Had a lovely date with Kyiv. For much of the past three weeks, it was a demented city, and I'm glad that it has managed to pull itself together for me on my last full day here this fall. Thank you, Kyiv. I love you, in spite of all the shit.
That first picture is on Shovkovychna Street just before it intersects with Luternanska Street. It's my old neighbourhood.
I can walk with my eyes closed in that neighborhood - and I feel the most tranquil there in Kyiv.A few pictures of what the brown building - the Chocolate House - looks like inside are here: http://vkhokhl.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-of-many-things-i-totally-do-not.html
This is also Lypky/Lipki: those flowers (no idea what they're called in English or in Ukrainian, kolokolchiki in Russian) have been there forever - definitely for the past 30 years and perhaps even longer...
Ochen krutye fotki - na samom dele krasivyj gorod!