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The Beautiful Tradition of a Hutsul Wedding

Despite the far-reaching changes in the world at large, mainly brought about by the frantic pace of technological advances, some communities are most reluctant to let go of age-old traditions. This is something that travelers are grateful for, because it is generally age-old traditions that make different communities unique and fascinating. The Hutsuls of Ukraine are just such a community, treasuring the traditions which have been passed down through generations - and few celebrations bring out the value and beauty of tradition than a Hutsul wedding.

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Natalka Poltavka – A Legendary Tale of Love

Ukrainian writer, poet and playwright, Ivan Kotlyarevsky’s renowned play, Natalka Poltavka, has certainly stood the test of time. Written in 1819 and first performed on stage in the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 1821, Natalka Poltavka (Natalka from Poltava) has been made into a number of films, both in Ukraine and abroad in the early to mid 1900s. The story was also the inspiration and basis for the operetta by Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko, which premiered in 1889 and is still enjoyed today.

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Stroll Down Khreschatyk of Kiev

Khreschatyk is the main street of the bustling city of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The street is not only the business and administrative center of Kiev it is also a popular place for tourists and Kievans alike. During weekends, as well as public holidays, the street is completely closed to road traffic, and pedestrians can stroll around at their leisure as they enjoy the many sights, including top class department stores, restaurants and cafés.

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Fun in the Sun at Arcadia Beach

Situated on the shores of the Black Sea, the seaport city of Odessa, Ukraine, is a popular tourist destination. There are many places of interest to visit, including the Tolstoy Palace, Vorontsov Palace, Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as a number of museums dedicated to local folklore, fine arts and literature. The most notable of the many beaches that are popular with Ukrainians and tourists alike, is Arcadia Beach.read more..

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Journey Through the History of Andrew’s Descent

The street in Kiev, Ukraine, that is known as Andrew’s Descent is an eight hundred and fifty meter long street that is located on a steep incline and winds its short way between the hills of the city. It is a street that oozes history and nostalgia through the cracks of its cobble-stoned surface, and each building on either side is eccentric, fascinating and hides the secrets of its own unique story. One building on Andrew’s Descent holds the key to all the treasures on the street, past and present – the Museum of One Street.

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Healing Waters of Truskavets

Tucked away in a picturesque valley of the Carpathian foothills in the Lviv Oblast of Ukraine, the town of Truskavets is famous for its mineral springs that are reputed to have a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Although many of the more than 200,000 visitors to Truskavets each year are from Ukraine or neighboring Russia, the reputation of this mineral rich area also draws visitors from other parts of the world as people seek relief from their ailments and a better quality of life – or maybe the elixir of youth!

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Visit the Fascinating Destination of Partenit

Along the southern coast of Crimea, nestled between Alushta and Yalta, lies the quaint and beautiful town of Partenit. Known for its landscapes that are always covered in rich shades of green, the breathtaking Au-Dag Mountains (Bears Mountain) and a valley where legends and tales of old can be discovered. It is a part of Ukraine that is nothing short of spectacular and the over the years, this earlier settlement known as Frunze, has grown into a town that is steeped in history and offers city dwellers tranquil surroundings to escape to.

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Intriguing House with Chimeras

Across the road from the ordinary presidential administration offices in Kiev, Ukraine, stands a house that is spellbinding and very unusual. It quietly looms from its location on a hill in Bankovaya Street, and has been the source of many legends and folklores; some that are buried in grief and loss and others that make the hair on your neck stand up. The building itself has an air of mystery and uncertainty about it, and even though most visitors compare it to a castle, the house and its extraordinary decorations inspire visitors to conjure up their own tales of ghosts and goblins.

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