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.