WANDERLUST: MOLDOVA AND UKRAINE

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Moldova and Ukraine interest me. I read about Odessa in Ukraine many years ago, and always remember it being on the black sea and one city that I wanted to visit in my lifetime. But I also recently watched Chernobyl  on television but I do not think I want to see the town of Pripyat in the flesh.

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I would fly into Chisinau and explore this city for three days. Then take the train to Odessa, Ukraine

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There I would enjoy being on the coast. We would visit the shores of the Black Sea especially Arkadia Beach. I think we would be here for another three days and visit Shevchenko Park and Vorontsov’s Palace which offers superb views of the sparkling Black Sea.

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Then travel onto Kyiv, Ukraine by train again. I am quite happy to travel by train as I did this in Austria, Slovakia and Poland previously. I hope to visit St. Sophia’s Cathedral, the city’s oldest church, take a wander through Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the scene of the Orange Revolution, and spend time at Pecherska Lavra, a unique monastery complex with a system of underground caves. I could very easily travel to Ukraine as Ryanair fly there from Stansted. But I will wait and visit both Moldova and Ukraine, it would be shame to miss Moldova out. I am also on the fence whether to book independently or book a tour, time will tell.

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