If Ukraine today seems obvious to us, in reality, it has only very recently emerged from its current borders, while all its regions have had very different histories: On the one hand, the Crimea has seen the great Roman and Greek trading peoples, as well as many nomadic peoples such as the Scythians and especially the Tatars who, fascinated, have made their homes there; on the other hand, the west of the country has never ceased to pass from one hand to the other - the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Poland, Moldova, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is therefore not surprising to note the immense richness and variety of the landscape, urban planning and architecture that can be found in Ukraine and which constitutes its major asset. The west approaches Vienna or Krakow, with Lviv built as a typical city of the Mitteleuropa, with its castles and fortresses typically European. To go to Ukraine is to immerse yourself in the history of all Europe and the greatest civilizations.
An omnipresent nature :
Mountain ranges, lush vegetation, endless beaches, bright colours and wide open spaces... In the Carpathians, nature is still practically untouched. The mountains seem never to have known man's step. The lakes and rivers are as if frozen in a blessed eternity, only the leaves golden with autumn seem to waltz to the surface. The steppes as far as the eye can see that stretch along the Dnieper, on the coasts of the Azov Sea, to the Black Sea, plunge into a completely different atmosphere - that of infinity and intact natural heritage. And then there are the magnificent yellow steppes of Askania Nova, the marshy regions of Polesia, the green forests of the northeast of the country, the unusual landscapes of the mouth of the Dnieper will enchant you with their authenticity. Ukraine will seduce all nature lovers.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette