Hi! As the Indian summer came to Ukraine, we want to share with you some shiny and warm pictures from Instagram. We have collected them for this week using tag #Odessa. So today you have the opportunity to see an autumn sea, beautiful sunsets and Odessa architecture. Feel the spirit of Odessa! Enjoy.
Every city has its own monuments: funny, historical, unusual. Kiev it’s not an exeption. It is highly probable that while walking around town you happen to come across a piece of art. Dobovo.com team present you a list of the best and the most interesting monuments of the capital.
Panteleimon the Cat (2009)
The bronze monument was erected in a memory of the Persian cat named Panteleimon. It is located opposite the restaurant “Pantagruel”, where this cat was living. The monument was erected in a sign of love to him by a restaurant workers. This cat is polished by tourists and visitors like any other bronze sculpture.
The Monument to Woman’s beauty (2010)
The opening of this monument was dedicated to All-Ukrainian Day of lingerie. The sculpture consists of a globe where the lands are represented by coloured woman’s linen items. The author states that the monument is an ode to female beauty, which can conquer the globe. Its weight is about 300 kg.
This monument had been opened In the heart of the capital, at the Independence Square to St. Valentine’s Day in 2009. “Electric couple” sits on a bench. The bench is supposed to be a meeting place of lovers.
The hero of one of the most famous Soviet cartoon. He is sitting on a tree stump and looks into the distance, at the horse. The Hedgehog sculpture was carved out of pine and its needles were made from screws. The sculpture is located on 2 Reitarskaya Street.
Forks cat (2009)
At the metro station “Golden Gate” white cat is hiding on a tree. But you won’t find it in nature. It’s large cat was made from disposable forks. He seemed to be watching at passing by people hurrying somewhere.
Sculptures of Peizazhnaya Alley (2009)
Landscape alley is a place where we can remember childhood. There are a lot of fantasy sculptures in bright colors. You can find there fantasy cats, zebras, fun benches, fairy tale characters of Lewis Carroll – even the little prince visited the Alley. So don’t miss this opportunity.
Frog sculpture (2010)
The frog is located in Khreshchatyi park. There were taking place regular discos called “Zhaba” (ukrainean word for frog) IN TIMES OF USSR. The author loved it and made such a present for the capital. The frog weight is about 6 tons.
Pear fountain (2012)
This fountain is located at “Pozniyaki” metro station, in the park. There is a coloured lighting causing culinary association with pear in cream, wine and caramel. It is one of the youngest city fountains.
Grandma classical monument (2011)
This is how an average ukrainian granny LOOKED like in the past century, DUE to the author. You can sit DOWN with granny IN Shevchenko park and watch either after grandchildren or collect the rumors.
Monument to the Unburned match (2009)
“The Artema Street is very gassy. With this work I want to pay attention to the protection of plants in the city, “- says the author of this sculpture V. Belokon’S Sculpture is 4 meters HEIGHT and weighing about 160 kg. There IS a green leaf on the sculpture. The shape of the leaf WAS borrowed BY SCULPTOR from the Ginkgo tree-beloba, which is known as a survivor among the plants. (37/41 Artema Street)
We want to tell you about the big construction, which rises near Palats Sportu subway station, which had been already seen by many residents and visitors of the capital. This giant building is a multifunctional complex “Gulliver”. It is located in the heart of Kiev, in its historical and business part.
It was the usual shopping center in 2003, then they added a “candle”. The price of rent in the business center was big and future residential building remade into an office building in 2000-mids. After the financial crisis the top of shopping complex was extended with a second six-storey office tower . Construction was carried out almost 10 years and now, finally in the second half of 2013 there will be the long-awaited opening (planning at the end of September). By the way Gulliver is on the first place in the list of the highest buildings in Kiev, followed by its neighbor – Parus.
The complex consists of two units: the 35 – storey business center and 8 – storey entertainment complex. There will be 130 shops, an underground supermarket, an entertaining center, a variety of restaurants, a children’s play area, ample parking, a fitness club with a swimming pool on the roof, and much more. Also there will be a cinema, bowling and SPA- center. One more fact in numbers to your attention: the height of the bilding is 161 meters. So it justifies its name. Really great views will be seen from the top.
This mall will become a favorite place for recreation, shopping, business and romantic, chit-chatting over a cup of coffee for many residents and guests of the capital. The complex has all the necessary infrastructure to implement it.
The decorative lighting will become the hallmark of Gulliver. It was made by the company that is known for making light for the Champs -Elysees and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We believe that the building will decorate view of the evening Kiev. It’s really nice (the dobovo team admires lightning almost every evening).
“Palats Sportu” subway station, Sport Sq. ,1. – there you can feel yourself as a lilliputian.
One of the best ways of exploring the city is to visit its viewpoints. Thats why we would like to present you the list of the best viewpoints of Kiev. Kiev is famous for its architecture and attractions, but also for a lot of places with spectacular view on the capital.
The monumental 62-meter sculpture (102 meters with a pedestal) of Motherland in Kiev Caves located on the hills overlooking the Dnieper, and being seen even from distant points of Kiev. By present time, there are such guided tours: 1. A special lift takes you up to the observation deck – at the height of 37 meters (at the foot of the monument) and 92 meters (top panel). 2. All visitors can Climb to the top of the shield, if they are at least 18 years old. From the shield you can see great views of the Dnipro river, Kiev Pechersk Lavra and the left bank of Kiev.
You also can climb the mountain from St. Andrew’s Descent, rising a hundred steps (if not more). Therefore, this option is ideal for people with a good physical preparation. You will see the area with the “gingerbread houses”, Andrew’s descent and the river Dnieper From the top of the mountain.
The Tsar’s observation
This obswrvation deck is situated on the territory of the Mariinsky Park, near the Verkhovna Rada and the Mariinsky Palace. It was erected by the Empress Maria in 1874. It faces the left bank of the Dnieper and the slopes. For your perfect memory and emotions it has On-site working binoculars.
Park is located at St. Michael’s Mount, it was founded in the early XIX century. Monument to Prince Volodymyr the Great was one of the trademarks of the city. The park has several viewing platforms. One directly at the monument to Vladimir the Great, the second a little higher in the arbor. On the grounds with views of the Dnipro Trukhaniv Island, Postal Square, embankment of the Dnieper.
People’s Friendship Arch
Opened in 1982, this observation deck remains the most popular place to visit. In addition to the luxurious views of Podil and the Dnieper.
Park of Eternal Glory
On the upper and middle “naddneprovskih” terraces between the street and the Lavra Dnieper descent is situated the Park of Eternal Glory, whose history dates back to 1894. The site is neat and tidy, with a wide viewing angle. It offers views of the Dnipro River, Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Podol, Obolon and part of the left bank. As an observation deck under the Arch of Friendship of Peoples, this place is very popular among honeymooners or just married.
From the observation deck at the National Botanical Garden of. Grishko you can spot a great view of the Dnieper River, part of the left bank, the Paton Bridge. Especially this place is popular in spring, during the flowering lilacs and magnolias here – secret symbols of Kiev.
Residential Complex Alexander
The observation deck on the roof of a 25-storey complex “Alexander” (4 Chervonozorianyi Avenue). It was opened in 2009 and had a great popularity through many citizens. All visitors get the binoculars, so they could better explore Kiev. With a height of almost 100 meters you will see an incredible panorama.
Bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Sophia
St. Sophia’s Cathedral is located In the very center, at Sophia Square. It was built in the XI century, during the reign of Prince Vladimir. This is one of the oldest temples of Kievan Rus’, survived to the present day. The main tower of the St. Sophia Cathedral is open for tours of visitors – a 42-meter bell tower is the best place where you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of central Kiev.
It appeared that we have never told you about our wonderful office Dobovo.com, our magical Dobovo headquaters, which is located right in the city center, on Baseina Street. That is why we have made some photos of those thing, we love the most about this place, where we spend nearly every day.
First of all, we have a glass wall and a poster on it, where our content manager shows the world, how does he see Dobovo from inside. There are three main parts: Client, owner and dobovo.com + several necessary thing, which should be known by each manager to make all three parts happy and satisfied.
We also have some nice pictures on the wall. For the most annoying clients there was invented a sophisticated torture. On of the pictures is being hanged a little bit askew and bothers the feeling of perfection of this client.
The most surprising rule in our office is connected with the location of our chairs, they are always straightly located in a white-black-white-black order.
It is not so easy to enter to the head manager’s office – an entrance plate will warn you, but if you have tea and cookies feel free to be a guest
Our office is cozy, light and nice. We love this place, where it is so pleasant to drink coffee each morning, watching people and cars in rush, water the flowers and watch incredible sunsets each evening. You can also work here, if you’d like.
And last, but not the list: we have some sweeties here, and everyone can take one, two or twenty seven with him
To get the right impression of Ukraine as a whole one should necessarily visit the Transcarpathia beside other regions. The cultural peculiarities formed under the impact of the neighboring countries, the local inhabitants and their customs, and of course the magnificent nature of the locality are the reason why Transcarpathia is worth visiting for a foreign tourist as well as for a Ukrainian resident from any other corner of the country.
The celebrated local vines and the ample Hungarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants called “colyba”; bathing in thermal pools, hot water tubs and pure cold mountain streams; folk songs performed in a contemporary way and the mountain peak landscapes – even the most sophisticated tourists will be overwhelmed by such a storm of manifold impressions!
Every sightseeing tour normally includes the famous castles of the region. The Mukachevo or the Palanok castle is indeed the most prominent one. Its bastions are marked with sculptures reflecting its history. These are the Turul, the mythical bird as the Hungarian national symbol, and the monument to the brave castle owner, countess Ilona Zrini and her son. Musicians playing romantic melodies in the courtyard create a wonderful atmosphere for the today’s visitors.
Another famous tourist destination, the Shenborn hunting castle in Chenadiyevo town is a real work of architectural art surrounded by a huge park. In spring, beautiful Chinese cherry trees blossom around a picturesque pond the shape of which resembles the outlines of the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire. The evergreen shrubbery labyrinths lead to the castle entrance. Today the whole territory is given over to the Karpaty health resort however the interiors have preserved their initial look. One of the beliefs connected with the castle says the peculiar chandelier which survived till nowadays would start to swing if a faithful wife stands under it.
There are two more interesting 18 century castles not far from Uzhgorod. They are the Templar castle in the Serednye village and the Nevitsky castle in the Nevitske town. Today they are both just majestic ruins with vague outlines of the defense constructions, living chambers and watchtowers. The Nevitsky castle (the name is derived from the Slovak “bride” – such name is related to the history of Mogol invasions when all the town’s young girls were hidden inside the castle for safety) is today the venue for the annual ethnic festival called The Brides’ Castle.
To see the entire picture of everyday life of the people who inhabited the area a couple of centuries ago it is a must to visit the architecture and culture museum in Kolochava village. The Hutsul, Boiky, Lemky, Jewish, Slovakian, Czech and Hungarian cultures are interlaced in this small settlement of the 18-19th cc. precisely reproduced from the constructions, works of art and household items of those times preserved till today.
The natural treasures of the Carpatians are the Synevir lake also called the “see eye” due to its shape; the scenic Shepit waterfall, the Borzhava ridge, the wonderful daffodil valley and much more.
With a booked and rented apartment in Mukachevo or Beregovo you can see all the wonderful places the region is famous for, get to know the local traditions and experience the unique way of life its inhabitants lead.
Dobovo.com is always happy to offer you comfortable accommodation in the desired parts of Ukraine!
It has now became much more easier to find the best discounted deal for the dates of your stay using Dobovo.com as your apartments booking system. One of the latest features on the website is displaying special deals as top 3 search results for specified dates. In case you’ve set check-in and check-out and there are special discounted offers set by apartment owners exactly for your dates – you will see those discounted offers as top 3 search results. In case there are more than 3 discounted offers for specified dates – every time search results are reloaded system gets random 3 of them. In case you would like to see all available special discounted offers in the destination city – you can still go to the page will all hot offers in that city and see all available ones.
We’re constantly improving our apartment reviews system and here’re few features we have added during the latest software update:
- Voting for reviews – from now on you can vote for those reviews which you think would be the most helpful for future customers, or vice versa – you can vote for reviews which you think are not helpful. Voting is very easy – just click on ‘yes’ or ‘no’ near the review answering the question ‘Did you find this review helpful?’. We kindly ask everyone to participate in voting for reviews as we will also take review votes into consideration during sorting reviews.
- Other reviews of the owner – we have added link to view reviews of all other properties of the owner, so now you can read all reviews about all apartments of one owner at a single page with live scroll which is very handy.
Going to Ukraine for the first time you might have some trepidation about what you should necessarily bring, how you should go about the everyday issues you are used to cope with in your country or how to secure yourself from any possible difficulties (if any arise). Here are some important things you should consider.
Before you leave:
No need to pack heavy bags of all the necessary things you think you might need during your trip. Most of the hygiene and food products as well as medicine you use back home can be found in Ukrainian stores and pharmacies. You will be surprised to find many familiar brands.
Kiev Boryspil International Airport is the major international air gate of the country. It is located 34 km from Kiev. You can take a taxi to get to the city or use one of the regular bus routes (Sky Bus, Poliot etc.)
Booking lodgings ahead is a must. You can of course stay in a hotel advertised at the airport, or trust the people offering their apartments for rent at the railway station, however you most probably won’t be satisfied with the service you get for the price you pay in the first case or with the location, living conditions and safety in the other.
Thus booking an apartment online in advance is the wisest and simplest of the things you can do to arrange quality accommodation for the time of your trip.
The national currency is the Ukrainian hryvnia, the notes are available at face values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. You won’t experience a shortage of ATMs or banks in any of the Ukrainian cities, so you can withdraw money and change your currency any time. You can also use your payment card in most of the big stores.
Ukrainian is the national language. Russian is also widely spread and prevails in some of the Eastern cities as well as the Crimean region. Most of the youth knows English, most cafes have their menus translated for foreign guests, however you won’t find any street signs in English, except in the big cities.
It is a common misconception that the Ukrainians only eat borsch with lard and drink vodka. Although they do, there are so many more delicious things than those for a foreigner to taste! You will find numerous local cuisine restaurants serving traditional food at moderate prices. Besides, there are Italian, Chinese, French, Indian restaurants so you won’t have to hunt for food or make fire while you are there.
You shouldn’t expect the running water to be safe to drink. It must be thoroughly filtered or boiled before drinking. Most locals buy drinking water from stores, order bottled water delivery to their homes or take water from a spring for free, and you should better follow their example.
The Parliament has recently adopted the law prohibiting smoking in public places. However it is not so easily carried to effect, so most restaurants and pubs still have rooms for smokers and non-smokers, you can smoke on streets, at bus stops and in parks. Whether it’s an advantage or shortcoming for you, such is just the case with smoking in Ukraine.
A trip to any country can be stressful, difficult and challenging. However the more you learn about the destination, the better prepared you get, the higher is the possibility for your trip to be a positive experience despite all the challenges you face.
This year was full of bright events and concerts in Ukraine. Such world known stars as Madonna, Red Hot Chilly Papers, Queen and Elton John visited us and gave us unforgettable memories, but don’t get upset if you didn’t get enough impressions, because the last two months of 2012 will give you an opportunity to fix it!
You still can buy tickets for Jennifer Lopez’s show «Dance again» in Kiev on November 13. The best hits will make you dance for sure and even when it’s almost winter it will be really hot in Kiev. If you would like to come but still doubt because you didn’t find a place to stay, we’ll help you — the biggest discounts for 13.11 can be found here.
If you like punk-rock or at least tattoo or Canada you definitely need to come to new Billy Talent’s show «Dead Silence» on November 25 in Kiev. The fans were waiting for three years for their new album and finally you can enjoy the last songs, dance and freak. Nothing’s changed — we’ll offer you the best prices for these days here.
For those who know what PARTY HARD is Californian electro-pop-hip-hop band LMFAO will burn Palace of Sports on December 12. Champagne Showers and Party Rocking with no «sorries» are guaranteed for those who are Sexy And Know It We advise you to prepare special LMFAO costumes and dance moves in advance and we from our side have already prepared for you the best options of accommodation.
The apocalypse is said to be coming soon so don’t loiter and you still will see enough!