So it’s St. Valentine’s Day once again – a day when we’re officially encouraged to show some love. I don’t know whether it’s a coincidence, but today I feel like posting this collection of photos. The idea behind the images is to show you the beauty of Ukraine, and perhaps they’d light a flame of … well, not love, of course, but at least some interest and curiosity in your heart.
My homeland has been struggling politically and economically for as long as I remember, but it doesn’t cancel the fact that it’s an incredibly beautiful country. I tried to cover different aspects of its “personality when choosing these pictures, and if this collection can be considered a manifestation of my love to Ukraine, let it be.
- Kherson, my home town, wouldn’t have been half as lovely without its large shady parks. It’s especially obvious in autumn, when beautiful gold becomes a predominant color.
2. The House with Chimeras in Kiev is one of the strangest yet most charming Art Nouveau buildings I’ve ever seen.
3. I love the serenity of the serenity of Sofiivka dendrological park in Uman. The place was founded by a Polish count Stanislav Potosci and given to his Greek wife Sofia as a birthday gift. Speaking of showing some love, heh? 🙂
4. St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev. According to the legend, it’s built on the very slope where St. Andrew erected a cross and predicted the area around it to become a glorious city. Numerous churches were built and destroyed at this place over the centuries until this magnificent Baroque structure was constructed to a design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli – the same Italian architect who designed the Winter Palace in Saint-Petersburg.
5. Pirogovo open-air museum is the right place for a journey down history lane.
6. Kiev is famous for the golden domes of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (the Monastery of the Caves).
7. Back in 15th century Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle used to be an important fortification complex, and today it’s one of the most recognized attractions of the region. Isn’t it postcard-perfect?
8. Lviv is my “long distance love” – I’ve never been to this city, but I have a strange feeling that we would immediately click 🙂
9. Judging from its inhabitants, Lviv is charming indeed 🙂
10. Charismatic and extraordinary Odessa is often called “a pearl near the sea”.
11. The Carpathian mountains can be easily described as one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
12. Vast areas of pine forests never fail to take my breath away.
13. The south of Ukraine is blessed with breathtaking seascapes.
14. The Khotyn Fortress is another evidence of the Ukraine’s eventful past.
15. Ukrainian traditional clothes vary from region to region, but the costume always includes vyshyvanka – a stylish embroidered shirt.
16. He he, I’ve been struggling to find an aesthetic picture of borsch – an iconic dish of the Ukrainian cuisine. A plateful of bright red liquid… Is my attempt successful enough? 🙂 But forget the looks, I promise it’s really tasty!
17. Ukrainian like to grow their own food. Even city dwellers often spend their weekends and holidays on a plot of land in the nearby village, digging, planting, watering, harvesting… Not only it’s economically beneficial, but also incredibly satisfying – gardening and farming is in our blood 🙂
18. And of course, one can’t imagine Ukraine without endless fields of sunflowers…
19. … or poppies….
20. … or wheat 🙂