The Ukraine has not made it yet as a shopping destination and most tourists generally only look for little gifts and souvenirs on their Ukraine holidays. That is not to say that there are no shops in the Ukraine. On the contrary, huge shopping malls and centres have popped up in Kiev and in Odessa, the Riviera Shopping City is the size of 12 football fields.
Livadia (White) Palace is famous as the site of the 1945 Yalta Conference where the Big Three met to discuss the shape of Europe post World War II. Livadia was built by Tsar Nikolas II as a summer palace for his family. The Palace is steeped with war and royal history and is one of the main sightseeing attractions of Yalta.
Kyiv’s World Heritage Lavra, or Monastery of the Caves or Kiev Pechersk Lavra, is the city’s most extensive and amazing sightseeing attraction. The Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, ranging from bell-towers and cathedrals to underground cave systems and strong stone fortification walls. To get an adequate appreciation of the complex will require at least a half day visit.