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Western Ukraine

Chernivtsi, Ukraine: University town and centre of cultures

Chernivtsi Central Square.

Chernivtsi Central Square.

The approach to the University. There is a tradition that students do not walk on the gravel except at the start of the year and on graduation.

The approach to the University. There is a tradition that students do not walk on the gravel except at the start of the year and on graduation.

With another public holiday weekend, I had the chance to explore some areas of Western Ukraine, which I hadn’t managed to see on my trip the previous month. I was especially keen to see Chernivtsi, another city in an area where there are so many cultural influences. I’d been in 1993, using a Baedeker guide from the 1930s, but this time I had more up to date information. Chernivtsi was an important city in the Habsburg Monarchy, and a university town from 1875. Continue reading

Chernivtsi practicalities

Chernivtsi Central Square by night

Chernivtsi Central Square by night

Chernivtsi Accommodation

I stayed at Allureinn on the central square. The main advantage is the location, and the room was comfortable and clean. The electrical system is unusual- there are some dials next to the bed on what looks like a radio, but actually you turn these to work the bed and table lights as well as the TV. Fine once you understand it! Staff are helpful, and there is always someone available who speaks English, though not all the receptionists do. Continue reading

Khotyn and Kamyanets practicalities

Chernivtsi bus station

Chernivtsi bus station

I went to Khotyn and Kamyanets on a day trip from Chernivtsi by public bus. I had an early start (at 07.50) and it was a long day, but I felt I had enough time for both places. I returned from Kamyanets on a bus which was due to leave at 17.30, actually left around 18.00, and which got me back to Chernivtsi around 19.20-19.30. Continue reading

Western Ukraine, May 2014

Rynok Square, Lviv

Rynok Square, Lviv

The Lviv opera house

The Lviv opera house

When I told friends and colleagues that I was planning a trip to Ukraine, they thought it sounded a bit crazy, as the media was full of reports of the conflict in the east. Actually the west of the country was calm and a long way from the unrest. I’d been lucky enough to see Crimea in August 2013, and had been planning the trip to the western part of the country, to make a comparison, long before the maidan demonstrations began. Continue reading