One of the paintings of an old Ukrainian home. A Cossack with a bandura is a very traditional image of our culture. For instance, I mentioned about one in Cherkasy,
"Kalyna" (Viburnum opulus) has been one of the National symbols of Ukraine.
Thus, it was an important and necessary part of decoration of an old Ukrainian home. The mentions of the bush can be found throughout the Ukrainian folklore such as songs, picturesque art, Ukrainian embroidery, and others. According to a legend Kalyna was associated with the birth of the Universe, the so-called Fire Trinity: the Sun, the Moon, and the Star. Its berries symbolize blood and the undying trace of family roots. In Slavic paganism Kalyna also represents the beauty of a young lady.
Each interior of an old Ukrainian house kept its traditional style. It was always a small neat house with a low ceiling and a few tiny windows, with walls painted in white and a floor covered with grass or straw, with a wood stove and a minimum of needed items. The rooms were decorated with traditional ornamented towels, colorful paintings and variety of the icons on the walls.
Ukrainian village houses of the old days.
A map of the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky.
After getting settled in Cherkasy, we decided to explore a nearby area and discover what it could offer to visit as far as tourist sight. The photo of us is on the way to see an Opened Air Museum in the small town called Pereyaslav-Khmelnicky.
The sunset while the crossing the river Dnipro on a way home
As a husband and wife, after spending a few days in Kiev, we were coming back “home” to Cherkasy. We were not sure yet how to deal with a fact that we were of different nationalities. We needed to figure out the scenario that would keep us together as a family. For the moment, I could not enter the USA and Clinton had a limited stay in Ukraine for 3 months. So before making a plan, Cherkasy temporarily became a place that we could call our “home” :)
The end of the wedding day! The beginning of a new family!
We were so tired of posing for pictures! But our photographer just did not want to leave us… These are few last photographs from the hotel.
Playing with the reflections through the mirror in our hotel room.
The last photo with the family after the dinner.
Everyone was leaving home now. My family drove all the way back from Kiev to Cherkasy. And Clinton’s parents were coming back to their hotel only for a few next days (during which they were going to explore Kiev and then to come back to Hungary where they served as LDS missionaries).
At the end of the day, we had a wonderful dinner in the restaurant of the beautiful "Fairmont Hotel" in Kiev, where Clinton and I stayed for a weekend. The atmosphere was charming, romantic and relaxing after a bright day. Besides a wonderful atmosphere, company and meals themselves, we were pleasantly surprised with a super tasty cheese cake as a wedding gift from the restaurant. The cake was so good, that I ate it all by myself within the next day! If it was not after my wedding I could have regretted it, but I felt I deserved that treat :) I still think it was one of the tastiest cheese cakes I had ever had. It was a wonderful tasty end for our wedding day :)