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04/17/2006

Tips on Travel to Ukraine

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Author: Jan

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Among all of the Eastern European countries, the is one of the most interesting; presenting a unique blend of hospitable natives, breathtaking landscape and impressive architecture. Travel to is sure to provide an experience you won’t soon forget.

 

Like most European countries, the Ukraine does tend to experience winter temperatures that are significantly colder than many portions of the world, but the good news here is that the cold winter temperatures usually do not last nearly as long in the Ukraine as in other portions of Eastern Europe. When planning travel to , plan for winter temperatures that range between fifteen degrees to twenty-five degrees.

 

Unless you are a citizen of the or , you will need to obtain a visa in order to enter the . In cases of emergency, you may be able to obtain a temporary emergency visa that is good for 72 hours at a border post.

 

The official language of the is Ukranian; although about a dozen other languages tend to be spoken inside the borders of this country, including Russian. While you are in the , be sure to sample some of the fine food prepared throughout the country. The is famous for its Borshch; a soup dish that is made from beets and other assorted vegetables. Homemade bread and a dish known as varenyky are also quite popular throughout the . Varenyky are pockets of dough that are usually filled with potato and cheese, although they may also be stuffed with various types of fruit. If you’re in the mood for a light meal or a snack, be sure to pick up at least one varenyky while in the .

 

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The official currency of the is known as the hryvnia; which replaced an older currency in 1996. Before you embark on your travel to the , be sure to check out the most up to date currency values.

 

There is certainly much to see and do when you travel to . Kiev should be a must see on your itinerary. This ancient city, founded in the 5th century, is considered to be the mother city of the as well as . The Old Town boasts several historic landmarks that you shouldn’t miss seeing, including the 11th century St. Sophia Cathedral. This beautiful cathedral is the oldest standing church in the city of Kiev and is home to breathtaking frescoes and mosaics.

 

Your travel to should also include Odessa , located on the coast and serving as a popular holiday retreat spot. When you’re tired of splashing the Black Sea be sure to visit any one of the large number of museums that are scattered throughout Odessa . You may also enjoy wandering through the 19th century Opera & Ballet Theatre, where you can view Baroque architecture.

 

If you’re a history buff, you won’t want to leave Kamianets-Podilskyy out of your travel to travel plans. Once an ancient fortress city, this site is now the home to a veritable hive of architectural activity.

 

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