|Kamyanets - Podilsky, Ukraine||Week 28 26th - 27th October 2011|
| Kamianets - Podilsky.
We parked near the main bus station in the new town. Spelling of town names seems to be a bit hit and miss in both cyrillic and roman. Our gps had an apostrephe in this town name but no way of entering an apostrophe on the touch screen keypad.
Nevertheless we managed to tell the gps where we wanted to go and arrived there.
The town was big enough to support a Bunnings imitator with a plant nursery next door. We couldn't find a supermarket.
But we did find the WWII war memorial and a tank - with a rotating turret this time.
Our previous glimpse of a tank memorial in Mongolia was of a motorised gun without a rotating turret, which could be a bigger gun than the engineering of a rotating turret could accommodate.
And I'll (cynically) bet that some military engineer somewhere has engaged in how to put bigger guns in tanks!.
| Kamianets has been rebuilt since its ruination in WWII.
This is the road through the new town en route to the old.
| Another church.
They come in all shapes and sizes.
| The old town is on an "almost island", formed
naturally by a river and some geology.
We walked from the new town across the new bridge and about a km across the island to overlook the Turkish Bridge and the fortress.
The Turkish Bridge (did I mention that apart from all the other tribes and empires the Ottomans also came this way) is across the small channel that the river would flow through if it didn't flow all the way round the town.
It was built well before the Turks arrived but they modified it a bit.
| From the Turkish Bridge we looked back at the old town.
According to the Magdeburg rules of the time it was built with a different quarter for each ethnic group. Poles, Armenians, Ukraines, and Jews.
Originally settled by Kiyvan Rus in the 11th century. This part of Ukraine was ruled by Lithuanian and Polish up to the 18th century. A brief interlude for Kamianets when it was conquered and ruled by the Ottomans for about 25 years from 1672.
The cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul was built in 1580 by the catholic Poles. Converted to a mosque by the Turks and a minaret built. In 1699 it was handed back to the Poles by a treaty which stipulated that the minaret be preserved. The Poles placed a statue of the Madonna on top.
I like it!
| This distinctive looking church is to the south of the new
town and doesn't rate a mention in any of the guides we could find.
Strange how different colours have meaning in different cultures.
We've found blue quite common in this part of Ukraine.
| Inside the fortress. Really a bit of a mish mash of
Apparently the greatest influence was that of Italian military engineers - which given our normal association of Italians with artistic creativity sounds like some sort of oxymoron.
This is part of the enclosed ramparts.
|And the roof of the enclosed ramparts, plus a bonus of one of the towers.|
| Inside the fortress. The museum is on the left.
It mainly holds a collection of WWII memories.
The old town of Kamianets was maintained as a ghetto by the Germans. Hard to describe a population caged, starved, killed or transported.
The characterics that made the town almost impregnable also made an ideal ghetto.
| Some different ramparts.
We last saw a wall like this in Rotenburg (on the German Romantische Strasse) with the kids in 1997.
|The Armenian Square.|
|Rebuilt street in the Armenian quarter.|
|A work in progress. The main streets have been restored but still some gaps in the back streets.|
|Back across the bridge to the new town.
On the railings to the right are padlocks. Reminiscient of those we saw in China but this time engraved. It seems mostly with promises of true love.
|From the war memorial (with the tank) yet another church.|
|The road map showed the main road west through the old town
and across the Turkish Bridge.
We of course knew better as there were rather solid looking bollards preventing any traffic at all from crossing during the day.
We sort of followed our nose north and west for a bit until our gps started making sensible suggestions instead of that incessant "turn round" which they resort to in moments of stress.
Not intentionally but we further confounded our electronic world by hiding in the trees again. Apparently the satellite tracker had a bit more difficulty than usual knowing where we were.
The field had what we think is winter wheat just sprouting.
|We are headed to the Carpathian Mountains.
Kamianets - Podilsky was in rolling hills but we haven't yet reached the mountains.
At first we thought this was a church but on closer examination its more like a chateau. No religious regaila, like crosses, that we've seen on church spires.
We can't imagine what its doing in the middle of the Ukrainian countryside.
|We didn't see any apple trees but we did see lots of
We've also noticed cartons of apple juice alongside the orange juice in shops.
|Yet another church.
As we approach the Carpathians it seems that every village has one.
All looking freshly rebuilt or extremely well maintained.
|They occupied all the prominent places.|
|And then some.|
|We also saw signs of horticulture.
To go with the bags of potatoes, onions and cabbages being sold by the roadside we saw the harvest in progress.
|Within a couple of km we saw the contrast between the horse driven labour of horticulture and the large field industriall agriculture of wheat farming.|
|And fields of corn.|
|Alongside the road, in the middle of the fields, a statue of the Madonna.|
|With a well next to it.
All very shiny and new.
On the other side of the road was a new public loo.
We stopped for lunch. We didn't see the well until time to go so missed filling our tanks with water.
|We've begun to see crane's nests.
No cranes. We think they have more sense than to hang around here for Winter and have migrated somewhere warmer.
|We realised we haven't seen anything resembling a school
when we saw these children on their way home from school.
Perhaps something about how different cultures view and celebrate education.
No school uniform.
|Yet another church.|
|We followed a valley into the Carpathians. Towards the
Carpathian National Nature Park.
South of Yaremche, south of Vorokhtov, just outside the park gates and the road to Zaroslyak (sports center).
A convenient rest area in a small patch of woods.
|Mt Hoverla, Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine||Week 28 28th - 29th October 2011|