In early November 2014, I traveled to the west-central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, capital of the Vinnytsia region, which borders Moldova, and stayed one night in a delightful little private hotel. Although I only had a few hours to walk around the city and take pictures, I was immediately impressed. Though characterized by the usual sense of post-Soviet desolation, Vinnytsia was a very pleasant town by the standards of the ex-USSR. It felt peaceful and relatively happy, and the center featured several charming little restaurants and cafes. It was also unusual for the superior state of its streetcars (trams), each of which was clean and equipped with free Wi-Fi courtesy of the former mayor, Volodymyr Groysman, subsequently deputy prime minister of Ukraine and minister for regional development, and later speaker of parliament.
Vinnytsia was the site of famous mass killings by both the Soviet regime in the 1930s, and by the Nazi regime in the Second World War. Vinnytsia is also the town of origin of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, whose confectionary company – Roshen – has its headquarters and largest plant in the city. The Roshen plant is situated on a wide bend in the Southern Bug River, which comes down to Vinnytsia from Poland. Although surrounded by a concrete boardwalk, the area is nevertheless picturesque, and it was worth taking several pictures in the area. Unfortunately, I was unable to see enough of Vinnytsia, and thus hope very much to have the opportunity to return.
The first set of photos was taken with a Canon PowerShot G16, a point-and-shoot with non-changeable lens. Hence, they lack the richness and detail of those taken with a DSLR. But the G16 was all I had with me at the time of my November visit. In December, I visited again, when the river was frozen over and the snow more plentiful. Again, my time was brief, but I did have my DSLR with me, and was able to snap a few pics with that.