Why Ukraine is a Popular Destination and Cultural influence in Europe

Why Ukraine is a Popular Destination and Cultural influence in Europe


I have lived with a loved one in Ukraine Kyiv, traveled to lviv and experienced a unique heritage, culture, family values, opera, church and its magnificent structures, many i could list here.


Odessa on the east is Very Stayed yet with incredible history and places of interest,the dockyard of a once thriving  economy still exists and running, entertainment, nightlife and beaches all make it a worthwhile visit.

odessa ukraine gem city

Odessa, ukraine city

Opera house like no other with excellent performances for all to appreciate and enjoy,  Quintessential Eastern style gothic buildings and russian influences are only too real but impressive

The people are grounded, and once they know you are friendly, but i wouldn’t say generally outward happy or helpful, particularity in Kyiv, Lviv is more European with more English speaking locals and better attitude all round


My girlfriend a Ukrainian from Kyiv with a PHD in psychology, she also reflects this difference in social behavior


The political contenders were debatable at best giving a showman instead of a businessman previously, so a kind of trial and error scenario


There is a kind of aggression of Ukrainians by their Russian counterparts, perhaps at government and political levels, but you can see more Russians there than anywhere else in eastern Europe why?


Women, corruption, subversive control, prostitution, business, legitimate or otherwise


I admire the country, it’s tough and turbulent history, it has see some of the most atrocious wars [Germany] [Russia] with countless tolls of dead and suffering, going back in ancient times of the Czars and the church, monks and priests too have suffered in the hands of tyranny, monastery perceska larva, holds some of those.

This was a severe eye-opener to me as i was introduced time after time to the suffering the country has endured for hundreds of years.

Coming back to current time, what i have seen and witnessed with my very own eyes are….

KYIV 1:video


Foreign men arriving there by the droves for one night stands, weekends of sexual pleasures, Christmas time throngs of middle eastern and Arabic are wandering around squares and events with flowers and cheap leather jackets pursuing women randomly and being deflected like a flea market


My first visit to Ukraine was this apartment


Apartment Good: I Couldn’t fault it

 Standards are acceptable in hotels and restaurants though the menu may somes look like going to school dinner arrangement with many menu items being measured or weighed for value to price, the better more lavish restaurants are of course upmarket and reflect the prices


Living is relatively cheaper in comparison to what other countries pay for hotels and food here it is relatively good value for money, though you better be ready to tip 10% at just about every establishment you visit to sit or eat.


In my experience of Ukraine Kyiv, you get a very business-like approach to dining perhaps because of the language barrier, when confronted with a foreigner, many ukrainians don’t openly appear warm and approachable there is a Peculiar, yet certain seriousness on their faces, this unfortunately doesn’t always put them in good light


Having said that, in cases i have encountered with them, i managed to negotiate that aspect and in many instances see past the facial expressions, when this happened i assure you things can be better and you may see the other side of the person

Educational Institutes and Universities




Ukrainian men are averse to foreigners walking around hand in hand or seemingly happily with their women,i was told it was a insult to them and the women that are with these foreign men are cheap. so be safe if you travel at night, in not so popular SOCIAL places


I found myself researching the cities and histories in more debt, leading me to these best books [after many others] the scope of information and travel guide info was astonishing
My 3rd and following visits were much more enjoyable and less challenging, with time saving and excursion to sites like Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant


Lonely Planet Ukraine (Travel Guide)

Paperback – 13 July 2018

Lonely Planet (Authors), Marc Di Duca, Greg Bloom, Leonid Ragozin

4.5 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Ukraine is our most comprehensive guide to Ukraine, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.

Lonely Planet’s Ukraine is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip morning coffee in Lviv’s cosy cafes, hike the flower-filled upland pastures and wide, snaking valleys of the Carpathian Mountains, and take a guided tour of Chernobyl – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ukraine and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Ukraine:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience – covering history, people, music, arts, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
  • Covers Kyiv, Central Ukraine, Lviv & Western Ukraine, The Carpathians, Southern Ukraine, Crimea, Eastern Ukraine


Ukraine: Europe’s Best-Kept Secret:

An Insider’s Guide Paperback – 9 Dec. 2016


Best tourist tips to prepare you for a trip to Ukraine and provides insight into the culture and way of life. Having lived in Ukraine for almost 10 years, the author offers a concise, easy-to-read insider’s travel and living guide with practical advice for enhancing your stay.

  • Part I introduces you to many of the delights the country has to offer
  • Part II contains city guides for Lviv and Kyiv, with helpful information on tourist attractions, entertainment options, places to eat, unique Ukrainian experiences and family-friendly activities.

Those planning to stay longer,

  • Part III offers practical advice on medical facilities, best places to shop, local transportation, tips on meeting locals, getting to know the Ukrainian way of life and much more.


Summary                 ~~

I for one will revisit when the time is right and hopefully things has improved, it is a beautiful country and ultimate experience When you consider Ukraine is the Centerpiece of Eastern European countries, also deemed the Greenest in Europe and its splendid architectural values

KVIV 2: video