How to spend a perfect weekend in Kyiv, Ukraine – for Lonely Planet

From ‘Bessarabka’, walk up one of the steep vulytsi (streets) that lead to the highest part of the city, and choose a cafe for brunch near the 11th Century Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gates). Eat some varenyki – Ukrainian dumplings that are made with both sweet and savoury fillings. Near to Zoloti Vorota is the gorgeous St. Sophia’s cathedral. Climb to the top of the bell tower for a first panoramic view of Kiev: the exquisite and colourful buildings of Sofiyska Square and St. Michael’s monastery below, and on the horizon, the districts of the left bank of the River Dnieper. … More How to spend a perfect weekend in Kyiv, Ukraine – for Lonely Planet

Blue Sky Thinking: A Chat with an Aviation Legend

In July 2011 I was asked by Ukraine International Airlines to organise an interview with Fred Finn, the world’s most travelled man, for their in-flight magazine Panorama. Over 52 years of travelling Mr. Finn has flown more than 24 million kilometres, to 139 countries, and took more flights on Concorde than anyone else.

Our interview “Blue Sky Thinking: A Chat with an Aviation Legend” features some exciting locations, famous people, exotic stories and good advice, and can be found in the November 2011 edition of Panorama.
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Photo set: Kyiv’s Arsenal’na district

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 … More Photo set: Kyiv’s Arsenal’na district