Whether on vacation, business, or bleisure you must find time for activities that make you smile. Lucky for you when visiting Ukraine there is plenty of activities to enjoy while relaxing from your busy schedule. Here we highlight five relaxing activities in Kiev that will make you smile.
The monastery, built in the 12th century, is an amazing example of frescos from the period. They were restored in the late 70s and boast of 800 square meters of paintings from Mikkhail Vrubel, who lived from 1856-1910. This monastery is nestled away from the normal tourist attractions in Kiev and is favored by the locals. People visit the monastery to enjoy the paintings, pray, and meditate.
St. Cyrill is located at Olena Teliha St., 12B. Working hours: From 10:00—17:30, Thursday—from 10:00 to 16:30. Closed on Fridays.
The Museum of Miniatures is housed in the Eastern Orthodox Cave Monastery a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum has an incredible collection of miniatures is sure to inspire awe and leave you amazed. Look for the world’s smallest book, a rose in a strand of hair, a golden set of chess that fits on a pinhead, a golden caravan of camels in the eye of a needle, and much more.
To get to the Museum of Miniatures take bus #24 from Arsenalna Metro Station and get off at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. Working Hours: 9:00—19:00. Closed—Tuesdays.
The local bazaar is always the best place to experience the culture of anew city and Kiev is no different. The women who work the booths of fruits, vegetables, and other delicacies are called ‘babushka’ or ‘babcia’. These women will impress you with their knowledge and wisdom. But don’t haggle here. A better way is to sample the homemade goods and learn from their generous nature.
There are two main bazaars in Kiev. The easiest to find is close to city center, called Bessarabsky Bazaar. It’s located at the end of Khreshchatyk St. The second bazaar is where the locals buy, called Zhytniy, and is located at Verhniy Val St., 16. You can reach it from Kontraktova Square Metro Station.
All three of these activities are favorites of the locals and are sure to put a smile on your face. So regardless of your reasons for visiting Kiev, make time to check out the monasteries, museums, and bazaars. And don’t forget to bring some of the fresh foods back to your furnished apartment for a late-night snack.
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