UKRAINE - 2000

A few of our favorite images and memories from our trip to Ukraine in July 2000. . .

Cherkasy, a few hours south of Kyiv, is situated on the broad River Dnipro. The large house on the left is newly built by the mayor of Cherkasy.

Nearby, on Glory Hill, the Motherland Monument, holding an eternal flame, honors those who lost their lives defending the city from Nazi invasion.

We visited Olha Rakhubovska, a teacher from School 17 who spent five weeks in Iowa, Cherkasy's sister state, learning computer office programs. Here Linda and Olha are enjoying themselves in Cherkasy's best restaurant, Staryy Misto (Old Town).

Olha with her principal and school computer teacher stand in front of their school, the largest in the city.

At the open market, we found a wonderful selection of honey and chose the delicate lypa (linden) honey. Sausage vendors are a mainstay of every food market.

We took an overnight train to Lviv, where we stayed at the Hotel George; it was constructed in 1900 by the architects who designed the Odesa opera.

The hotel is in the very center of the city and we enjoyed exploring city life. Park benches on the north end of the park appear to be reserved for the chess players.

"Take our photo," asked these young people. "Look on Internet and you'll see yourselves," we told them.

Lviv is a beautiful city, rich in art and music. At the opera theater, we saw a wonderful performance of Lilea, a ballet based on a work of Taras Shevchenko.

The highlight of our trip was a visit to relatives. Here is Aunt Stefka, my mother's sister, with her six children.

Ever since Stefka replaced her cow with a goat, there seems to be more fun on the farm.

In the lovely Karpaty area, these women are harvesting rye.

Making a choice at the craft market in Yaremche is not easy. It took me almost an hour to decide between two embroidered tablecloths from two different vendors. My final decision: buy them both!

Regional museums show the local folk arts. Hutsul ceramics are on display at the Lviv Museum of Ethnology and Handicrafts.

Another overnight train took us back to the center of the country, to Kyiv, situated on the Dnipro.

The biggest tourist attraction is the Percherska Lavra, or Monastery of the Caves. The entrance is under the Trinity Gate Church, built in 1106 and rebuilt in the early 18th century.

The Dormition Church, the Lavra's primary church, was established in 1073. It was destroyed in 1941 by retreating Soviets in WWII. After Independence the government decided to rebuild it and it's nearly complete. In order to get this great view, you need to climb up the Great Belltower.

The place to go for fine art and handicrafts in Kyiv is Andriivsky Uzviz, a long descending cobblestoned street.

At the top of the street is St. Andrew Church. Nearby, on Old Kyiv Hill, is the National Historical Museum of Ukraine with a fine collection of prehistoric artefacts.

At the bottom of Andriivsky Uzviz is the Podil district. We highly recommend the Hostynny Dviv restaurant, where we enjoyed an evening of great entertainment with the wonderful local cuisine.

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