Saturday, May 21, 2016

Vinnytsia

The Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, 300 km south of Kiev, was not on our itinerary until, while in Lviv, we decided to head clockwise around western Ukraine instead of counterclockwise in order to eliminate overnight and late-arriving transport.

Sun-Ling correctly observed that Vinnytsia is one city on this trip that is not living in the shadow of its past glories. There are no ancient temples, 11th century mosaics, medieval castles, salt mines, birthplaces, battles, or shrines. Not to gloss over the older churches and the Vinnytsia massacre.

Vinnytsia has leaped into the 21st century on the legs of the current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the founder of Roshen Industries, a confectionery manufacturer. From Wikipedia says Poroshenko's long-time political base is in Vinnytsia although he has never lived there.

Vinnytsia's leading tourist attraction is not a castle or a church, but a modern light and water show; the Multimedia Fountain Roshen, which draws thousands of viewers on weekend evenings.

The city has also developed strong ties with the European Union. The day we were there, the city was celebrating Europe Day with gusto. The Polish Consul was in town, and the downtown streets were closed for the celebration.

The train from Kiev to V was decrepit. I did not take any photos.

Viinytsia is located on the Southern Bug River.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

We arrived on Europe Day and found a big festival going on downtown with music, food, and traditional costumes.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

The city's trolleybus were flying the Ukrainian flag. The trams were idle as the main street was open only to pedestrians.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

And the flags of many if not all of the European nations were flying.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

These kids were rockin'.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Guitars.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

The former Synagogue.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

The old Water Tower (with clock).
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

We grabbed some seats to watch the symphony with guest violinist..
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

... who was quite the showman.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Heading home.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

The venue for the music, water and light show on a bend in the Bug River.
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

The show!
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

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