellent for Hr 69. If you would rather cook your own, you can purchase a day pass and catch up to three kilos for Hr 150.
For fishermen or riders too tired to make the trek home, a 14-room hotel is located above the stables. Each room has a private bath, shower and air conditioning for Hr 300 per night.
The most basic of the three, and also the easiest to get to for Kyivans, Argamak is located on Trukhaniv Island in central Kyiv. You won’t find any fancy extras here – just horses.
A lesson with a trainer is Hr 200 per hour or you can pay Hr 800 a month for eight lessons. They require that you are trained before going on trail rides, so you must take lessons in their outdoor riding ring first. Be sure to call in advance if you want to book a lesson.
There is no restaurant on the premises but a slew of cafes and kiosks are steps away on Trukhaniv’s beach area where you can relax and take a dip in the Dnipro after a hard ride.
To get there: Take the #303 shuttle bus from Lybidsky Metro station to Vasylkiv (the last stop). From here, take a 10-minute cab ride to Bolivar or catch the #1 bus to Kalinka and get off at Petrivka. Bolivar is a one-kilometer walk from the bus stop. Ask the driver to let you know where to get off.
Dergachov Family Club
To get there: Driving is the easiest way, but if you need to take public transport, catch #313 marshrutka from the Vydubychi metro station headed to village Ukrainka. In Ukrainka your best bet is to hire a taxi for the 10 minute ride to the stables.
To get there: From Poshtova Metro Station, walk over the footbridge and past the entrance to the beach. You will see some small cafes on your right and just after, a narrow dirt road leading into the forest. Follow this for a few minutes and the stable will be on your left.