Ethnically a mix of Ukrainian and Russian, Europe's second largest country has strong village and folk traditions; a beautiful Black Sea coast along the Crimea; and vibrant cities (capital Kyiv being the largest).

Sadly, however, due to the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, travel to this country is obviously not recommendable (and may soon in fact become impossible). We of course fervently hope this situation changes as soon as possible.

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Ukrainian culture front/center as Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision 2022

  EBU/Rai Travel and music festivals go hand in hand, of course! And though I haven't yet attended the annual Eurovision song contest in person, ever since I started traveling to Europe in 1977 – well before American Idol, The Voice, or The X Factor – it's always been a big deal for more than a few of my Old World friends and acquaintances (not to mention the local media). I got to watch it several times surrounded by Europeans (most recently last night), and I must say, the enthusiasm…

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In Odessa, the Il DeCameron Hotel is an amazing address

Eastern European tourism has of course been booming in the past decade, and will no doubt recover much of its popularity as the world emerges from coronavirus/COVID-19 lockdown and people begin traveling more again. But the country of Ukraine - Europe's biggest after Russia - has remained more under the tourism radar, attracting a relatively modest 10 million or so visitors in recent years, a good chunk of those business rather than leisure travelers. Part of this is down probably to poor…

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the 7 wonders of Lviv

Founded in the 13th century, this handsome city has had a multicultural history, with not just Ukrainians but also Poles (Lwow), Germans (Lemberg) and others living here together for centuries. That history has endowed it with a rich culture and architecture, including... read complete post

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  • With everyone on edge about the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine, a couple of weeks ago a website launched last November called VisitUkraine.Today comes out with a post entitled "Keep Calm and Visit Ukraine."As this article from U.S. travel industry watcher Skift points out, turns out it's not from the Ukrainian tourism board but rather a travel insurance company! Jeez.

    In the meantime, while tourism is not exactly dead at the moment, it seems to be under strain, with countries such as South Korea banning travel to Ukraine and some flights being canceled because airline insurance carriers are withdrawing coverage. So...keep calm? Sure. Visit Ukraine? Maybe hold off just a bit, eh?
    The Curious Push for Ukraine Tourism on the Cusp of War
    A destination promoting tourism at a time of potentially imminent armed conflict: a joke, a marketing campaign gone awry or a political statement per…
  • Interesting article about travel to Ukraine with historical perspectives on this week...
  • March 24th to 26th: Ukraine International Travel & Tourism Show at the International Exhibition Center (15, Brovarsky Prospect, Kiev, Ukraine).
  • FYI, for those planning to head to Ukraine imminently!

    Wall Street Journal: Swine Flu Fears Grip Ukraine
    Ukraine introduced some of the strictest measures in the world to combat swine flu after a spate of deaths in the west of the country.
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