“Kyiv?” friends asked quizzically as we discussed plans for a short break. A reasonable question, given that it proved impossible to buy local currency in the UK and our 2008 Lonely Planet Guide said that the city did not have a tourist office.
Most of our co-passengers clapped as we landed at Borispol airport; was this a good omen?
What we found was a huge, impressive city able to assert itself with style, grandeur, lots of history but also lots of contrasts. We saw magnificent monasteries, ancient cathedrals and spectacular terraces on which to sip cocktails as we watched the sun set over Kyiv.