I’ve always wanted to visit a country of the former USSR.
Czech Republic was always my first choice, but, now that I have found something that has swung me towards the Ukraine. Now all I have to do is get Laura on-side and we can book.
The deciding factor is the ‘Chernobyl tour’ that is on offer.
For Ã‚Â£120, you can spend a day in Chernobyl, Pripyat & the Red forest with a tour guide.
Pripyat, which is the town that was built by the soviets to house the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is totally deserted and has the most harrowing story behind it and my main purpose for going would be to get some amazing and emotive shots from the deserted streets, houses and schools.
A BBC News online journalist has taken the tour and posted their shots, here.
I could only hope to get some shots as good as these and be able to say, I’ve been to Chernobyl.
Itinerary for the day
We usually start at 9 a.m.
* Drive to Chernobyl with passing “Dytyatky” (on the border of the 30-km “Zone of Estrangement”).
* Arrival to Chernobyl. Meeting with the leadership of “Chernobylinterinform” Agency.
* On the way to Power Plant we pass 10-km border and check point
* Sightseeing of reactor # 4(from 100 m. distance).
* Visit to Pripyat. Sightseeing of “Dead town”.
* Stop near the “Red forest”.
* Return to Chernobyl. Lunch.
* Visit to the Scientific Centre (physical, radiochemical laboratories and others).
* Calling in “Opachychi” village, meeting with “resettlers”, people who have moved back to their villages after evacuation(optional).
* Passage to “Rossokha” village, cemetery of military machineries.
* Passage through Control Point “Dytyatky”. Measuring of radiation.
* Return to Kiev. (Back in Keiv around 6 p.m.)