The orange revolution began at the Maidan Square in Kiev. There’s little to remind of the chaos that ensued apart from a few protesters calling for yet another revolution. It seems as if the residents of Kiev would rather not, however. Despite current tensions and the ongoing war, Kiev is a peaceful, friendly city and visitors are unlikely to see any sign of Ukraine’s military. Instead, this massive ancient metropolis that first gained notoriety under the Rus was long the pride and joy of the Soviet Union and now a functional bridge between the East and the West. A high level of crime in the ’90s has given way to brisk business ventures and it’s safe to say the city will join the ranks of other metropolises for high society in the near future.

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