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Kiev (Bradt Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Andrew Evans
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3 Sep 2004 Bradt Travel Guides
Features comprehensive practical information enabling visitors to freely discover this little-known capital.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; Min edition (3 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841620998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841620992
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,048,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Evans, author of" Ukraine: The Bradt Travel Guide, "has been traveling regularly to Kiev since 1994. He completed his postgraduate work in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University, where he wrote and lectured on Ukrainian politics, history, and culture.

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As one of Europe's more unassuming gems, Ukraine's capital earnestly welcomes visitors with a vision of stateliness and lasting energy. Read the first page
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Kiev! 1 Jun 2005
What great little book! I bought mine the day before i left for kiev and more or less read it cover to cover by the time i arrived. I loved Kiev and it was this book that made it so enjoyable.
Its full of details about kiev, its sights and the people who live there, including useful hints for eating and nightlife. It actively encourages you to get out more and travel the city than any other city guide i've read. The attractions are well cross-referenced to the detailed maps found in the back of the book,and the handy ukranian language guide, including the must have cyrillic alphabet chart, are invaluable for getting around, and it fits in your back pocket!
So buy this guide and when you get there get a local cyrillic map, and its all you need.
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1.0 out of 5 stars printed 2004 information 10 years out of date 14 Jan 2014
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guide printed in 2004 out date information ,,,print date not stated on advert, book of little value or use .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly useful 2 Oct 2005
By Samuel C. Adams - Published on
My Ukrainian girlfriend and I spent 9 days in Kiev last month. This book was invaluable. Naturally, when visiting a country it's very helpful to have someone with you who speaks the language. This is particularly true in Ukraine - even though many people in Kiev do speak English. We stayed in a hotel she heard about through a friend that's near the Golden Gate (Zoloti Vorota) Metro stop - centrally located in Kiev. It was $30 a night for me and around $10 a night for her. While I bought a Visa to go to Kiev (around $120) in May - I'm told they are free to Americans and Europeans these days.

The color map of the metro layout and the color maps of the city listing landmarks in the back of the book were particularly useful for us. The bus guidance was a bit of a waste - never seemed to be right. There were buses going where the book said they were but they always had different numbers than the ones in the book. I never did see a bus schedule anywhere and the bus signs at the bus stops didn't seem to list the numbers properly either - so maybe this was no fault of the author. If you want to take a bus somewhere - go where the book says and then start asking questions about a bus to the place you want to go.

We saw Faust at the opera house. A marvelous performance - for just a little more than the price of a movie back in the states. The author is right about most bathrooms having either rough and unpleasant toilet paper or none at all. The opera house, for all the grandeur of the building and world class performance, had no toilet paper in either the men's or woman's restrooms.

The list of restaurants in the book is ok - but could be better. I enjoyed the Indian food at Himalaya, and Kozak Mamai did indeed have exceptional food (along with very nice atmosphere) - though our waiter was a little pushy about getting a tip. We searched all over Pankivksa street but couldn't find Mangal anywhere. Makabi Kosher is more of a snack bar than a restaurant. We couldn't figure out how to get a substantial meal there. We ended up at a Georgian restaurant a across the same street - a little further down. The wine was very good but the portions were too small and it was a bit pricey. I was thoroughly disappointed with Kyivska Perepichka (author's favorite). I have found bageldogs enjoyable in the past but a hotdog inside some greasy bread is not my idea of good street food. Some other places serve bilash (maybe the wrong name) - hamburger inside some greasy bread. For some reason, I found this to be a great deal better. There are lots of places to eat in Kiev. Some charge quite a bit of money for lots of atmosphere and mediocre food. It make take some talk with the locals to find the good ones.

I really enjoy visiting churches and was most impressed with St Vladamir's - beautiful place and much more exciting than St Sophia's or St Andrei's. We were even lucky enough to catch a ceremony led by the Patriarch of Kiev - head of the Orthodox church in Ukraine. I also highly recommend the Patriotic War Museum. While it helps to have someone who can read Russian or Ukrainian along - there are lots of pictures and maps that can be appreciated by anyone. The statue over the museum is a site to see in its own right. The Monastery of the Golden Domes was a little disappointing. The grounds are lovely, as is the view of the city from them but the caves were not what I had hoped.

The book is full of little anecdotes. The author gives his thoughts on the use of language (Ukrainian or Russian) in Kiev. Many people (including my girlfriend) feel pretty strongly about what language should be spoken and displayed. He also provides an interesting tale about why there are so many old women (and not old men) and why the sword held by the statue over the Patriotic War Museum looks a bit short.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, handy, excellent guide 16 May 2006
By Bohdan Hodiak - Published on
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I have made several trips to Kiev (officially Kyiv) in recent years and am very glad to have found this excellent guide, which I will use on my next trip. Well-written, packed with information, and handy. Although more than 300 pages it can easily be carried in any pocket.

Evans covers all the tourist sites but he is very good also on the culture, the amenities, how to get the most from your trip. This book will also be very useful for people who will spend a longer time in Ukraine, at a job or on a business project, or studying. It covers a lot of nuts and bolts that visitors need to know. It is filled with information that will save you a lot of money and that will protect your health. For example: "don't drink the water."

Anyone who gets this book and the very good, just published, Lonely Planet guide to Ukraine, will be well-armed for an enjoyable trip. Evans has also written a guidebook to all of Ukraine that I haven't read yet.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for Americans visiting Kiev 7 Jan 2006
By John Doyen - Published on
There are not many travel guide books to choose from in English on Kiev. No matter, Mr. Evans book proved to be extremely useful on my first trip to Kiev, Ukraine. It was accurate and I used this guide book every day for the two weeks I was in Kiev. His review of hotels, shopping, restaurants, clubs, and casinos were excellent. Mr. Evans was very adept at suggesting places to go where Westerners could get by with little or no language skills. I recommend this book and I hope he plans an update in 2006. John Doyen, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas USA
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and not a single photo 17 Jan 2009
By LawMan87 - Published on
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I bought this because at the time, there were no other guides in existance for Kiev. Now there is the Cityspots guide to Kiev which is much better but still lacks bulk. The Bradt guides I find rather boring. It is like reading a novel because there is not a single photo in the entire book and the information is so limited it might as well be a brochure. If you cannot find anything else, they are better than nothing but I much prefer, Dk Eyewitness guides, Lonely planet, Insight pocket guides and time out series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! 18 Nov 2013
By Berislav A. Bosnjak - Published on
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Very comprehensive guide, the best for Kiyiv. Let's get used to the Ukrainian pronunciation for their capital city (Kiev is the Russian version).
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