Scott helped us buy tickets for a performance at the Kiev Opera House.
Ceiling of the Kiev Opera House.
Art Nouveau decoration on the opera house balcony.
The cast takes a bow after a beautiful performance of Tchaikovsky's "Iolanthe."
One of several busts of famous Ukrainians in a Kiev subway station: poet Ivan Frasnko.
Paula spells out the name "Pushkin" on another subway bust.
Lyuba walked us to the entry to Kiev University, where students were gathering for morning classes.
Nearby a red squirrel was hard at work--so much more colorful than our native gray squirrels.
We then walked to St. Vladimir's Church nearby.
Typical street scene.
The "Golden Gate," also known as the "Great Gate of Kiev." Much reconstructed, showing different stages of its existence.
The remains of the original gate inside the restore structure.
Vladimir the Wise, under whose reign the gate was built. A cheeky bird perches on his head.
Dome of St. Michael's, viewed from the top of the gate.
Street scene from the gate.
Old building scheduled for demolition near the gate.
View of the square below from atop the gate.
What you don't see in most travel photos: the ubiquitous green netting draped around restoration projects.
Kiev women tend to dress is spectacular fashion, in clothes that are colorful, imaginatively designed, and tight. Cosmo fits right in.
The ultimate in bad-taste t-shirts, on sale in the shopping complex under Independence Square.
The complex including the Church of St. Michael, a popular Kiev landmark. Michael is the patron saint of the city.
Just in front of the walls, the sobering memorial to the great famine created in Ukraine by Joseph Stalin. It killed over ten million people.
Domes of St. Michael's.
Church of St. Michael from inside the walls of the complex.
Dome of St. Michael's.
It's traditional for wedding parties to pose in front of major city sights--in this case St. Michael's.
The beautiful Dnieper River park stretches for miles along the waterfront. This is one city that has treated its waterfront right.
View across the Dnieper to a new bridge being built.
Two girls singing folk songs in harmony to bandura accompaniment in the shopping complex beneath the Maidan.
A McDonald's hommage in the food court underneath the Maidan.
The monument on Independence Square, commemorating the birth of modern Ukraine as an independent nation.
We were guests of Tamara Krasitskaya, president of a Chernobyl survivors organization, for a day-long tour of the wonderful Pirogovo outdoor folk architecture museum. It is a collection of houses, churches, and other buildings from all over the Ukrainian countryside.
A collection of windmills.
There are several small churches on the grounds.
One of the larger wooden churches.
A bandura player.
Paula joins in.
A zinnia, one of many flowers on the grounds.
Many of these spectacular butterflies were fluttering round the asters.
Workers repairing a thatched roof.
The inside corner of a thatched roof, showing how the last row of straw bundles retains its heads of grain.
Recently constructed replicas of typical Ukrainian beehives, with slots for the honeycomb to be built in.
A traditional beehive with the carved wooden honeycomb slot cover in place.
A round hut.
Some interiors are nicely furnished with historic trappings, including here a hanging cradle and a spinning wheel.
A traditional loom and spinning wheel.
Some of the windows were very interesting.
Geraniums in window
A woven wall.
Paula found a cat to pet.
In the Lavra Monastery complex we toured an interesting exhibit on early printed books.
The Church of Kievo-Pecherskaya in the Lavra monastic complex, always thronged with visitors; but especially busy on the Sunday we visited, with services being held inside.
Details from the facade of the Pechersk Church.
The Pechersk Church dome.
A monk vigorously rang this huge bell while worshippers placed their hands on it. There were many bells simultaneously ringing all around us.
A bridal pair in front of the church.
A sculpture depicting Cossack leader Bohdan Khmelnytsky, in the square in front of St. Sophia.
St. Sophia Church
St. Michael's Church.
The entrance to St. Michael's.
View of the bell tower from the ground.
Detail of the highest dome on the church.
View from the bell tower.
View of the carillon from the ground .
The carillon in the tower.
Details of the roof ornaments.
We watched a hot-air balloon float over the city from up in the bell tower.
Statue of St. Michael, patron of the city of Kiev.