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Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, has seen more hardship over the past 100 years than any other city in Europe. Yet the city still stands proud on both sides of the banks of the river Dnipro.
For the past 45 days I’ve been studying Russian here. This film shows are some of the amazing people I’ve met and things I’ve seen over that period.
From hardworking normal citizens to great tourist attractions. From the sublime beaches along the river Dnipro to fantastic church art. These clips hopefully serves to give people and impression of what Kiev is truly like.
Kiev is paradise on earth during both summer and winter in terms of the open green spaces scattered all over the city. Towards the end of this film I go through some of the tragic history Kiev have suffered through and explain why this place deserves the title as Europe’s greatest city.
As I did in my last movie I encourage people to visit Kiev or Ukraine for a holiday and spend money in the economy. Since then I’ve had my parents visit and they absolutely loved the city. They thought it was safe, beautiful and an extremely interesting part of Europe to wander around and explore in.
For first time visitors I recommend the Hotel Ukraina on Kreschatyk street. It’s an old classic Soviet style hotel and used to be the most expensive hotel in Kiev during the days of the Soviet Union. The rooms are relatively modern and offer great value for money. The location of the hotel is also sublime.
As for time of year to visit Kiev, personally I love the winters when the city is covered in a thick layer of snow. If you can’t handle minus 20 Celsius though, Ukraine’s warmest months are June and July.
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