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Kyiv is One of the Secret Splendours of Europe - UK Ambassador PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, June 1, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "A mighty river winds through a brilliant green landscape.

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Kyiv is One of the Secret Splendours of Europe
- UK Ambassador
PR Newswire
KYIV, Ukraine, June 1, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine
,
June 1, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
"A mighty river winds through a brilliant green
landscape. A steep bluff studded with golden domes
tumbles down to the shore," writes Leigh Turner, UK
Ambassador to
Ukraine
. The British official dedicated
his most recent post, published on his official blog, to
the Ukrainian capital -
Kyiv
.
In his entry Turner names
Kyiv
one of the world's great and least known cities.
"A city of three and a half million,
Kyiv
has a vibrant arts and cultural scene,"
notes the ambassador. He salutes the hills, parks, and beaches of
Kyiv
. He lists
museums and monuments in the city as remarkable tourist attractions.
Leigh Turner marvels at the ability of Kyivers to enjoy outdoors leisure "whether
sitting in the numerous beer-gardens or open-air restaurants, strolling down the
main street of Khreshchatyk (pedestrianized at weekends and for the whole of
EURO 2012
) or mucking about in or on the river".
The ambassador accompanies his piece with a set of photographs by Mary and
Detlef Golletz. They captured some of the most beautiful churches and
monuments in
Kyiv
downtown, a beach at the shores of the Dnipro river, and
even a group of senior residents wearing national clothes.
As Leigh Turner noted in one of his blog entries, "there are many excellent
cities in
Ukraine
". Over the two and a half years of writing about
Ukraine
,
Ambassador Turner also dedicated posts to Donetsk, Lviv, Odesa, Vinnytsia,
Zaporizhzhia, and others.
And while the ambassador likes to promote
Kyiv
through his numerous posts
("
Kyiv
: Art, Football and Charles Dickens", "The First Mosque in
Kyiv
", "Extreme
Climbing in
Kyiv
", a guest post "Is Kyiv Worth a Visit?", etc.), he insists on having
"long had a soft spot for Odesa" and having "always had a soft spot for Lviv".
Started in late 2009, the blog of the British ambassador aims to deliver political
and economic messages, as well as show that the embassy takes a lively
interest in all aspects of Ukrainian life and culture. The blog is available in both
English and Ukrainian. As of
May 31, 2012
, the blog featured 215 entries,
prevailingly discussing
Ukraine
. According to Turner, most readers of the blog
are in the UK,
Canada
, and the
USA
.