16-Feb-2007 – Tamara, Sergey, Vitali, Denis, Ruslan, Serioga accompanied by Marek Wnuk visited this confluence at 11.45 am.
We started our trip from Kiev by bus on February 15th and the same day we reached Belgorod Dnistrovski. We visited the ruins of the old fortifications from XII century and spent the night there. On the next day we drove to the Village of Vilne. The last 30 km were practically off-roads and we had a lot of troubles to go through the swamps. Short before our goal we had to drag our bus out of the swamp. Fortunately the villagers came to help. Thank them! The people who lives in the Village of Vilne [Free Village] are native Bulgarians – they escaped from their country 180 years ago, persecuted by Ottoman Turkish. They still speak Bulgarian there and celebrate their old traditions. Some of them still use donkeys to pull their old wooden vehicles.
Last four kilometers we went by foot, walking through vineyards and grazing land, accompanied by the sound of bells of the sheep and goats who seemed to be astonished to see us there, exactly as their shepherds were.
The confluence point is in the middle of an old vineyard, on the small hill. The kids were quite disappointed, that there was nothing spectacular there. On the same day we drove back to Kiev.