Please follow the link to read my guide to the city of Kyiv, “Eastern Europe’s Best Kept Secret”, in Travel Addict magazine.
The link will open a new page, from where you can click to read the pdf copy of the magazine.
A collection of photographs taken in the Arsenal’na district of Kyiv; of the Lavra cave monastery and its grounds, the Rodina Mat’ (Motherland) war memorial statue, and other important parts of the neighbourhood. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them.
One of my articles about Arsenal’na appears on the Been there blog – part of The Guardian newspaper’s travel section.
Kyiv, January 2010
If November is Ukraine’s most melancholy month, January is its toughest. With the lawyers I work for coming back from their winter breaks with all the enthusiasm of “dvoiki” schoolboys returning to class on the first day of term, and European investors waiting for the results of Ukraine’s presidential elections before calling upon the lawyers, I have all the time in the world to indulge in my hobbies. It is an opportunity to start the year creatively and productively, but the month goes to waste. Determined to develop my writing I search on Kyiv’s newsstands, in its online ‘papers and on the lips of its people for a story to turn into an article – and find that there is only one: the arrival of a bitterly cold spell of weather that puts paid to all but the most mundane activities.