Tuesday, August 24 — Kyiv
Wind Rose Airlines flight 7W 748, Podgorica to Kyiv. Took a taxi from the airport and drive downtown through Independence Day traffic. Checked into room 616 of the Khreschatyk City Center Hotel. Dinner at Georgia Georgian restaurant. (So good.) Walked around town and enjoyed the Independence Day Celebrations including the televised concert, partially in the rain. What energy!
Wednesday, August 25 — Kyiv
Breakfast at Georgia, again!
Lonley Planet walking Tour including: Khreshchatyk Stret, Maydan Nezalezhnosti, Independence Column, House of Chimeras, Weeping Widow House, neo-Gothic mansion, Chocolate House, Verkhovna Rada (Parliament Building), Devil’s Bridge, Park, Friendship of Nations Monument, Old town, St Sophia’s Cathedral
Dinner at Korchma Taras Bulba
Walked to Podil Поділ and take the Kyiv Metro back from Podil station to Maidan Nezalezhnosti. We learn how deep the subway is when we take the longest escalator of our lives.
Thursday, August 26 — Kyiv
Breakfast/lunch at Urban space 500, Farmer’s market, Riding a train in Kyiv Metro to Arsenalna station, which I later learn is the deepest subway station. We walked Park of Eternal Glory to Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra, where a mass service of some sort is going on. It is a very regilious experience with a score of singers doing hymns in perfect arpeggio on both sides of the room. We also climbed the bell tower. Very cool, even for a guy that is note remotely religious.
Dinner at Kanapa
Firday, August 27 — Chernobyl / Kyiv
Chornobyl tour, with lunch in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Dinner at Pervak; walk around the area and have desert at the Veronica
Saturday, August 28 — Odessa
Very good breakfast/lunch at Mama Gochi
Walk around town; St Andrew’s Cathedral; walk through park; art on sale, gilr playing piano under the finicular
Ukrainian Railways train 637 @ 4:30pm to Odessa, Wagon 8, Seat 43, 44, first class
КИЇВ-ПАСАЖИРСЬКИЙ -> ОДЕСА-ГОЛОВНА
Sunday, August 29 — Odessa
Walk around; Lunch at Gogol Mogol; Dinner at Kumanets
Monday, August 30 — Odessa
Chilling; Dinner at Maman; Walk around; boho bar
Tuesday, August 31 — Odessa
Breakfast; Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral; Museum of the History of Jews in Odessa; Black Sea; Dinner at Maman; Drink at Boho bar
Sunday, September 1 — Tiraspol
Breakfast at hotel, driver meets us at noon and we head off towards Transnistria, officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, which is an unrecognized breakaway state located in the narrow strip of land between the river Dniester and the Moldovan–Ukrainian border that is internationally recognized as part of Moldova.