Kyiv has many faces and many moods, always changing. Not all of them are pleasant, but all of them are unforgettable.
A few of my favorite moods of Kyiv:
St. Andrew’s Cathedral — Grand and imposing
Humbly devout in the shadow of St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Golden Gates — ancient
Khreschatik — Busy, busy!
Khreschatik at night — sparkly
Broken and abandoned
Feeling foreign and uneven. One door is a full level higher than the other.
Alice in Wonderland play area. Attempted — mystic wonderland. Achieved — creepy.
Friendship of Nations Arch in sunshine.
Friendship of Nations Arch at night — feeling bright
At the Arch — Participants of the Pereyaslav Coulcil in 1654
At the Arch, commemorating the Soviet Order of the Friendship of Peoples — Feeling friendly yet?
View from the Arch — sunset on the east bank
View from the Arch — nighttime, east bank
At the Holodomor Memorial, day — Such a beautiful place to mark such tragedy.
At the Holodomor Memorial, night — stunning
Twilight — light from the windows scattered through the city like stars in a sky of grey buildings.
Fog — heavy and cold.
Entrance to Lavra
Independence Monument — free
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The quiet of the park belies it’s past. It seems impossible that anything awful could ever happen here. But this is
Babi Yar. This is a place out of a nightmare, a site of mass murder, horror, and hate.
But on this day, it was peaceful and calm. People covered the steps of the monument in flowers — things of fragile, fleeting beauty — wishes and memories.
This is how we honor the departed. We remember. We pray to God it never happens to us or to our children. And for as long as we live, we keep moving
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