Ukraine (December, 2005)

While You Are There: I went around the country for two weeks for Christmas and New Year’s. Can you say you’ve ever rung in the New Year in Lviv? Maybe not the most exotic or exciting place to do so, but certainly unexpected. Also seen in the photos above are AlushtaBakhchysaray, Kiev (oh man do I love chicken cutlets Kiev-style), Crimea, and Zhovka.

Why It’s On My List: Maybe I only liked it because I was getting sick of Russia and it wasn’t Russia, but I don’t think that’s the case. Ukraine is a lovely country, and not just in Crimea. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, it’s easy to get around, and there’s a lot of see and do.

For this year’s A-Z Blog Challenge, I’ve decided to showcase 26 of my favorite places in the world. I’ve only been to 22 of the 196 countries, so I’ve got some more travelling to do, but these places are well worth a visit.