L'viv - ЛЬ’ВІВ

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In L'viv

The landscape between the border and L'viv (Lwow in Polish) reminds Ana of Extremadura in the springtime... hmmm...  It's green with lots of wide open spaces.  The highway itself isn't so great - but I like driving along these old roads, you don't need to go so fast anyway because the faster you go, the less you see.  There were many people walking along the highway - old ladies with scarves covering their heads, some  people leading cows, some men pulling carts loaded with hay and things.  We also passed a few tractors loaded with hay.  So, it's not a road to speed through. Not only for safety but for everything you can see, it's better to take it easy.  At one point a pack of about 10 dogs wandered across the road. I wouldn't want to be on a bike or motorcycle.

In L'viv
  Getting to L'viv was easy.  Every few miles there were signs and we quickly figured out what L'viv looks like in Cyrillic letters - ЛЬ’ВІВ.  Actually, the indications along the road were more plentiful and easier to follow than the ones in Poland where you often need some intuition to find your way! 

We got into the city and found a main street with some hotels on it.  It's a pretty city, so far, with lots of trees and parks and some beautiful architecture.  We parked in front of one of the hotels and asked about a room.

  No problem, but a little pricey, so we decided to look at another one and compare.  We finally found the "Hotel George" ГОТЕЛЬ  ЖОРЖ  It's a blast from the past! a faded rose... with beautiful architecture inside and out.  The first hotel was more like any old hotel you find in any city - but George promised to be different... unique... so, we asked for a room.  Turns out that the only room available would be in 2nd class - bathroom and shower down the hall - what the heck, it's only a night! So, we went to our room.  If you could turn the room over on it's side there'd be more room - the ceilings are over 12 feet high! There's a sink, a little closet a table, two chairs and two little beds...  There's also an apple core on the night table, but whatever, I just threw it in the trash.
...  220 Hrivnas per night which is like 30 Euros. 

After checking in we had to find a place to legally park the car - I don't even want to imagine what getting back a towed car would be like here! We found a parking space close to the hotel - but could only leave it there until 7 or 8 in the evening.  There was a parking attendent for the street and he quickly found us and managed to get 30 UAH out of us.  OK, it's only around 4 Euros - not to worry, but I felt ripped off somehow.  Ana needed another memory card for her camera, so we stepped into a camera shop close to where we parked. The clerk there was extremely helpful and we got the needed card at a great price.  After that, cameras in hand, we started exploring L'viv.  There are some beautiful buildings here.

  We went into an old palace from Austro-Hungarian times (this was part of Austro-Hungary and also was part of Poland in the past).  The building was beautiful inside and out. There were some brides and grooms doing there wedding pictures there. 

We were feeling hungry, hot, thirsty and tired and found a café for a beer and some lunch...  The waitress was really nice and we managed to get what we wanted using Polish.  We had chicken, potatoes and salad.  It was really good.  The only people I've found so far who speak English are the hotel receptionists and the clerk in the camera shop.  After lunch we explored most all of the old town and also an area that was forest - as if we were in the middle of nowhere right in the midst of the city.

The details on a lot of the building are really fantastic

The old town in L'viv is beautiful.  Some of the buildings are fantastic - many look as if they have recently been painted.  We wandered all over the place and were about to go into the Cathedral when my mom and dad called.  I spent a few minutes on the phone with them, before continuing with the visits.  I noticed that there are many Georgian flags flying - in support of Georgia given the current situation.

After the Cathedral we found the car and moved to an overnight car park.  We were advised by the receptionist at the hotel that with foreign plates it's likely that it could be broken into or stolen, so we took care of that.   

For the most part, the people we have dealt with here haven't been too friendly.

  Starting with the border police! But, then again, are border control police ever friendly?  It must be a job requirement!  I did expect that they'd have some notions of Polish or English - but no, the ones we met just shout when you don't understand them as if that would make you suddenly understand a foreign language!! I had to control myself to keep from laughing - it was funny.... But, I figure laughing might have made things worse.  In all, we've done really well today - police, parking attendants, waiters and waitresses - we managed to make ourselves understood and manage to understand them.  It's nice to realize that none of this makes me nervous.

Finally it got a little late, we went to a terrace in the old town and had a sandwich and a drink before returning to the hotel and going to sleep.  Fitting into the bed is a challenge! 

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In Lviv
In L'viv
In Lviv
In L'viv
The details on a lot of the buildi…
The details on a lot of the build…
St. George
St. George
St. George
St. George
Monument to Adam Mickiewicz - auth…
Monument to Adam Mickiewicz - aut…
I barely fit in the bed.  If it wa…
I barely fit in the bed. If it w…
This is part of the staircase in t…
This is part of the staircase in …
Hotel corridor
Hotel corridor
Entrance to a palace from Autro-Hu…
Entrance to a palace from Autro-H…
Inside the palace, the wooden stai…
Inside the palace, the wooden sta…
The entire building was full of lo…
The entire building was full of l…
The bride and groom are there wait…
The bride and groom are there wai…
Exterior of palace we visited.
Exterior of palace we visited.
We stopped at this little cafe for…
We stopped at this little cafe fo…
Somebody was very tired!
Somebody was very tired!
This foresty area in the midst of …
This foresty area in the midst of…
I saw lots of cool old cars in Lv…
I saw lots of cool old cars in L'…
More of that same forest - we were…
More of that same forest - we wer…
At the end of the forest, heading …
At the end of the forest, heading…
Another late model car - this one …
Another late model car - this one…
Pretty street with a tree-lined r…
Pretty street with a tree-lined "…
a view of our hotel
a view of our hotel
Ukrainian history monument
Ukrainian history monument
still couldnt get over how many o…
still couldn't get over how many …
Lviv
photo by: Biedjee