It’s been a rainy and relaxing visit here in Kiev. I managed to track down some Yuri Gagarin paraphernalia while I was here. He was the first man in space for those not up on their outer space lore. He’s not only a great hero, but the man who lit the fuse for the space race. Without him we wouldn’t have put a man on the moon in such record time.
Dream House Hostel
A Welcome Respite From Roommates
STREET LIGHT LOVERS
Nice Soviet Building
Saint Andrews Church
Interior Saint Andrews
Parliament Building – This attractive Soviet Era building is the scene of a grenade attack carried out the day before I arrived in the Kiev. Three policemen were killed.
The National Bank – Originally one story, and two stories were added creating an amazingly unified whole. The result is this stunning building.
Angel Gabriel – Allegedly predicted the Chernobyl disaster.
MR. NEUTRON – The radiation made all of my hair fall out.
Memorial To Evacuated Villages
Statue Built By Firemen In Honor Of The People Who Built The Sarcophagus.
Robotic Vehicles Used To Work In Radioactive Areas.
Nursery School Nap Area
MORE ABANDONED TOYS
Reactor Number Five Never Was Activated
Infamous Reactor Number Four – This is the one that caused all the trouble and threatened an additional explosion that would have rendered Europe uninhabitable. A situation many are unaware of to this day. If it had melted down to the coolant, the subsequent explosion would have been equivalent to a thirty-megaton nuclear bomb.
Amazing what happens in thirty years.
Restaurant – Closed For Good
Ferris Wheel – This looks like it belongs in Banksy’s Dismaland.
GAS MASKS – Kids practiced on these to prepare for an attack from the U.S.
This pool used to be the pride of the community. Look how deep it is.