Touring the Medieval castle at Kamianets Podilsky anchored our Ukraine rest day, the final rest day of our eight-month expedition. Werner, Larry, Martin, Alfred, Peter H, Angelica, Terry & I listened intently while Anton, our guide in Russia and Ukraine, told the history of this well preserved castle. Our trip has been so much more than a ride around the world. We have Discovered Our Earth.”
Large notches, carved in each step on alternating sides, allowed feet to function on steeper than normal stair cases. An old motorcycle was suspended in motion, hung from the castle museum’s ceiling.
From the bridge to the castle, an ornate, blue domed church could be seen as were bountiful vegetable gardens below. The bridge to the castle is, still today, a vital transit link to connect the city with the area outside the steep banked walls above the river.
Just after crossing the castle bridge, Larry & I heard peaceful, string music. A young man was playing his instrument outside the restaurant that became our lunch destination. Under a slanted roof, our open air eating area had a great view of both the castle and the valley below.
The food presentation was a work of art. We did, however, pass on the “Exotic Dishes.”
A tradition in this area is for couples to engrave their names and wedding dates on padlocks, attach them to the fence on top of a bridge, then throw the key into the river below. Many locks decorated the fences here.
21 Jul Kamianets Podilsky Ukraine rest day
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