We took the overnight train from Kiev to Lvov Arriving early in the morning

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Misty dawn arrives as our train approaches Lviv
ARRIVING IN LVIV ON THE OVERNIGHT TRAIN FROM KYIV

I have difficulty sleeping on any moving conveyance so I was up as dawn was breaking on the outskirts of Lviv. the mist-shrouded scenery recalled Bram stoker's descriptions in his Dracula novel. As we approached the station we passed railway workers comng in for the day shift. Upon our arrival at Lviv railway station, we were picked up by a driver arranged by our tour arranger Liudmilla of CAM travel in Kiev. Unfortunately, our room at the George Hotel wasn't ready until the previous occupants checked out around 10:00am.

However that gave us the opportunity to walk around the main square and to watch the city wake up on a warm October morning.
Sculpture honouring Ukrainian nationalist poet Taras Shevchenko
The main square features an impressive bronze monumentr to Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian scholar, poet and nationalist. The monument has a larger than life statue of an avuncular Taras Shevchenko on one side and next to him a bronze shape showing characters and situations from his poems.  The monument is popular with Ukrainians who use it as a background for their photographs. Some also buy flowers from a flower seller in the square and leave them as a tribute to the poet.

At one end of the square is the Lvov Opera House decorated with statuary representing the arts and muses.  The main floor of the Opera House was surrounded by plywood construction fences when we were there but the posters were an interesting indication of programs that were popular with the locals.

Our guide appeared after we had an opportunity to check-in, shower and change. He had scheduled a walking tour of historic Lviv that included information about art, architecture, religion and politics of the region.


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Misty dawn arrives as our train ap…
Misty dawn arrives as our train a…
Sculpture honouring Ukrainian nati…
Sculpture honouring Ukrainian nat…
railway workers arriving for work.
railway workers arriving for work.
Kiev over-night train pulling into…
Kiev over-night train pulling int…
main square Lviv
main square Lviv
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statues on the Lvov Opera represe…
Lvov Opera House
Lvov Opera House
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one of the dramatic muses gracing…
statues on the Lvov Opera represen…
statues on the Lvov Opera represe…
statues on the Lvov Opera represen…
statues on the Lvov Opera represe…
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statues on the Lvov Opera represe…
Goodbye NATO!
Goodbye NATO!
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Grand Hotel, Lviv
Grand Hotel, Lviv
Grand Hotel, Lviv
Grand Hotel, Lviv
Lvov Hotels & Accommodations review
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