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You're reading: Changing seasons in Kyiv… and Vienna

As an autumn chill crept into the air, the Viennese hailed the arrival of the “Russian crows” – big, capable-looking birds which would strut their stuff around the parks and squares of the city for a couple of weeks then disappear before the snow swept in.

Another tell-tale was when workmen began building spooky wooden cases around the fountains and statues of the city to protect them from winter frost and snow damage.

Here in Kyiv I haven’t spotted any avian migration or statue packaging. But a sure sign of autumn is when the city’s open-air cafés shut up shop. Kyiv, with its continental climate, has a terrific outdoor café culture.

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