With a population around 2.8 million, it is the 8th largest city in Europe, and most people here consider Kyiv a part of Europe. Indeed, so does Rogers. When I arranged my international cell phone roaming package for this trip, I had to get two separate plans: one for Ukraine and one for Russia.
|I'm not an engineer but this new bridge appears over-designed to me, unless they are building an apartment tower over it!|
During WWII half of its population including most of the substantial Jewish population were killed. At one time there were over 250,000 Jews in the city, including many of my relatives, representing 44% of the population. Today there are less than 30,000.
|This is the ticket, which you cancel by inserting into a wall mounted punch in the bus or streetcar. In addition to the driver, there is a ticket agent on the bus. Again, fare is 15 cents.|
|The 2012 Euro-cup football event helped make Kiev a more international city with English signage in the subway and around the city.|
|While this is not the oldest streetcar I saw, it's not one of the newer ones either. Kiev is a bit like a streetcar museum!|
|The streetscape incorporating my hotel|
|The corridor outside my hotel room at 11 Mirrors Design Hotel|
|A very early morning or early evening (I can't remember!) view out of my hotel room|
|A fairly typical streetscape...there is extensive use of this warm yellow paint colour around the city.|
|I am most curious to see what it's like inside these blocks...|
|This somewhat run-down building with the modern billboard is somewhat representative of the contrasts one finds throughout the city.|
Those driving fancy big cars are paying $1.30 to $1.50 a liter. However, this week Russia raised the price of natural gas by 80% and fuel prices are also expected to increase.
While it is hard to ignore the political events evident in Independence Square and elsewhere in the city, addressed in my previous blogs, for those of you who like me had no real idea what the city looks like, here are more photographs taken over the past three days in the historical part of the city.
|The Ascent is a famous and popular street frequented by tourists.|
|I couldn't really tell if this was a new building, or renovation of an old building. Normally I'd say new, but there's so little new building in the city I'm not certain.|