walked up to the LychakivskyCemetery,
it is a huge old cemetery; Ivan Franko is buried here. We spent an hour or so
walking through the graveyard taking pictures and just enjoying the day out.
There were many graves for soldiers of both World Wars. The graveyard is very
overgrown by the forest it is in, so it really made for some good pictures.
Melinda and I both were thinking how cool of a backdrop this place would make
for a film scene. Many of the graves have statues or busts of the person; which
adds the eeriness of the place.
started to rain here, so we are heading back to the hostel to take a nap and
just relax until the weather moves on. I decided to get in touch with an online
friend I have that lives here in Lviv. He is a fellow mountain biker that I
meet on Travbuddy.com while I was researching the city of Lviv.
We all meet up and he brought along his wife. They took us around their city
then we all hiked up a hill for a great view of the city. It was a nice little
hike up; the path spirals around the hill counterclockwise. We all talked the
whole time and he told us about growing up in Ukraine
and stories of his dad growing up here and how cool his dad was when he was
younger especially when he was able to get some Levi jeans. It was fun
listening to these stories. He says that during the days of communism people
had money but they could not buy things, and these days’ people have access to
items but not the money to buy these items. They took us to a very cool
restaurant that recreates the fill of an underground hideout in the forest that
the Ukrainian fighters used. We learned that during WWII these fighters fought
both the Germans and Russians equally. To gain access to the restaurant one
must pass the door guard. We have to say the secret password then drink a drink
that would kill a Russian in disguise. After we did not die
from the drink we headed down the stairs to the cellar where it looks like a
dug out underground hideaway. There are cool guns around that we took pictures
with and the plates are old military ones many like camping plates. The food we
had was alright, but the main attraction was the atmosphere and the company.
All three of us decided to get some t-shirts from this place. Melinda had a
hard time making up her mind which one she wanted, so she ended up with half
the supply of shirts. Our friends then walked around with us after dinner
showing us some cool sights at night and helping us get some last minute items
at the store; specifically Nutella! We said our goodbyes and called it a night.
Melinda then noticed she could not find one of the patches in her many bags
filled with shirts from the restaurant. I sent a text to my buddy and we meet up
again and headed back to the restaurant to either find it or buy another one. Our
buddy ended up buying another patch for Melinda. We headed back to crash for
the night; tomorrow we are off to Krakow, Poland.
I have heard horror stories on how long it can take to get across the border
Funny side note....Melinda ended up finding the patch the next day.
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