I visited Ukraine in May of 2017, mainly to visit vodka and brandy producers for several global wines and spirits magazines. However, like anywhere I travel, I get a chance to explore, mainly with my camera. So here are images of Ukraine, covering an amazing diversity of an amazingly diverse country.
Ukrainian money is pretty cool and colorful, and it's rather inexpensive to visit. The exchange rate for the US dollar is about 26 to 1. What does that mean? I had a Heineken for 75 cents. Full dinners about $15.
There are churches and chapels everywhere. I popped inside this one to get a feel for it, while the carnival happened across the street. Click this link for a 20 second video from inside! https://www.facebook.com/michael.cervin.1/videos/1418833068177610/
The M1 Club Hotel located on the Black Sea. Good place to stay.
Locally made brandy from the Shustov Distillery. Brandy in Odessa started in 1863 and the Ukrainians are pretty happy with it, consuming about 50,000 cases of brandy each year.
Street corner in Odessa
SECOND STOP: ZAPORIZHIA
At the Khortysta Distillery where they make a lot of Vodka (about 500,000 bottles/day) including a pepper honey version. Here, the workers peel the peppers wearing gloves as the oils can burn your skin and eyes.
At the Zaporizhian Sich Complex, which shows the life of the Cossacks back in the 1500s. The all-wood church (above) and the Warrior Show, featuring stunts the warriors did - in this case picking up a sword at full gallop.
Lots of food, lots of pork, sausage, borscht & potatoes.
Kiev (pronounced 'keev') is home to almost 4 million people, and is a vibrant city with a host of cultural and historical things to see and do. At one of the downtown squares this walkway guides everyone through a colorful and fun visual of the area.
|There are a lot of stray cats and dogs in Ukraine. And like most, this little guy just wanted some attention...and food.|
|Odessa Brandy and Khortytsa Vodka are both available in the U.S.|