L'viv - ЛЬ’ВІВ
Lviv Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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!