Saturday, July 24, 2010

Kiev redux

This morning took a taxi to Andrews Descent, the oldest and bumpiest street in Kiev. Very glad I wore my tennis shoes instead of sandals. The merchants who line the street were just setting up. They sell souvenirs, art works, embroidery etc. This is a big hangout for the artistic set in Kiev, apparently.

Got slightly lost trying to find Independence Square, site of the Orange Revolution and many other events. Ended up taking the Metro for the first time--it costs just 1.7 hrvnias, and some stations are just as deep as those in Moscow. Since today is Saturday, it was not over crowded. It is a good, inexpensive way to get around, but you need to be able to read Cyrillic.

Also saw the Chimera House, a Jugendstil masterpiece just off Khreshatyk, the pleasant main street. Only saw the outside, as it seems to be a private residence or an embassy, based on the number of satellite dishes on the roof.


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