Tag Archives: Kyiv

Road sculpture

11 Oct

A great Socialist Realism style sculpture on the road between Kyiv and Lviv.
The road used to go right underneath the sculpture. Unfortunately, unscrupulous metal dealers have helped themselves to some of the back end of this sculpture.
I waited for a while to get a soviet era vehicle to pass beneath it.

St. Andrews

23 Aug


In honour of Ukrainian independence day, here’s a shot of St. Andrews church in Kyiv. The picture is taken from below on Andriyivskiy Descent – an ancient cobblestone street that is a must see when you come to this city.

Maidan a year later

8 Mar


It was a bit over a year ago that the brave citizens of Ukraine overthrew the corrupt Yanukovich regime. There is a war there now as Russian forces attempt to destabilize Ukraine. I was there last August and saw the Maidan and could not imagine what it was like for the protesters in the freezing cold nights with security forces attacking. This barricade on Institutska ,was one of the main battle points, where many a brave unarmed protester laid down their lives for an independent Ukraine. There was still an uneasy pall of dread that hung over this area even though it was half a year after the events and it was bright and sunny and 30 degrees Celsius.

The black piglet

21 Dec


Walking in downtown Kyiv, I spotted this “beer restaurant” called the Black Piglet.
The sign was right –  but the white (pink) piglet in front of the place confused me.
It was rather early in the day and the place was not opened. Otherwise I would have gone in … and ordered a tequila.

Kiyv Blues (redux)

17 Jul

So the sun is shining and I’m feeling a bit better.
Took a walk around the ancient parts of Kyiv.
The only blue was the sky and St. Andrew’s church (above)
and the bell tower at the St. Sophia Cathedral. (below)
It was a great day – except for the news from the east.

Kyiv Blues

16 Jul

So here I am in Kyiv and am sick as a dog.
Somewhere along the way I happened to catch a major case on Tonsillitis.
Hooray for holidays…
After visiting a medical clinic to get the diagnosis and the necessary medicine we had a few hours to tour the Maidan – where Ukraine’s people fought and died for their liberty and freedom.
Some of the barricades are still up. The main street is still tent city. There are shrines for the martyrs throughout the area.
It is an eerie place. This is where people stood for months in freezing weather demanding their right to be heard and their right to be free. It is a very humbling place for those of us who take freedom for granted.
As I was not at all well we left the city centre to a small village north-west of Kyiv. The air is fresh and clean there. It’s but 90 kilometers south oh Chornobil.