Travels Within The Ukraine – The Dniepro River
It was a beautiful late spring morning when I awoke and so after a very pleasant breakfast I studied my maps and decided to change my plans and take a long diversion for my trip to Lviv. I was going to follow, as far as possible the road that hugs the West shore of the river Dnieper.
I said my farewells to both the very friendly staff at the hotel and Kryvyi Rih, a city that was, as I mentioned in my previous article a very pleasant surprise. I was going to start my journey at Dnipropetrovs`k (yes quite a mouthful) a large and important city and a major junction of the river.
Late spring and early summer is my favourite time of year in the Ukraine. The landscape is rich and verdant and the many trees are both splendid and majestic. Even the people seem less burdened and weighed down with their hardships and economic problems.
It did not take too long to arrive at Dnipropetrovs’k and I thought I should visit the centre before heading north. Well it`s a big city and there are quite a few expensive cars on the road, so like Kryvyi Rih there is clearly business being done here. I checked a big hotel close to the centre, expensive $160 per night! Yes clearly there is business being done here.
It seemed to me that this could be an interesting city to Business in Ukraine explore and get to know, but I had already decided my travel plans so after a coffee I set off, heading north. As I came to the outskirts of the city I was surrounded by the frantic construction of apartment blocks, all seemingly designed by the Lego school of Architecture. Yes bright, bold and adventurous, but would look equally at home in California, the Mediterranean coast, or Australia. Maybe there is an Architectural practise based in the geographical centre of the planet that churns this stuff out?
I had only travelled about 20 kms north when I spied smoke heavy smoke and as I continued the smoke became darker, I was intrigued. Eventually I came across a road sign that showed that the source of this smoke was a city Dniprodzerzhyns`k (no I can`t pronounce it either). I had to see this.