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The coming of spring is a pleasure for any dog as well as for its owner: it brings warm weather and so many opportunities for joyful walks outside. As for spring 2018 in Kyiv, it is going to delight dog fans and their lovely pets more than just with good weather and long strolls in green parks! What about a picnic, a rally or a dance together with your fluffy buddy? This spring all dogs and their owners are welcome to take part in exciting dog-friendly events in Kyiv.

New flights to and from Ukraine pop up almost every week since the grand announcement of Ryanair airlines finally officially entering Ukrainian market. Let’s check out which destinations are now in store, thanks to the low-cost airlines like Ryanair and WizzAir, and other exciting news concerning flights to/from Ukraine.

To many people Ukrainians are known for their immense love of freedom, and gentle love about their home. It is true considering not only abstract concepts, but also love between people — romance in Ukraine can be quite ardent due to the specifics of national character. Sure enough, ways to show affection differ from person to person, and from region to region, that’s why we gathered love quotes by famous Ukrainian people that might give a better understanding what it means to love (“кохати”).

Hurrem Sultan, also known under the name Roksolana, was the wife of famous Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent. She became the first woman in the history of the East who shared the right of ruling the Empire with her husband. Roksolana, born in Ukraine in the beginning of the XVI century, was captured and conveyed to the harem of Suleiman at the age of 15. Unbelievably beautiful and smart girl quickly won heart of the great Sultan. Roksolana was not just the beloved favorite of the Emperor – that wise and well-educated woman was also an important person in the political life of the Empire and an introducer of numerous charity projects.

Ukraine has become home for many expats from different parts of the world: those who came here to start a business, transferred to international departments of their companies, or simply visited once and decided this country would be their future home. Naturally, such a large community can't exist without informal organizations, which allow expats to communicate, share experience, find business ties and new friends. To name but a few, Fryday, The Big Meet, and many others are popular in Ukraine. One of them is a big international community InterNations.

Traditionally, Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv, joins the EARTH HOUR activity. To attract attention to the saving of the Earth's resources, the hotel organizes an HOUR IN DARKNESS together with a special Museum in the dark "Three after midnight /03:00/".

Apart from magnificent architecture and charming atmosphere, Lviv is also famous for numerous city legends. Most of these stories are about love, and it`s not surprising: in the ХVI-XVII centuries Lviv was well-known as a city with girls so amazingly beautiful that men completely lost their heads. Maybe, each of these legends contains a grain of truth as well as a little flavor of fantasy that makes a story way more exciting.

The highest point in Ukraine, heart of the Carpathians, and simply a dream of many hikers, Hoverla Mountain has been standing proud for centuries. Its history is full of legends, and nowadays the nearby lying Vorokhta is one of the most popular resorts in Ukraine. What else is there to explore? Let’s find out.

Spring is slowly but surely creeping around the corner. While winter blues might have snatched away any motivation to move from the couch, it is better to think beforehand what you're going to do when the weather brightens up and nature bursts with colors. If all usual city attractions have been visited already, Odessa or Lviv are no more cities to discover, we offer this guide which helps to decide what to see in Ukraine in spring 2018.

This cemetery is a kind of Père Lachaise of Eastern Europe with the same sort of overgrown grounds and Gothic aura as the famous Parisian necropolis. Established in the late 18th century, it's the place of eternal rest for West Ukraine's prominent figures. Pride of place goes to the grave of the famous nationalist poet Ivan Franko, the patriotic singer-songwriter Volodymyr Ivasyuk and the most recent addition is the memorial to those who died during the Revolution of Dignity in 2013.

Khortytsia island in Ukraine is the largest island on Dnipro River and the largest river island in the whole Europe. Modern Khortytsia, officially listed as one of the seven miracles of Ukraine, is a national natural reserve and a very interesting historical complex. Today guests of this legendary place in Zaporizhzhya city can visit the Museum of History of Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack Army, reconstructed capital of Cossacks, stone sanctuaries of Scythians and other ancient tribes. Сultural landmarks surrounded by beautiful nature attract hundreds of tourists who want to feel the breath of history.

A city that has kept the spirit of the Middle Ages, Kamianets-Podilskyi lures in travelers with its fusion of the picturesque landscape and historical sites — mainly, the Kamianets-Podilskyi castle, unique in its construction which has no analogues in Europe. Let's check out what else is so special about the place.

In Ukraine, trains are an incredibly popular means of transport — sometimes so popular, you blink once and tickets are sold out in an hour, especially during holidays. Luckily, Ukrzailznytsia regularly upgrades their services and adds more train destinations. Destinations gathered a digest of railway news as of March 2018.

4-star hotels are high-class hotels, offering increased level of comfort and services to their customers. Usually 4-star hotels are located in the city center and provide apartments subdivided into different categories (single, double, family, lux and so on). Such hotels often offer guests additional services like SPA, restaurants, bars, conference halls and fitness clubs. Personnel in any 4-star hotel is supposed to speak several languages. Let`s check out the best 4-star hotels in Kyiv – a perfect combination of moderate luxury and reasonable prices.

Ukrainian traditional music is mostly known for folk songs lyrics and strong voices. Often many peculiar instruments are left in shade, even the ones you can’t imagine in Ukrainian culture. One of them is bandura, which charmed millions throughout history with its rich sound; it has a strong influence on music, not only in traditions, but also on contemporary musicians. Let’s find out more about this Ukrainian traditional music instrument.

The origins of Ukrainian education and science date back to Х–ХІІ centuries, when the first schools have been opened in Kyiv Rus. The process of establishing educational institutions in Ukraine reflects the complicated history of development of the whole country. The universities, founded several centuries ago, have been evolving both as education centers and as architectural masterpieces. Let's learn some interesting facts about the oldest and the most famous universities in Ukraine.

Kids are always full of energy, and the task of their parents is to channel this energy in the right direction. Where to go and what to do with kids in Ukraine to have fun and to learn new things in Odesa, Kyiv or Lviv? Fortunately, the cities of Ukraine offer plenty of exciting entertainment options for families with children of any age. All useful hints in our article below!

Living in a big city with a dog is fun, but it is also a challenge. Responsible dog owners who live in Kyiv always look for the best ways to take care of their pets, so they are concerned about numerous questions. Where do I go for a walk with my dog? Which restaurants and cafes allow visiting with a dog? Which vet clinics are the best? Where can my dog get proper grooming? And finally, where can I meet other dog owners to have fun together with our fluffy friends? Find all the answers below.

Each month the capital of Ukraine hears of dozens of fine dining spots openings, a bunch of concert announcements and new directions of low-cost airlines. There are, however, important things that often stay in the shadows — new identic, metro stations renaming and Kyiv navigation projects. That's why Destinations have gathered a digest of urban life news in Kyiv.

Higher education in Ukraine has been highly valued since the times of the Soviet Union: best professors with years of experience in their area passed knowledge to a younger generation of students. Nowadays, Ukraine is promptly catching up with the world standards of education and involves new technologies, as well as modern information basis, into the studies at educational institutions. International students among others are encouraged to study in Ukraine — let's find out more about it.

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