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Let’s sum up the year and look at the posts in our blog about Ukraine that became the most popular in 2015.

1. Odessa – the view from above. Odessa, one of the most famous Ukrainian cities, is known as the “Pearl of the South”.

Odessa - the view from above

Top 10 posts about Ukraine in 2015

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October 2-4, 2015, in Kyiv, on the territory of the State Museum of Aviation (Medovaya Street, 1), there was an exhibition of vintage cars “Old Car Fest”.

The exhibition featured vintage cars from different countries. Let’s look at some vehicles produced by the Soviet automotive industry. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

ZIM (GAZ-12).

Old Car Fest 2015 in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

vintage cars from the USSR

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The center of Ivano-Frankivsk is rich in various, differently decorated, cafes and restaurants. Some are decorated in the traditional rustic style, some even in the military or nationalistic style.

Usually, they have a lot of antiques, which makes them similar to restaurants in other cities in Eastern Europe. Let’s go to a restaurant called “Svitlytsya Muliarova” located at Chornovola Street, 5. Photos by: deletant.

The restaurant is decorated in the style of the late 19th – early 20th century. You are met by a wooden hanging rack at the entrance.

Svitlytsya Muliarova restaurant, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, photo 1

a very cozy place

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Sep/15

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“Color Run 2015” in Kyiv

August 30, 2015, the so-called “Color Run” was held in Kyiv, for the second time in Ukraine. This unique festival of running and paints was organized by “KM Running club” together with the charitable foundation “SportforPeace.”

More than 700 participants came to run a distance of 3 or 6 km. The entire route was painted in bright Holly colors brought from India, specially for the festival. It was actually a very colorful event!

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This wonderful landscape park was founded in the village of Buky in 1996. The village is located in Skvirsky district of the Kyiv region, approximately 110 km from Kyiv.

It all started when a local entrepreneur Ivan Suslov bought 2.7 hectares of land which was used as a dump. It cost him only 20 thousand USD. He was able to turn this land into a beautiful landscape park. It attracts thousands of tourists who come here to admire the beautiful countryside. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

The landscape park in Buky, Kyiv region, Ukraine, photo 1

visit the park

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In a quiet backwater of the Desna River, near the village of Rozhny in the Kyiv region, you can find an unexpected thing – a real river tram.

According to local residents, the owner of the “river tram” is a former chief of waterways. One day, he decided to build a floating dacha and bought a couple of pontoons.

Abandoned river tram, the Desna River, Kyiv region, Ukraine, photo 1

unusual floating dacha

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Not far from Kyiv, in the middle of the lake, on a small island in the thickets of trees, you can find a small wooden house. This artificial island was created in the 1970s, and was called “Love Island.”

The house was built later, around 1985, and was called “The House of Hunting and Fishing.” It was used as a place to exhibit hunting trophies. Today, the house is abandoned and the island is popular with local fishermen. Photos by: Richard Zorge.

Fairy-tale house in the middle of the lake near Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

dreamlike place

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Jul/15

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Children’s Railway in Kyiv

Syretsky park was laid out as a park with a children’s railway. Small South Western Railway (Kyiv Children’s Railway) is a narrow-gauge railway, and an institution of non-formal education in Kyiv, where children are trained in the rail industry.

The length of the railroad is 2.8 km. The trains (Tu-7 and an old German Gr-336) run between two stations: “Vyshen’ka” (“Cherry Tree”) and “Yablun’ka” (“Apple Tree”). You can find this park on Shamryl Street, 4. The nearest metro stations: “Dorohozhychi”, “Beresteiska”, “Shulyavska”.

Children's Railway in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

great place for kids

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“Kievan Rus Park” is a center of culture and history, located to the south of Kiev, which recreates the science-based architectural image of ancient Kiev and the atmosphere of ancient Russia of the 5th-13th centuries.

It is a great place for historical reenactments.

Historical and Cultural Kievan Rus Park, Ukraine, photo 1

living history

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May 23, Odessa held “The Marsh in Vyshyvankas” (Ukrainian traditional embroidered shirts). About 500 people dressed in national costumes marched through the central streets of the city.

This event is held in the city for the sixth time. Let’s look at some of the participants. Photos by: Alexander Gimanov, from dumskaya.net.

Marsh in national costumes, Odessa, Ukraine, photo 1

very colorful event

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