Top cities to visit in Ukraine

November 13, 2012

IT was a country that remained an enigma to the rest of the world.

It was largely undiscovered; a country many placed the word “the” in front of and a place dominated by outdated stereotypes.

But Ukraine has come of age.

Ukraine turned 21 in 2012 and finally appears to be shaking off the ghosts of the Soviet Union, this year also marked the country sharing hosting right with neighbors Poland for the Euro 2012 UEFA European Football Championship – the world’s third-largest sporting event.

The eyes of the sporting world turned toward Eastern Europe as the continent’s top 16 national teams battled in the four-week football festival. But it was away from the soccer pitch that Ukraine won hearts.

Largely overlooked and undiscovered by tourists, that looks set to change as the world is beguiled and charmed by this country set in the center of Europe.

Here are Ukraine’s top cities.

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Bridges carrying the burden of love across Europe

August 23, 2012

Padlocks of various shapes and colors on Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne.

IT’S a curious trend – the hanging of “love” locks on bridges.

The tradition started in Rome many years ago, when hundreds of romantic couples wrote their names and romantic wishes on padlocks, hung them on the Ponte Milivio Bridge, and threw the keys into Tiber River.

Since then people have hung all kinds of locks, from cheap with signatures etched in correction pen or a marker, to custom made locks with engraved messages on them, and attached them to these so-called “bridges of love”.

Whether it is an attempt to show the strength of your affection by declaring your love to the world, or simply to decorate the dull and gloomy architecture of bridges worldwide, but you can find these symbols of urban communal art in many European cities.

Dmitry Dmitriev of Booked.net looks at this phenomenon and offers a list of bridges carrying the largest amount of love-laced metal.

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Last-minute Euro 2012 hotel booking a lottery

June 21, 2012

ENGLAND’S progression to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 has led to an army of Lions fans desperately trying to get to Ukraine, but accommodation is a “lottery” Booked.net says.

Airlines are heavily booked and competition for accommodation among the 500,000 foreign fans expected in the Ukrainian capital Kiev is fierce.

England next plays Italy in the knock-out phase of the UEFA European Football Championship at Kiev’s Olympiysky Stadium on Sunday, June 24.

According to online reservation website http://www.booked.net/ there are rooms available in the city if fans act fast.

Booked.net chief communications officer Jared Morgan said a quick search of the site’s data bases revealed a handful of rooms were available in the city in the lead-up to Sunday’s quarter final.

“Admittedly, it’s a lottery, my guess is last minute fans are simply looking for a bed for the night,” he said. “So, if location isn’t an issue, then by all means take the gamble.”

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