Kyiv, Ukraine

Here’s my newest piece for Two Hundred Word Travel on my favorite day in Kyiv.

Two Hundred Word Travel

Climb out of the Universytet Metro stop, gazing at the architecture while you ride endless escalators. When you get out of the building, turn right and enter the small Botanical Garden; stroll down the hill and back up again among the greenery. Back at the top of the hill, you should be on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, almost directly opposite St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, which you’ll recognize by its yellow color and starry domes. Go inside for a moment of quiet.

From the cathedral, turn left and walk downhill; you’ll eventually run into Bessarabs’ka Ploshcha with the redbrick building towering over the big intersection of Kyiv’s main streets. Cross the street via the underground mall and pop out next to the building; walk around the left side of it to find the entrance to the Bessarabs’kyy Rynok, one of Kyiv’s hidden treasures. Inside, gather picnic fare from…

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