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