Visiting Ukraine #galicia #ukraine


We are seriously considering a trip to Ukraine to see the places where my grandparents lived. Yes, this is crazy, but I'm 75 and this war could last a long time. Kolomea, and Sokyriani are a long way from the front. I'm interested in your suggestions and information. Will we be a burden in a place with many hardships? Will there be places to stay, given the internal displacement? Can you recommend a guide? What can we take them that would be helpful? Where is the best place to fly into? Thank you --

Sherry Robinson, Albuquerque NM

Alex Girshovich

Sherry, from what I know, you should first understand where your roots come from. The war activities are mainly in the South-East and near the Balck Sea coast. So, check the map and decide if you can make it to the right place.
Secondly, there are no flights to Ukraine now. No flights at all. You'll have to fly to Krakov or another point near the Ukrainian border and continue by car. If you are not a Ukrainian speaker, so this is where your local guide should pick you up.

Visiting Ukraine these days may be a fascinating and once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it requires careful planning and a responsible and reliable local guide.
Remember that Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe, For example, the Western city of Lviv is in more than 1,000 km far from most of the places that star in the battle reports.

Alex Girshovich,
Jerusalem, Israel

Steven Turner

I toured the same region that you are planning to and I highly recommend Alex Denisenko - tuagtuag@.... as a guide. He lives in Liviv. He should be able to answer all of your questions.

He is an excellent researcher also which should help you in planning your trip.

Steven S. Turner
Roslyn, NY

Susan J. Gordon

In early November, 2006, my husband and I visited Lviv, Zbaraz, Skalat, and Chernivitsi - in western Ukraine. They are not very far from your ancestral towns. We began in Lviv, where tour guide, Alex Dunai, is based. He met us and escorted us everywhere. He handled all the arrangements for travel, meals, and where to stay. He was excellent! I had met him first at JewishGen conference in New York City. His recent email is aldunai@.... 

I wrote about our trip in my memoir, BECAUSE OF EVA: A Jewish Genealogical Journey, pub in 2016 by Syracuse U Press. Four chapters are devoted to Ukraine.

I hope you go! 

Susan J. Gordon
New York
LVIV Lempert
SKALAT Schoenhaut, Lempert
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