Chernobyl | The Russian Woodpecker

As we made our way out of Pripyat the day was drawing to a close. The light was fading gradually and our snow clad surroundings were drenched in the cold blue of the evening light. We walked towards the edge of town where the buildings were less numerous and the snow fell heavily upon us,…

Chernobyl | Pripyat Town

The large sign for Pripyat town stands bold and alone at the side of a long empty road. Its modern design juxtaposes against the surrounding area, full of trees and nothing more. The thick blanket of snow that covered the land while we were there only added to the solitude of the place. The sign…

Kiev | St. Sophia’s Cathedral

Our first experience of St. Sophia’s was after dark, we decided to climb the bell tower to get a view over the city at night. A UNESCO World Heritage site, St Sophia’s is mostly hidden by the bell tower and its surrounding walls. The domes, a mix of green and gold, did protrude above the…

Kiev | Christmas Markets & City Wandering

During our time in Kiev we spent several evenings walking around the city enjoying the ambiance of the place. The time of year meant the streets were illuminated with Christmas lights and there was a jovial atmosphere all around. As we made our way through the streets, people were milling around and chatting happily, and…

Kiev | St Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery

Crossing the busy road, we approached St. Michael’s Monastery over a large open paved area. The walls enclosing the monastery wore religious images painted in bright pastel colours. To get to the main building we had to walk through the gated entrance of the bell tower. Painted a fantastic shade of blue with several gleaming…

Kiev | National History & St. Andrew’s Descent

Waking up leisurely and enjoying that ‘nothing to do because we are on holiday’ feeling meant we had a slower start to the day. However it wasn’t long before we were out of the apartment, ready to explore Kiev. Just a 10 minute walk from our apartment was the National History Museum, so we decided…

Kiev | A Snowy Arrival!

It was an uneventful 3 hour plane journey across Europe but, being the kind of people that much prefer the cold, we were more than ready to get off the oven that we had been flying in. Even better, we had spied a very white landscape as we landed – Ukraine had had plenty of…