This weekend Eric and I got a sitter and headed out to explore a little bit of the city by ourselves. We were trying to find a place to park close to a pedestrian bridge but in the process found a pretty park and what we think is a children's theater. I thought this fountain was neat. We walked around the park for a while. There were tours of a water treatment plant... we think.
We did find the pedestrian bridge and walked across it to one of the islands in the Dnipro river. It wasn't the island we were hoping for but walked around a bit just the same and ate lunch by the river. This was our view from our table.
Next we decided to see the Iron Maiden, protector of the Motherland, getting there was a little tricky. We first drove by it and ended up on the highway out of town that seemed to have no exits to get off on to turn around. Eric has a way better sense of direction that I do (I seem to have none) and managed to end up right at our destination with up close parking. She's huge! She sets up high on a hilltop where you can see her in certain parts of the city looming up in the sky.
There is a museum underneath her but it was closed on the day we went. The Iron Maiden sits on top of Memorial Complex which has other statues, tanks, planes... other World War II related stuff. It was pretty neat and had a great view overlooking part of the city.