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Diplomatic Wives touring Ukraine

 

In order to come to know a country well, you have to start ab ovo  that is from the egg to use an ancient Latin saying.

The General Department of providing services for diplomatic representations in Kyiv, Dipservice headed by Ms Halyna Menzheres, at the Kyiv City Council, is of the opinion that diplomats stationed in Ukraine should know as much about this country as possible. In addition to the regular services provided for the diplomats, the Department undertakes to organize all kinds of events on the occasional basis.

 

Diplomats are very busy people whose life is rigidly regulated by the diplomatic protocol. By contrast, their wives, most of whom are well-educated, well-read and remarkable people, are much freer to devote themselves to all kinds of culture promoting activities. For example, Mrs Nina Tarasyuk, the wife of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, initiates trips to various parts of Ukraine and the Dipservice helps her with organizational and logistical matters.

On one of the recent trips, fifteen charming women, the wives of diplomats from Indonesia, Nigeria, Latvia, Venezuela and other countries went on a trip to the ancient town of Pereyaslav in the Land of Kyivshchyna. The route to take had been carefully planned. It was in the area between the steppe and the forests that the ancient Slavic civilization came into being, and Pereyaslav stands more or less in the centre of this area. Besides, it was in the vicinity of Pereyaslav that the Dobranychiv encampment of the Cro-Magnon people was discovered some time ago. To build their dwellings, the Dobranychiv people used the tusks of mammoths rather than bricks or logs. Archeological evidence suggests that proto-Slavic tribes stayed put in that area for many centuries. The early written use of the word Ukraine is found in chronicles which mention the people of Pereyaslav who were bemoaning their loss  their ruler had died of wounds he had sustained in battle.

The Museum of Folk Architecture and Everyday Life in the Land of Naddnipryanshchyna which is situated in Pereyaslav is a major tourist attraction. The museum that occupies an area of 30 hectares has 385 exhibits that date from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including 5 wooden churches, 20 peasants houses and several windmills, all nicely arranged in the scenic place of Tatarska Hora. The museum also boasts a Scythian barrow with a well-preserved burial chamber in it (5th century BC), a dug-out of the 3rd or 4th century AD and a Cossack encampment of the 17th century. These relics were not brought from elsewhere but were reconstructed on the spots where the archeologists had found them.

Before leaving, the diplomats wives paid a visit to the Pereyslav Decorative Art Production Centre where they bought embroidered shirts, embroidered rushnyky (decorative towels) and embroidered tablecloths.

Ukrainian traditional ornaments, used in the embroideries, are a joy to the eye, no matter which part of our planet you come from.

 

By Andriy PYROHIV

Photos have been provided by Dipservice

 

Ms Halyna Menzheres, head of Dipservice,
and Nina Tarasyuk, the wife of the Ukrainian
Foreign Minister (front row).

 

A chapel on an island in a lake near The Museum
of Folk Architecture and Everyday Life, Pereyaslav.

 

Wives of the foreign diplomats enjoying Ukrainian
traditional embroideries in the Museum of Folk
Architecture and Everyday Life, Pereyaslav.

 

 

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