Chernivtsi Municipal Building
Chernivtsi is the town of any size closest to the Romanian
border. Only a couple of hours away by bus, we arrived in
late afternoon because we had spent the morning visiting the
painted churches around Suceava.
We found a hotel thanks to the kindness
of a woman in the bus station. It wasn't expensive, about $20.00, and had
a private bathroom and even a TV. We were just happy to have survived the
border and to have arrived, at last in Ukraine.
There wasn't much time for sightseeing because we planned to leave the next
day to go to Vinnitsya, but we did take a walk to find dinner that night
and met a very interesting young man who bent our ears for a while in
English about the terrible things that were going on in Ukraine. The next
morning we went for a walk in the pouring rain to the center of town and
observed the fact that the town was like a relic from the past. No shiny
modern high-rise buildings. If conserved, it could prove to be a gold-mine
of future tourist dollars.