Our journey began from the somewhat unusual tourist destination Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Donetsk is dominated by mining and heavy industry and there are very few tourist attractions in the city. The only thing I knew about this place was 1. The winners of the 2009 UEFA Cup, FC Shakhtar Donetsk is based out of here 2. This was pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka's hometown
After Donetsk we went to the city Yalta on Crimea. Yalta is a seaside resort next to the Black Sea that for decades has been a popular holiday destination. Today there are mostly Ukrainians, Russians and others from the former Soviet Union who visit Yalta. A few westerners also come here but they are easily outnumbered by the Russians.
The next day on Crimea we went to Sevastopol. On the way back from Sevastopol we stopped at a town named Foros. Foros church sits on a cliff high above the town. The views from the church are impressive and the positioning of the church makes for very nice photos.
THE CITY THAT SAW THE APOCALYPSE- Pripyat, Ukraine Home to the families of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, none of its approximately 50, 000 residents have ever returned after the devastating explosion on April 26, 1986. Those who have visited this city as tourists, claim that the clock has stopped running in Pripyat. The cars are still parked as they were on that fateful day, the hospital boards still mention the names of the patients, the rides in the park and the discarded shoes in the playground add to the horror. If you plan to tour the city, you'll have to get a special permit and get scanned for radiation on return.
Pripyat was the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union. It was abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.