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Alona Tiunina

Castle In Stare Selo, Ukraine

The village of Stare Selo, which by the way translates literally as “Old Village” is located 30 km away from Lviv. There, by the railway, sit the ancient remains of a once great castle. Nowadays, the castle in Stare Selo is a forgotten place that is very rarely visited by tourists, perhaps due to the inconvenient location.  The first fortification walls in Stare Selo were built in the 15th century to protect people from Tatar…

Berdychiv Castle

Berdychiv is a small city that is located 181km from Kyiv. The city itself does not have many historical sites to visit, except one, and a very important one. The centerpiece of this city is Berdychiv Castle, which nowadays is a Roman-Catholic church.  The castle walls started to appear back in the 16th century and its owner was the Tyshkevich family. However in the 17th century one of the family members – Ian Tyshkevich…

Fisherman’s House, Staryi Solotvyn, Ukraine

Staryi Solotvyn is a small village located around 170 km west of Kyiv. The village was first mentioned in the middle of the 16th century, and although the village has its own interesting history and a few things worth visiting, including Holy Cross church, very few people have even heard about this place until recently. The recent hype is due to an old fisherman’s house located on a small island in the middle of…

Hotel Review: Atlant (Uzhhorod, Ukraine)

Uzhhorod is one of the small but beautiful cities in Ukraine that is worth visiting. Uzhhorod is not only famous for its cherry blossom festival, but an ancient castle, great cathedrals, a beautiful synagogue and for many other things. Due to some local tourists, the city has quite a few hotels and hostels. During our visit we chose to stay in Hotel Atlant, so here is my honest review of this place.  Location During our…

Uzhhorod Cherry Blossom Festival

In the far west of Ukraine, on the border of Slovakia and just 25 kilometers from Hungary, lies Uzhhorod. Named for the Uzh river which runs through the heart of the old town, the city has quite the storied history. However other than sights for history buffs, the city has a very unique claim to fame…the Uzhhorod cherry blossom festival. If you plan on making the trip, check out my comprehensive guide to…

Where To Eat In Uzhhorod, Ukraine

Uzhhorod is one of the westernmost cities in Ukraine. It shares a border with Slovakia, and is just a 30 km drive to Hungary. In fact, for about 1000 years, this city was called Ungvar and was part of different iterations of Hungary. While not considered a food haven like Lviv, if you are looking for where to eat in Uzhhorod then this guide of some of my favorite places should help with your decision…

The Comprehensive Guide To Uzhhorod

Ukraine is an underrated tourist destination and there are many great locations that very few people know about. One of these locations is Uzhhorod, a city that is located in the west of Ukraine. Uzhhorod is actually an ancient city in Ukraine that has at one point or another been a part of the Kingdom of Hungary, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Ukraine. There is also a very unique tourist attraction…

Useful Phrases In Ukrainian For Tourists

Ukraine is quite a new tourist destination and it is becoming popular every year. Although some of the cities like Lviv and Odesa are used to foreigners, therefore people speak some English, many people in small cities do not speak English. So, I made a list of the most useful phrases in Ukrainian that would help you to travel through this country. English Ukrainian How To Read Hello (formal) / Good Day Добрий День [Dobrii Den’] Hi Привіт [Privit…

Coolest Buildings In Hong Kong

Hong Kong island is a city known for its skyline. It has the largest number of skyscrapers per square meter of space, and if you look at the island from directly across Victoria Harbour you’ll notice that they even build the skyscrapers going up the side of the mountain. There is no shortage of interesting buildings in Hong Kong, from the tallest, to the most unique. Here is a list of the coolest Hong…

Best International Food In Lviv, Ukraine

Although Lviv is known as a cultural capital of Ukraine, Lviv is also a food capital of Ukraine. Lviv is famous for its restaurants that serve traditional Ukrainian food, for its bars with fantastic craft beer, and for its cafes with great desserts and delicious coffee. All of these are enough for tourists to enjoy and fall in love with this city. But if you are an expat who lives in Lviv, you might also…