: Exploring Ukraine: Kyiv region
Entertainment18:06 Apr. 11, 2016
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Exploring Ukraine: Kyiv region

Small towns around the capital are famous for their history and delicacies 

Residents and tourists of Zakarpattya region in western Ukraine are now enjoying a beautiful sight - blooming sakura trees.

The gorgeous blossoms came as surprise since the trees were not expected to bloom this early.

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Magnolias blooming in western Ukraine (UNIAN Photo)

Sakura trees in the west are just a small part of Ukraine's rich natural beauty. One of the regions that showcases it in all its glory is Kyiv.

Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi is one of the oldest towns in Ukraine. In 1654 Cossack leader Bohdan Khmelnytskyi called his council here. In couple of centuries a prominent Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko wrote his "Testament" here, and the Ukrainian philosopher Hryhoriy Skovoroda frequented the town as well.

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The modern Pereyaslav is rich in tourists who enjoy the historical monuments along with the city's famed horse taxi.

The journey continues to Bohuslav. The town that was founded by a Ukrainian prince Yaroslav Mudry in 1032. Once the place was famous for its weaving industry, now the town is mostly known for its cheese.

This dairy farm was established four years ago. Taras and his father produce various sorts of cheese, both from goats' and cows' milk. Parmesan is a real delicacy since making just four pieces requires 550 litres of milk! Brewed and cut into pieces, the cheese has to ripen the whole year long.

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Another small town with a rich cuisine is Ukrayinka. Local artisans here are famous for their fantastic caviar. Just 100 grams can run up to thousands of hryvnias.

Kyiv and the region around are famous for their history and cuisine - so exploring all aspects of Ukraine's culture is a real joy.

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