"Be carefull of loosing your mind there!" Lviv by cold_dead_bunny
Lviv Travel Guide: 760 reviews and 2,462 photos
... becouse you are walking on true history, terribly old cobble roads! Lviv is the perfect city in Ukraine to explore it for weeks, and each day open its new old secrets. Whereever you go, its goasts will watch you. Someone think that lots of houses there need repair, or reconstraction, but I have deffinatly other opinion - its old peeld off walls, houses without doors and windows, some cityzens self-constraction - no, noone should take that away! I guess, that is the main feature of Lviv - that is like stucked in the time and at once keep living its own life in its own way. Dont be lazy to check out each inner yard you came across, however scary it will first seems to you /dont forget, there people living and they dont afraid!!/ :), go up-starirs /dont touch the hand-rails - they will fall away!!/ and take a look on whole inner yard from some balcony or roof... (check my Travelogues to get more coments and photos on this theme) Thats really blow mind, coz you are in the city center, thats 21th century, and you are just in absolutely lonely, deafen, awfully old house and you cant belive that now to get back to civilization you should make your way again through this freaky wobbly wooden stairs /and dont touch the hand-rails!!/
heh, unfortunatly, at that moment in the city center authoritys make an reconstraction - they making new fancy cobble roads, somewhere laing asphalt, close up all holes in buildings... Looks really "european", but city losing its face... Despite, Lviv's city center in under protection of UNESCO, and local authotys now does not pay attention to its counsel and keeping on harmful reconstraction /and now on news much noice about it/. Everything to celebrate 750th birthday of city, wich was celebrated on 30th September 2006.
So dont hesitate, go for it and see this awesome city just like people centures ago saw it!
April 2008 update
Lviv in spring is ***ing brilliant. Fresh, bright, sunny, more or less free of tourists.
City had so changed in past 3-4 years. And, as for me, it had changed in bad way. Hard to understand it, if you havent seen it before. Way too much had been remade in city, but it looks kind of silly, when on surface you see houses all cute and repainted, but just 10 metres out of Rynok - almost ruins. True Lviv had dissappeared somewhere, and I miss it so much. My fave places to eat and drink, prices, people, the spirit of city - everything had changed. Yes, I know we gotta be soon in Europe, though Europe dont want us much. But it should not be the reason to loose individuality or pretend that everything what you are not. Its just sad.
If you havent been in Lviv before, Im sure you will love it, and enjoy spend time there. I still love it with all my heart.
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