Post written by Gaynor Thorp after Weaving tour in June 2018.

Liz Davies and I had discussed for years the possibility of going on a weaving trip to Ukraine, after   meeting up with Nataliya  Cummings from Experience Ukraine at Hellen’s Manor. We had pored longingly over Nataliya’s beautiful photographs...

January 6, 2020

Kutya is one of the traditional Ukrainian dishes prepared on Christmas Eve. Victoria Frolova of Bois de Jasmin, with whom we’ll be traveling to Ukraine in June wrote an article about kutya on her blog.

Below she shares with us her grandmother’s recipe with two variations. 

Honey Kutya 

1 cup wheat berries...

Last month we were lucky enough to take an amazing food tour to Ukraine with Experience Ukraine and the chef Olia Hercules. Olia is a Ukrainian chef, now living in London. Her passion is preserving the traditional recipes of Ukraine and the surrounding region, by visiting home cooks, documenting their...

October 18, 2018

As a collector of textile animal trappings my trip to New York in November 2016 had to include a visit to the Ukrainian Museum’s temporary exhibition Carpathian Echoes: Traditional Textile Materials and Technologies in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and Ukraine, 222 East 6th Street.  But, who coul...

July 31, 2018

By Tiia Monto - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0


The Ukraine’s impressive size (603,700 square kilometres or 233,100 square miles) makes it home to a variety of climates and gorgeous natural landscapes. This is why the country has seen its fair share of film crews. Its diverse natural beauty is every cinem...

March 28, 2018

Recognised by the Observer as a Rising Star in Food, Chef Olia Hercules will be cooking a traditional four course dinner designed to celebrate the unique and flavourful foods of Ukraine.

This Taste of Ukraine evening is being organised in conjunction with specialist travel company Experience Ukraine in...

February 16, 2018

Our journey began at the Kiev train station in Ukraine. We were catching an overnight sleeper train all the way down to Mukachevo, a city in Transcarpathia. Feasting on an overnight train is crucial to anyone travelling in any country through Eastern Europe. It’s one of the best experiences and we star...

January 15, 2018

Most of us are so used to travelling to European countries that use Euros we‘ve forgotten what its like to travel somewhere with its own unique currency. But part of the beauty of our unique, tailor made holidays is that you are travelling somewhere unlike anywhere else in Europe.

Ukraine has its own cu...

December 19, 2017


I can't believe that we are nearly done with 2017 and in just a few days we are all going to be relaxing and celebrating Christmas in style.

We had a very busy year and I wanted to thank you all very much for your ongoing support. We held a big fundraising event at the beginning of 2017 to support a nu...

Impressions and Memories

The weaving is what brought us to Ukraine, but our holiday brought far more adventure, steeped in  another life, another time and place, than any of us had quite expected...

Before our arrival, the warm mid-May sun had already brought out the orchids in the lush carpet of grass a...

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