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What can you do in the Kiev region?

Written by Ian Bearder

Jerom Rozendaal discovers that it is not easy to take a holiday in the Kyiv region.

“As thousands of city dwellers flock to the Crimean black sea, or the Carpathian mountains during the traditional Maisky holidays, I find myself having a hard time figuring out where to spend three free days in or around Kiev.

Therefore,  I appeal to all readers of bluetoyellow to send me some suggestions for day trips and excursions in the Kiev region.

Previously, I spent my free days in one of the old bungalow resorts that remain from the Soviet times, like this one in Teteriv: http://bluetoyellow.com/2012/04/30/turbasa/. However besides shaslik (BBQ) and wonderful nature, these resorts offer little amusement.

The tourism infrastructure in the Kiev area is under-developed and this is a pity because the area has a lot to offer, like the Kiev Sea for instance.  In fact, some days ago I acquainted myself with the beauty of this reservoir north of Kiev, by driving around it.

The massive reservoir, which is clearly visible from space, was formed in 1960-1966 as a result of the Kyiv Hydroelectric Power Plant dam being built at Vyshhorod.

Today it is mainly used for hydroelectricity generation, industrial and public consumption, and irrigation.

My colleague Ian, also last summer by cycling there from Kiev. You can read about that trip here: http://bluetoyellow.com/2012/05/24/a-trip-to-vyshgorod-and-the-kyiv-sea/

Anyway, now that  I’ve seen the Kiev sea and the Teteriv resort, what can I do?  What can I find in the Kiev region?, where can I do during my days off?, and how can I entertain guests when they visit?

Please use the comments field below to share your ideas and help me discover the undiscovered.  If I go, I will take my camera and report back here.

Thanks

Jerom”

Below are the pictures from Jerom’s latest adventures:

     

About the author

Ian Bearder

Ian has been living in Kyiv on-and-off since 2009 and he launched Kyiv.Cool in 2014 to promote the lighter side of life in Ukraine's crazy capital. He doesn't just love Kyiv - he feels genuinely sorry for people who don't live here.
If he's not out on his bike, he's normally wandering in Podil or exploring some forgotten corner of the city.