Friday 3 August 2018
Approaching the outskirts of Kiev - where the rich folks
Statue on the hillside.
Local town to port.
Now that is rich!.......
...... as is this.
Kiev on the horizon.
Local rich folks checking us out..... fast........
This is what happened to the last cruise ship that didn't pass
Not sure - maybe a floating restaurant?
Where the plebs live - at least they have a local beach.
Approaching the Darnystkyi
Our first glimpse of the imposing Kiev skyline.
Still being checked out.
About to go under the Paton Bridge
- the 'Motherland Monument' is on the hill.
Panoramic view of Kiev.
A closer view of the Motherland
- 62m (203ft) tall.
Passing traffic as we approach our moorings.
Lots of pleasure cruise boats.........
.... and local graffiti.
to the Magdeburg Rights
. - the oldest monument in the city.
Soviet era River Passenger Terminal - our berth is just to the
right past the cruise boats.
St. Andrew's Church undergoing restoration.
The Motherland Monument dominates the skyline.
Our shore excursion - to the 'Monastery
of the Caves
Faded mural at the entrance......
... and the front entrance to the complex.
The Cathedral of the Dormition inside the grounds.
Looking back to the entrance.
Ruins of the city wall in the gazebo.
Standard icons inside.
... say what you like......they are rather photogenic
Riches to the right, poverty to the left - or some such pithy
Another arty shot.........
.... I just can't stop myself.
"Meet us by the black cross" said our guide.
Statue on the walk down to the caves.
Structure near the cave entrance.
About to board our coach - Archangel Michael statue - with the
Church of Mammon(?) behind.
The entrance to Saint
St Sophia's - yet another cathedral - but very photgenic.
The meaning of life???
in Sophia Square.
Michaels' Golden-Domed Monastery
Monument to Saint Olga and Saint Andrew, Saints Cyril and
Another view of St Michaels Cathedral.........
.... and the mural on the approach.
in Mykhailivska Square, Kiev - memorial to the
famine in 1932-33.
Government building as we walk towards St
' monument on St Andrew's Descent.
St. Andrew's Church on the Descent.
Looking down the cobbled street.
Old wooden house.
No, not Cary Grant - but writer Mikhail
Street mural called 'Revival
symbolising the new Ukraine.
'Coffe Bus Club' - there's a double-decker bus in there somewhere.
Monument to Petro
in Kontraktova Ploshad (Square
Former Greek Monastery with the clock tower - now a branch of the
Landward side of the Kiev River
- as we walk back to our ship.
Soviet era 'People's
Evening visit to 'Tsarskoe
' restaurant for our 'Ukrainian National Folklore
Inside the restaurant.
Pig statue outside the front door.
Leaving the restaurant for the coach journey back to the ship.