Tag Archives: Ukraine

Monday Morning Blues – The Black (Blue) Sea in Sevastopol

I took this picture in 2011 whilst visiting Ukraine. A lovely September day when Crimea was firmly part of Ukraine.

The Khan's Palace, Bakhchysarai, Crimea

Ukraine Tour 2011 Part 4 – Bakhchiseray & Sevastopol

Continuing the recount of my tour of Ukraine over a decade ago. See my previous posts from Odesa, Sevastopol Arrival and Balaklava. Khan Do Attitude Bakhchiseray is a stop off on the main line from Sevastopol to Simferopol in Crimea. Back we went to the scene of the previous day’s hell. I was pleased to […]

Submarine Base Entrance Balaclava, Crimea, Ukraine

Ukraine Trip 2011 Part 3 – Balaklava in Crimea

Continuing our wonderful trip to Ukraine from over ten-years ago. Picking up where we left off, we had at last found a hotel in Sevastopol after a horrid overnight bus journey from Odesa, followed by a frustrating time at the train station trying to procure train tickets to Lviv. The Balaclava Hemet A sixty-minute kip […]

Monday Morning Blues – Odessa Train Station in Ukraine

The Black Sea port city of Odessa was my entry point into Ukraine in 2011, arriving by train from Chisinau in Moldova.

Monday Morning Blues – St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, Kiev in Ukraine

Euro 2020 Quarter Final 4 – Ukraine v England

The big one for this Englishman takes place in Rome tonight. Ukraine Lviv is a very agreeable small city in the west of Ukraine, close to the Polish border. We travelled there on a marathon 27-hour train journey from Sevastopol via Simferopol in the Crimea in 2011. It was actually to be a venue city […]

Submarine Base Entrance Balaclava, Crimea, Ukraine

Euro Match Day 17 – Ukraine v Sweden

The final match of the round of 16 takes place in Glasgow. Ukraine The ex-nuclear submarine base in Balaclava in the Crimea was such a secret that the town of Balaclava did not appear on maps and even the families of engineers, scientists & technicians who worked there had no idea that the base existed! […]

Zell am See, Austria

Euro 2020 Match Day 11 – Ukraine v Austria

We kick off in Bucharest with both teams in with a shout of qualification. Ukraine Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is a vast monastery complex in Kiev. We spent over three-hours exploring in 2011 and could have spent many more quite easily. Kiev has many fine churches, with a gold dome seemingly obligatory. Austria Last time we […]

The Khan's Palace, Bakhchysarai, Crimea

Euro 2020 Match Day 7 – Ukraine v North Macedonia

This Eastern European match up kicks off the days proceedings, played in Bucharest. Not too far to travel then. Ukraine Crimea is disputed territory at present, but in 2011 it was still very much officially part of Ukraine. The Khan’s Palace was occupied by the Tatars, an Islamic minority that resided in Crimea. Built in […]

Euro 2020 Match Day 3 – Netherlands v Ukraine

The final fixture of day three takes place in Amsterdam. Netherlands Amsterdam was where my travelling began way back in 1987. It was my first inter-rail trip, with my first ever overseas train journey taking us from the port of Hoek of Holland past flat fields of cabbages to the iconic Dutch city. Our introduction […]