Journey to an outdoor museum and meeting a travbuddy.

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Interior of the Bessarabsky Market in Kiev.

It's 10 a.m. and I'm ready to go!  This morning I am going to meet Augustin - a travelbuddy friend of mine from Paris.  It will be nice to finally meet one of the people whose blogs / pictures / comments I've looked at and shared comments with.  Ana and Michal managed to wake up and take showers pretty early - so we're gonna go get a coffee.  We went to a sort of Starbucks copy - same style sign and products.  After a coffee we were ready to go! Off to check out the Bessarabsky market which I read about somewhere.  It is one of a number of "farmer's" markets where you can get great fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.  The market is nice, there are a lot of stands selling caviar, fresh-cut flowers and such.  We looked around for about 20 minutes, but there's not much to do if you're not actually going to buy something, just see the way everything is displayed and the people working and shopping there.

With Augustin on the terrace at the "Chata" café. Great to meet him!


I agreed to meet Augustin at 11, so we headed towards the Chata Cafe - a great place to meet in an easily accesible location.  We also met some other friends from Madrid and Warsaw and a Ukrainian friend - so when we were all together and Augustin arrived there were five nationalities sitting at the table. We had breakfast and a coffe and talked for a while.  It was nice to meet him.  We decided to try to meet for dinner in the evening, but unfortunately that didn't work out. 


After breakfast and saying goodbye to Augustin, we headed to the subway.  We are going to visit the outdoor museum of Ukrainian architecture - the "Ukrainian Museum of Folk Architecture and Everyday Life."  Lucky that we had a local with us, because getting there was quite an excursion - first a subway ride and then a bus ride.

  We finally arrived and it was worth the journey.  It's a great place to get a look at the architecture that is traditional in various parts of the country.  There are some amazing wooden crafted structures.  This museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the world and covers an area of over 150 ha.  We started at the entrance and made our way clockwise, working around the entire park looking at many windmills, homes, churches, barns, granaries, henhouses... It was particularly interesting to see the way they construct fences and walls by weaving branches between poles.  I also enjoyed seeing some beehives in the park.  The churches are actually functioning Orthodox places of worship and are very pretty inside.  The homes, in some cases, are funished on the inside and include traditional layouts, furnishings, stoves, tables, bedsteads, etc.
 


The setting, in the Dnieper Hills, on the edge of the Holosiyiv Forest near the village of Pyrohiv includes forests, valleys, ravines and ponds.  It is beautiful, especially at this time of year when the tree leaves are new and there are a lot of flowers in bloom.  We had a little rain during the visit, but fortunately it didn't come down too hard. 


After walking all over the park, we headed back to the entrance and to the bus stop (to take us to the metro station to take us back to town!) We got back to Kiev a little after 18hrs. and were hungry so we headed for an Italian place that Sergio (a friend who has spent a lot of time in Kiev) recommended.

Interesting, the way they weave fences.
It's called "Il Patio" and the pizza, pasta, salads, beer, ice cream and coffee that we tried were great!  We passed on typical Ukrainian - but, we've been doing that since we got here anyway and it was good for a change. 

Somehow it got a little late and we ended up not doing much of anything later in the evening.  I would have liked to go meet up with Augustin again, but wasn't feeling to great. Anyhow, we have a flight at 14hrs. tomorrow and before going to the airport I want to see a few more sights and maybe buy myself a souvenir of this trip.  Before turning in I tried out the jacuzzi in the apartment.  The perfect way to relax - after miles and miles of walking all day, it felt great and I slept great.

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Interior of the Bessarabsky Marke…
With Augustin on the terrace at th…
With Augustin on the terrace at t…
Interesting, the way they weave fe…
Interesting, the way they weave f…
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Heading to the bus that would tak…
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In the bus on the way to the outd…
Entrance to the museum.
Entrance to the museum.
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The things that look like baskets…
The small structures in the foregr…
The small structures in the foreg…
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