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Buzzing street life of Kiev

Text: Veronika Sorokin Photos: Andreja Lukež, iStock

The city is full of parks, wonderful to stroll in even when covered by the snowy whiteness that gloriously adorns the "city of chestnuts" – as Kiev is sometimes known – in the winter months. Chestnut trees line almost every avenue in the city. They were planted in 1842 in preparation for the visit of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.

Kiev's main street is Khreshchatyk, a broad boulevard lined with shops, restaurants and department stores, as well as pleasant cafés that are ideal for a quick sit down. Another buzzing area is the popular Andriyivskyy Uzviz, a cobbled street that climbs steeply up the hill towards St Andrew's Church with its wonderful domes (designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli) and connects the lower part of the city with the upper. Fans of authentic handicrafts will find some real treasures here, from wooden spoons decorated with folk motifs, icons and painted Easter eggs to Ukrainian embroidery and amberware. On the way up the hill you will pass the house of the writer Mikhail Bulgakov. When walking downhill particular care is necessary in icy weather. 

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