Cities of Ukraine
This postcard showing a number of cities in Ukraine comes from Lena, who lives in Kiev. Okay, so starting with the middle and then from the top left:
1. Kiev – The capital of the country and largest city in Ukraine.
2. Kharkiv – Ukraine’s 2nd largest city and former capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
3. Yalta – A resort city in Crimea.
4. Bakhchysarai – A city in Crimea and the former capital of the Crimean Khanate.
5. Buchach – A city located in Ternopil Oblast in Western Ukraine.
6. Chernihiv – Ukraine’s 18th largest city and administrative center of Chernihiv Oblast in Northern Ukraine.
7. Donetsk – An industrial city in Eastern Ukraine, administrative center of Donetsk Oblast and the country’s 5th largest city.
8. Crimea – A peninsula in Southern Ukraine, on the northern coast of the Black Sea.
9. Sevastopol – The 14th largest city in Ukraine and the second largest port in the country.
10. Lviv – Former capital of Galicia, Ukraine’s 7th largest city and cultural hub of the country.
11. Sharivka – I cannot find anything about this place, anybody?
12. Sumy – Administrative center of the Sumy Oblast.
13. Odessa – Ukraine’s 3rd largest city, with the largest port and the admistrative center of Odessa Oblast.
This card is a special one in that it was sent as such a nice gesture from Kseniia. In April I sent a postcard, which I loved very much, to her via Postcrossing. She then contacted me and said she would like to send me a postcard in return as a “thank you.” I found that very cool. She says that this postcard makes her feel calm and inspired and for that reason she kept it around for ages. She tells me that the St Andrew Church is her favourite place in all of Kiev and similarly, this postcard is one of my favourites to be sent from Ukraine. Thank you so much for such a great gesture, Kseniia!
Greta, a maths student from Ukraine sent me my first postcard of Odessa. It is always nice when you receive many postcards from the same country that they not be from the same city every time. All my others are from Kiev. Odessa is the third largest city in the country with a population of just over a million. The only cities that are larger are Kiev, the capital and Kharkiv. The source of the city’s name is uncertain in that it either came from the Turkish word for the area, Yedisan, which means “seven flags” or from the Greek god Odessos. The latter does not seem likely, as it was falsely believed that Odessos came from here but actually it was believed that Odessos lives in Varna, Bulgaria. A welcome addition to my collection. Greta, I thank you.
From Anastasiya in The Ukraine I received my 2 prettiest cards from the country so far! The top one is my favourite of the 2 but I do find both really pretty. The Ukraine or maybe just Kiev (who knows) seems to have stunning architecture as far as I can tell. Kiev is a really old city that was founded in the 9th century already. It is home to 2.8 million people and is of course the capital of the Ukraine. If all of Ukraine is this pretty, I sure have to go take a look-see for myself!
Ukrainean Men’s Wear
From Nostya in the Ukraine I received this slightly damaged postcard. If this is how the South African postal service is going to treat my postcards, I would like everybody to please put “Fragile” stickers on them. Okay, not really. Apparently this is what the men wore in the 19th and early 20th century in the Ukraine. It is quite apparent that Joan Rivers was not there in that time (although she was probably born during the period) because the Fashion Police would never allow anybody to wear anything that hideous! That being said, I do think it is a fun postcard, showing me a totally historical side of the country.
From Olha in Kiev, Ukraine, I received a postcard of this pretty building. She tells me that the building was the first in Europe to be built from concrete in the 20th century. She also tells me that the architect built it for his wife (how romantic) and dressed all four walls and the roof with animals and mythical creatures (probably symbolising his mother-in-law). What Olha neglects to tell me, however, is the name of the building or the name of the architect. Do you have any idea? The name appears to be on the back of the postcard in Ukrainean and Russian but I cannot read hieroglyphics, sorry!