What’s Your Name? (Competition)

My name is Ann and yours? This phrase plays an important role in every day’s life. It has a profound effect on everyone. Especially if you have an unusual name, which might be not clear from the first pronounce. It may even lead to some confusion (in case you still don’t remember his/her name) or a smile at someone’s face. Nevertheless, it is a powerful way of successful communication.

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Every name is unique as its owner. In my country it is not so popular to celebrate name days, however, in Europe and other part of the world it is a wide known reason to have a party with some presents. People cannot be satisfied with only one day per year celebration (birthday), so they came to the conclusion that they need an extra one. Surely, I know that the custom originated with the Catholic and Orthodox calendar of saints, where believers, named after a particular saint, would celebrate that saint’s name day.

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There are really name ways to celebrate your nameday and every country competes for the most extravagant. Unfortunately, I heard only about quite typical traditions including exchange of greetings and presents for this day. I believe it could be nice to witness a very bizzare tradition of celebration with some kind of smashing cakes like Americans do for their birthdays, or “bumps” given to kids at their birthdays in UK, or in Jamaica, a person can expect to have his or her special day celebrated by having copious amounts of flour thrown at them from friends, family and occasionally random onlookers alike, or in Hungary (as well Ukraine), where following the opening of the presents all tug on the earlobes of the lucky birthday boy or girls and etc. It can be pretty nice to establish some particular traditions for namedays as well. What do you think, my little Fellows? Any weird ideas? How do you celebrate your nameday or birthday (if celebrate)? And what does your name mean?

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I’d love to hear your stories…please, please! And the most interesting answers will get a reward, one of the postcards presented in this post upon your choice for free! How about it? Aren’t you interested? The winner will be announced next Friday, June 8, in the beginning of my next scheduled post. Your reward will be delivered to you via post on the address provided to me personally (secrecy guaranteed)!

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Happy weekend!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

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Whity Wonders…

Whity

George Whitey is a serious young rabbit who would like to discover this world and understand how everything works. He is very curious (and not only  about some delicious vegetables served him as a daily meal) about almost everything around him. Ge Whitey is a rabbit whose long ears are able to catch the smallest world vibration, he is usually frustrated by his ability to catch those weird signals, nevertheless, he is intended to use it  for his own sake. That’s why he does not like sitting in his cage for a long time. He likes going out and wondering what’s going on?

Therefore, Ge Whitey wonders why people do eat meat and other strange food. Ge is completely satisfied with his daily menu which includes: a variety of greens such as cabbage/kale/broccoli/parsley/mint (keep in mind that it should be in small amounts to avoid stomach problems), 25g (an eggcup-full) of pellets, carrots and apples (hm, most delicious) and etc. In fact, Whitey believes that healthy green food might help many people loose their extra weight and feel much better.  Hey, fatties did you hear that? Some of you who are afraid to look at the mirrors can take good care of themselves by simply eating more greens. And that’s not too difficult.

Whity and His Girlfriend

Mr Whitey knows that a key to good spirit and happiness is a lovely partner. Whitey wonders why there are loners at this planet, it shouldn’t be, it’s not right. Recently, George met a sweet lady Martha who is the pretties female rabbit in his neighborhood. Unlike people (who think too much of that odd flirt and courtesy rules) Ge just ran to Martha as soon as he saw her and brought her the whole cabbage hidden under his straw bed for special occasions. Martha was so impressed with his gift that she immediately fell in love with him. As it is known the road to rabbit’s heart goes through the master’s garden with delicious cabbage, right, guys!

George Whitey and Martha Bell will go marriage soon as Martha is already in some “interesting state”…woooho, don’t worry, folks, this is the 21st century, let’s take it easier. A wedding ring or a stamp in the passport is not that important. Let’s be honest. Many of the brides wear white innocent dresses due to the fashion only, am I right? Most of them are not so innocent already…please no offense! It is life, Mr Whitey understands that soooo well!

Whity Wonders

In case Ge meets some life problems (there might be not enough carrot in his master’s garden) he tries to go out and even imagine (for a while) that he is a human. It’s quite a promising experiment that might provide you with unexpected results. Whitey thinks that such transplantation (excuse me, transformation) can let your relax and forget your problems. Additionally,  you will try to imagine what other much more serious problems exist in this world and then yours seem already not that serious as before. Do you have any doubts? Then try it…let me know!

Whity Ignores You

Being angry is not the the best state, but Whitey suffers from it quite often.  He usually sits in the way shown in the picture and pretends that he ignores you by showing his little tail. Ge Whitey recommends you to stay away from him and let him cool down. I guess everybody can have such a mood at least once in their life, so don’t disturb each other and you may avoid some storm at a sunny day!

Sometimes Whitey finds difficult to cope with Martha’s caprices. Aw, that women. Who will ever understand them!  Very often Martha is a caring partner who makes their home so cozy. However, when she needs something extraordinary (like an apple juice in the middle of the night), oh my, Whitey pretends to be sleepy and does not respond to her bumps. Martha is also a bit crazy about cleaning, she claims that everything has its own place. Who can blame her for that? Ge although sometimes does not understand her rules of order, he likes to leave things somewhere closer to reach. Not to mention that ladies usually have periods of drastic mood changes, oops, better to be as far as possible and bring her something sweet in order to avoid the waves! No matter of anything, Whitey knows that life is happy only if Martha is somewhere close and chews her greens. He feels content and ready to face all the problems.

Little Whity

Ge Whitey is a smart guy, he is just a rabbit, but his thoughts and ideas sound not bad. I can learn from him a lot. I also like wondering and ask many questions, just sometimes I still get no answers to many of them. Rabbits or humans, we are very different, however, maybe similar at the same time. I am not going to go so deep as to compare our anatomical structures and so on, I prefer looking at Whitey and his family and get some positive energy from them. They seem so funny with their big ears, clumsy jumping and noses poking to everything which looks eatable. They discover this world and wonder why it works in such a complicated, most of the time, strange way. So I also wonder…

Wish you a wondrous day!

Ge Whitey, Martha Bell, and Ann 

 

 

 

You Know What I Like Most About People? Pets.


Mr Cat and Mrs Dog

Just look at these cute creatures? Don’t they look so sweet and innocent as well as deadly serious and ready to protect you from this cruel world. Mr Cat and Mrs Dog are our most loyal friends who will never betray us and always support and understand. You do not need to explain them anything, they are nimble-minded and next to you every second. They will never let you down, they can easily save your life and make it brighter. They are just your best friends!

Party Cats

Mr Cat has its own character and personality. He likes to be in the center of attention and sitting in your hands or on your lap. He is a bit cunning and does not trust people whom he has never seen, but you can attract his attention with something delicious (doe example, fish). He curls up in your lap, rubs against your leg as he walks by, and purrs that lovable purr. Mr Cat guards his territory and fights for it like a wild tiger, he cannot stand being not the only one. You may even call him a “prince” because he likes putting on airs. He chooses his outfits in brand shops and pretends to be a fashionist. And if you give a pat behind his ear, everything seems to be all right again. However, Mr Cat can be moody from time to time and then his tail makes impulse moves almost electrical, then it is better hide somewhere under bed and let him deal with his problems alone. Better not touch him and give him some time to calm down. Mr Cat likes sleeping on your pillow, so you better move and get out of his way. He is a fan of the keyboard, somehow he feels comfortable lying on the buttons when you try to type something. Mr Cat is your best friend who supports you and shares with you everything even the time spent in toilet, since he comes there only if it is occupied by you! By the way, he does not like the sign “occupied” and closed doors, do not expect to have any privacy!

Party Dogs

Mrs Dog is a charming young lady, very playful and energetic. She likes greeting you and bringing slippers every time you come back home. If you are under stress, these sweet innocent eyes will just look at you and you feel relaxed at once. She comes to you when you need her and she helps to deal with your problems. But do not be lazy after work, Mrs Dog needs a walk twice a day as minimum and be ready to play with her, give her commands and training. She likes when the owner shows her dominance, she feels confused when the owner does not know what to do. In case something goes wrong, she will be the first to alarm. She has a great danger sensing capacity, she will rescue you in any situation without thinking about her life. You will never feel lonely with her by your side. Although sometimes she likes jumping and spoiling some of your furniture or pressing buttons on your remote control. She may find chewing your socks or other clothes rather exciting, distracting her will take lot of efforts. She might even break something, so be ready to say goodbye to some of your vases. Nevertheless, Mrs Dog is your best company ever, she will make your life warmer, kinder and more exciting, you will never feel lonely, angry or sad! She will make it special!

Friendship

Moreover, better than Mr Cat and Mrs Dog can be only a mixture of them, when you have both or even a couple of them. As in the picture above, a sweet company who will bring additional sense to your routine life. As it is said “animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms”, isn’t it true?

If you have a pet, tell us something about him or her (or them)! Looking forward to hearing your amazing stories!

Enjoy the company of your lovely pets at weekend and woof…meow!

Yours Ann

 

Friday Evening Before Christmas

Friday Evening

Dear Friends, I suppose your last working week before Christmas holidays was extremely busy. Christmas shopping that drives you crazy because lady in a blue hat took the last porcelain set of cups what you have already thought of to buy for your mom or because another lady in big glasses and pink shoes took the last toy railroad or Barbie, which your son  or daughter dreamt of. Your gifts list is still too long, Christmas tree is standing naked without any lights and decoration, you feel a bit guilty since Christmas green-ladies cannot be left without diamonds…Beth Taylor always thought that “Big girls need big diamonds”and you absolutely agree with her.

Christmas Tree

Moreover, you do not have all ingredients for Christmas dinner, your hubby did not do shopping today – he went for Christmas party with colleagues and drank more then his body can survive…

Dinner

So how about Friday going out?  Leave everybody and everything as it is and relax, you definitely deserved it. I guess a comedy play in one of local theaters can be a good choice?

Theatre

Let us relax today and enjoy Friday evening several days before Christmas! Do you feel excited? I do…every time I am in the Holy Place of Art…

Inside

The third bell rang and spectators took their seats…although some of them are chewing their sandwich in the buffet… Hey, dude, actors are already behind the curtain and wait for you. A reminder that Mobile phones should also be turned of has already been pronounced…show time!!!

Yours Ann

Light vs Shadow

My Shadow

Light is the primary tool of the photographer even for Lily. Light for her was not only the magical tool of photo-exposure, but also the source of her internal energy. She seems to be lack of light, since it gives her life a meaning, when everything revives around her and results in a life-altering chain of events that make sense.

Shadow Dance

Lily lived in her or her parents’ shadow most of her time. All her family members were very talented and successful, while she became their bad luck. She seems to be not so lucky, however, in reality she was protected from large disasters. Her angel has a very unusual sense of humor; nevertheless, he did his job very well. And being a witness of the passionate kiss between Eros and Rose brought her back to the shadow.

Walk in the Shadow

She was caught in panic. Shadow embraced her and left her in total darkness of the night. It seemed like the air was getting darker as she walk passed multiple trees. Lily did not see anything, it was pitch dark. Why she felt like that – this question tormented her day and night. At the same time she was afraid she was jealous. The light was actually coming from this couple. This light helped Lily to go through the darkness of her thoughts and look at this-supposed-to-be-happy world. A kiss is the connection of two souls that is usually accompanied with unbelievable divine light similar to a rainbow. Rose and Eros seemed to light Lily’s world. She found her light road.

Road of Light

With these thoughts in her head Lily was slowly walking along her light road. She wanted to find her perfect spotlight and was fully immersed in it that did not recognize a silhouette approaching her. Only through her camera lenses a familiar shape started to come into sight. It was a great surprise to her, Lily made two steps back and awkwardly felt not on her soft body part.

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It was quite painful!

“Ouch”, she hardly uttered a word and started to feel how pain spread through her legs. She did not pay attention to that known silhouette who was already by her side .

Between Shadow and Light

“Miss Lily, what are you doing here?” seriously asked he looking directly into her eyes. Suddenly Lily fixed her eyes on him. This clumsy girl gasped for air. Lily Crown was staring at Eros in the most inappropriate way. “Men should not have such beautiful eyes, it is not fair” was buzzing in her little head. 

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“Halloo, are you all right? Say something…” worriedly Eros continued asking her. At that instant Lily realized that she has to answer. She wanted to say a joke or something clever, but…

Hiden Between

“Interesting, you usually ask people questions as soon as you meet them, why not  just say “hello””, Lily was curious. She tried to get up, but sharp pain paralyzed her moves.

Play of Light and Shadow

” A well-timed remark considering that you currently suffer from pain since your landing was not so lucky”, smiled he and filled her soul with magnificent light. Her life was a shadow yet, however, inside she felt intoxicating light that was creeping deeper.

Sun On Leaves

Today Lily wanted to play with light and make her perfect pictures. In reality she received something else. 

Light is Found

Lily was in physical pain from falling directly on coccyx, while her state of mind was filled with fabulous blue-eyes-light.

Undercover

Similar analogy can be found in life. Sometimes there is a harmony between our body and soul. The other time, one of them is out of happy circle. Then light is in a conflict with shadow.

Walking Through

It can be pretty good if light can always win over shadow. Just imagine! Well, it may be hard to accept and to take in, but everything is in our hands and depends on us.

Light Magic

Lily was in Eros’ hands now. She could not walk, she desperately tried to avoid his help, she failed. He lifted her up like she was a feather. What a strong man!

Yellow Composition

However, they did not go home at once. Lily insisted on stopping every time when she saw her perfect light.

Background

They made a quite funny picture. A tall and strong man was bringing a lady with photocamera in her hands. Every five minutes she asked him to stop to make a picture. What could he do? He was not able to find any argument against it.

In the Shadow

She was too decisive to capture that special moment when light penetrates through darkness, shadows vanish, and beauty sparkles with sun light. Lily’s ideal light moment…

Shining on You

Wish you more light in your life!

Yours Ann

During the Drive or After the Kiss

Red Thoughts

And so Eros kissed Rose and his kiss was very needy and hungry. Rose has been kissed several times, but this time it was very different. Fortunately for Rose it did not last too long. Eros felt that he looses his control and he awkwardly stopped it. He silently looked at her and stepped back. Rose felt dizzy. Several seconds became like long hours for both of them. They just stood and stared wide-eyed at each other. Eros could not recall  more embarrassing moment in his entire life. He wished the earth could swallow his up. Nevertheless, he understood that somebody should be brave enough to stop this delusion and since it was exactly his fault, he decided to take the control.

“I…I suppose we have to come back, it’s getting late”, murmured Eros and headed towards the car. Rose did not respond, she just followed him and could not think logically. She even could not remember where they are and what day it is. She felt stupid and childish…She obediently sat to the car and they started going back. Since their journey was in total silence when one could hear a pin drop, Rose and Eros felt themselves better and each of them lost in their thoughts…

Rose looked at the window and saw a breathtaking view between the mountains.

 Breathtaking Mountains

Her heart jumped for delight. She loved this place so much. It was a response to her blood call. Rose was half-Ukrainian, her mom Svetlana was Ukrainian. She knew Ukrainian as well as English and visited this charming country many times. As fate has willed she came back to her country together with family. Due to all the mess with her position and arrangements she forgot how much she wanted to come back here. Now she is here and she felt stupidly happy. Ukraine is not the most stable country in the world and people live here poorly, Rose knew it very well. Her grandparents stayed here and their situation can be called pretty difficult if not the support provided by her mom. Svetlana did her best to support her parents financially and her husband helped her. Svetlana, a typical Ukrainian girl from Kiev, has never expected that she will be a wife of such a respectable young diplomat. Her dancing career “led” her directly to his arms. As soon as David Spice saw her he knew that she is going to be his wife. It was a fairytale ending with happy ever after. Later fairytale was over and as it is said by Lev Tolstoy “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – Spices also went through different times, but they survived due to their “spice” skills. A spicy mixture of British traditionalism and Ukrainian kindness.

Ukrainian Couple

And here again a very beautiful landscape, Rose could not tear herself away from the picture…

Between the Mountains

as well as Eros…though Eros was a typical British man, he also liked this country. He has been traveling a lot; however, he has never seen such powerful mountains and magical waterfalls. Waterfall

This picturesque waterfall is located in 7 kilometers from Skole town. This is a very popular destination among the tourists, as it is also a geological nature monument. It is located on the river Opir among the dense Carpathian forest. Waterfall’s cascade falls into a small natural pool where tourists like to swim. However, the water is pretty cold…

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Every time Eros drove on serpentine roads through forests along the rivers and magnificent yellow fields he felt himself so excited and so right like at home. He felt as if he belonged here, to this blue and yellow island…

 UA

The flag of Ukraine consists of two equal sized horizontal stripes – the top stripe is light blue and the bottom one is yellow. The blue half represents peace, the sky above Ukraine and the country’s streams and the yellow represents prosperity and the color of the country’s wheat fields. The link between blue-and-yellow and Ukraine goes back to antiquity, well before the Christian era, “when yellow and blue prevailed in traditional ceremonies, reflecting fire and water”. Another possibility is that the color scheme comes from the coat of arms of the western city of Lviv, which features a yellow lion on a blue background. Country is full of blue and yellow colors wherever you look. Indeed, aside from the colors found in nature (sky, fields, leaves, trees, lakes, streams), even cars, trucks, trains, homes, bread containers, railway stations, corridors, are painted blue and yellow, not to mention that Ukrainian ladies prefer wearing blue and yellow nowadays. These are warm colors that give us something positive. Looking at the sky brings you comfort. I adore watching clouds which are in constant drift – eternal wanderers who had  passed days upon days, journeys without number.

Eternal Wanderer

 This emotional kiss with Rose remembered Eros how sweet life can be if there is a woman next to him. He almost forgot this amazing feeling. Surely he was not ready to change his life too much, but some interesting ideas appear in his head now. He wanted to give a chance to this new feeling…although he did not know yet that love affairs sometimes involve the odd flower out since every unknown flower can be sweeter than the tasted one…

Wild Flower

Both of then did not notice Lily and presence of a third person…they were too absorbed with each other…but Lily was there and now she felt so overwhelmed with what she saw that she hardly know what to do…

Summer Night Swimmers

To be continued!

Wish you many happy moments!

Stay in touch and let me know whether you like my story,

Yours Ann

All Roads Lead to … L’viv or Eros and Rose Delicious Date

Lviv Ice CreamEros woke up…this morning earlier. His dream-fantasy made him exhausted, his body and brain flooded with pleasure. He had been wrung like a sponge. He hardly stirred from his bed. Eros was curious why a short message on his birthday from someone he even does not know made him lose his head. His life was so calm and stable, he got used to his bachelor’s life and did not let himself feel so stressed over women. Eros could not let him feel so confused and so helpless. He took himself and his emotion in hand, had a very cold (almost icy) shower and came downstairs for breakfast. Eros Clumsy had a usual lovely breakfast chat with his mom as if nothing has happened. He deleted this strange message from his phone and went to work. He was decisive and refreshed, ready to immerse fully into his adorable work. As a senior computer administrator Eros has been dealing with many software tasks at the UK Council in Ukraine. He liked his job and did it very well. He even received a diplomatic status and moved from country to country. Dolly always followed his son and enjoyed every new designation. They learn new languages together and exchange experiences. When he came to his office he was smiling until he found out that today will not be the same as he get used it. Immediately he should go for a business trip to L’viv to install some software. Surely he was not against some summer trip to a very nice city, but somehow he felt odd about his new task for today. Maybe was something in the air or it was because of his sleepless night. Eros got to his car and started the engine…A few seconds later the door of the car burst open and a woman’s silhouette slowly slipped to the car saloon. As soon as he dropped his eyes on her Eros knew…she was Rose,  a flower or a woman whose late evening message turned his life upside down…

“Good day, Mr Clumsy! I am ready to go!” Rose said cheerfully, closed the door and took off her summer glasses. While arranging her things and mini-skirt she recognized that she did not hear any reply back. She turned her head and looked directly at him. And the picture she saw was impressive. Eros was sitting motionless like a frozen statue, his eyes wide open and he did not breathe…at least it seemed to her. This view made her feel uneasy, she thought that he might not feel himself well. She slowly touched his elbow.

“Is everything alright, Mr Eros”, – she asked worriedly. Eros suddenly became aware of her touches and words. He jerked back his arm and pressed on gas pedal. They journey to L’viv was in silence. In the city Rose and Eros had a strange conversation based on some jokes from Rose’s side, however, Eros was in his most awful mood. Moreover, when he found out that she will be his boss and that from now on he will work with her and that this is not exactly a business trip rather a test for him he understood that he  got caught…

Coffee Mine XIX Century

This is a picture of an entrance to a very famous Coffee Mine in L’viv, yeah, you did hear me right, a mine. This picture was made in XIX century. You may guess that it is not a real mine, since we know too well how coffee is made, it cannot be simply dug out from the ground. Otherwise everybody who has a plot can try his/her luck. The owners of this coffee shop are smart enough to make their future clients intrigued and believe me it works.

StrudelAnyway, whatever one may think, this is not a simple coffee shop, but a real museum of coffee and its production. Here a choice of coffee will surprise you a lot because it is very diverse and for all tastes. I even do not mention the deserts that are so yammi.

Every time Rose was in L’viv she cannot refuse herself a very small caprice – a cup of Benderivs’ka coffee with strudel and ice-cream. However, today she ordered ice-cream for Eros to cajole him at least a bit. His attitude and behavior were so cold, she could not imagine that. She knew how odd he was, but that was even beyond her expectations. Rose pined her hopes on the delicious flavor of ice-cream that must melt his heart (literary and figuratively).

Cups of Coffee

While they were siting and enjoying friendly atmosphere of this coffee mine Rose decided to try to find out what was wrong with him and she kindly asked him, “Eros, why are you so angry at me? Did I do something wrong? I confess that my style of testing my future employees is not so common and maybe even called unusual, but I prefer getting to know my colleagues in informal way, this is my know-how and…”, Eros abruptly stopped her with his gesture and quickly replied, “Miss Flower or…sorry, miss Rose, who can be happy to get such a strange message almost at midnight from an unknown person…it is not polite, did not your parents teach you the manners?”

Oh, so that made you angry at me…I see” Rose made a sigh and smiled. “Then why do not you get your belt and give me a spanking?

“Very funny, miss Spice”, shortly admitted Eros and stared at her. She was too beautiful like from his dream, so he cannot be angry at her, but he was not ready to leave his guard off. He knew that as soon as he let her in he would not have peace in his life. 

Coffee Pots

This coffee mine is a kind of shop as well. Here you can find very nice cups and kettles.

Lions Everywhere

You should remember that L’viv is a city of lions, so lions will follow you everywhere whenever you go. It is said, Lviv, or as it is often called Lemberg, reminds Prague, Vienna or Krakow by its atmosphere. This is a city where every street, every cobblestone retains its legend. His majestic name tells a rich history of the city. According to legends of the old chronicles, Lviv was founded by Prince Danylo Galician and named a city after his son Leo Danylovych. However, citizens love to tell another romantic legend about the origin of the city.
Once upon a time, near the high mountains around the area of future Lviv city there were small villages. The mountains were covered with forests, where farmers successfully hide from attacks of enemies. But once a luck turned away from them – people began to disappear. It was found out that they were stolen by the king of beasts – the lion. He lies in wait for those who dare to walk alone in the wood, stun them by a big paw and eats victims in his cave. Panic swept all the villages in the district.
Once in the tavern appeared a brave knight, who promised to kill the predator. He asked to forge so strong sword and armor that none force could break or bend it. Village blacksmiths worked all day and night long without a break, but in vain. It seemed as inevitable bad luck.
A traveler who got lost somewhere has come to tavern to eat. He said he knew how to conquer the beast. Let all the young girls prick a little finger by needles, drop  two or three drops of blood to a common Chan, where weapons and armor should be dipped.
The farmer did it. And the lion’s fangs and claws could not do anything with enchanted armor. Then mighty cut a head of furious lion by magic sword and exclaimed  “People you are free!”.  Since then, the mountain where this story has happened was  called lion mountain, and the town that grew up under the mountain – Lviv.
If  this story was real, or just imagination of the people, no one knows.  But a fact is that Lviv city fascinates anyone who at least once visited here.

Chocolate Heaven

L’viv can be called a chocolate city, since every you step you see various chocolate shops and you cannot pass by…chocolate is too delicious and aromatic…meeting the serious demands of even the most critical chocolate fans. Legend has it that Chocolate from Lviv was well-known from the middle ages. In the 19th century, chocolate was exported from Lviv to aristocracy throughout Europe.

A Man in Chocolate Cage

Here you can find only hand-made chocolate, which is a bit more expensive, but it’s worth, trust me. On the ground floor of this chocolate shop you can even watch the process of its production. In my film devoted to L’viv you can see it through the glass windows. Everything is open for visitors.

Adam Mitskevitch Monument

Rose did not manage to melt Eros’s heart even with the help of huge dark chocolate bar, he was still silent and only answered her questions concerning their future work together. Unfortunately he showed his indifference and sometimes hostility towards her, which made Rose very upset. She did not get used to give up and she did not get used to refuses. Rose Spice was the young daughter of David Spice who adored and satisfied all her wishes, she has never heard any “no” answers in her life. Now she also felt that inexpugnable wall should be broken very soon…

Alive Bier

L’viv can be also called a brewing city…here you can taste a live beer almost at every corner. Beer was brewed in Lviv since XV century and in 1533 Polish king has issued a decree allowing brewing beer in the city. Important role was also played by monasteries, where monks were brewing this wonderful drink from best hops, molt and pure artesian water. Owing to its quality Lviv beer shortly became popular in Austro-Hungarian Empire. And now in the time of Ukraine independence beer in Lviv doesn’t lose its legendary taste and quality and is popular among citizens and tourists.

Flower Clock

“Isn’t this clock beautiful,” babbled Rose and stopped next to it.

“Yes, maybe,” coldly replied Eros and turned his head. He looked at her once again as if he wanted to check whether she was a reality or a vision. Eros again felt himself not so well. Rose also turned and simply stare directly into his eyes. The tension between them could have been cut with a rusty knife. He saw a curiosity and stubbornness that leaped in her eyes, but he also saw a flicker of interest and gentleness. She was Amazon strength and beauty in her white suit. She was gorgeous, tempestuous and hot.  He felt that he lost his control…

Maybe…that’s all what you can say about this wonderful and charming flower clock, now I can really understand what a difficult time in office is waiting for me with such a cold, callous, aloof and insensate to any beauty man who…” Rose could not finish her sentence because her lips were quickly covered with his and he kissed the breath out of her…

Caramel World

You can make lot’s of window picture while walking L’viv streets. This is the pictures of the city made of caramel (boiled sweet). Have you every tasted it? The first types of caramel were hard candies that date back to the 17th century. In America, the settlers cooked sugar and water together to make these sweet treats. Caramels were a candy staple for many years because the ingredients were affordable, they were easy to make at home and they had a long shelf life.

Opera House

If you did not see Opera House, it means you did not see L’viv, it’s the city cultural symbol. If you ask someone who sight of architecture he\she likes the most, you will hear a certain answer that the Opera and Ballet theater named after Solomiya Krushelnytska is the one. Local people never stop saying that there are no even than the Opera is and it is one of the most beautiful not only in Europe but in the whole world.

L’viv is a very symbolic city of Western Ukraine. It does not look like any other Ukrainian city, it mostly looks like any other Western Europe city with many narrow streets like in Italy, typical architecture like in Poland and beer pubs like in Germany. You will not feel here like abroad, most probably you feel yourself here as cozy as at home. My advice to you to come here in autumn or winter when the tourist season is not so high and the city shows you its charm in full.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours Ann

L’viv in English (Part 2)

After enjoying a nice cup of Banderivska coffee and ginger tea, we continue our lovely trip around L’viv.

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    Modern L’viv is a many-sided and contrasting city, but always – comfort and stylish. Let me mention the following interesting facts about it:
– many software programs for such famous Hollywood films as Spiderman, Harry Potter, Hulk and etc have been developed here;
– every fifth person in this city is student, this is a city of youth;
– L’viv is situated at the same distance (500 km) from three European capitals: Warsaw, Budapest, and Kiev.
    In L’viv there are also many nice nature places. One of them is Stryiskiy Park. It is not only a very beautiful park, but also a popular place to get some fantastic photos. You may not believe me, there I found my own winter muse, who whispered in my ear some ideas where to take my winter pictures. Below you find several pictures, which caught my breath. Hope they will make the same effect on you!

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A good poem that express completely my emotions (written not by me, I am not so talented yet):

Piles of snow beneath my boots
chilly winds blowing everywhere
snow keeps mounting on the posts
on the windows and on the roads
shovels outside,
soups inside
hot and rich,
chicken and corn
coming back from all the work
this is what I look for
the warm chestnuts,
the cracking fire
this is my winter warmth

While I was walking I met my sweet friends – squirrels. I shared with her a piece of apple and she decided to take it. I didn’t have nuts at that moment, hope she/he wasn’t disappointed. Cute!

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      If you are in L’viv, you should visit its chocolate shops, where chocolate is produced and sold. There is a big choice; even the most experienced gourmet will be surprised. Do not pass by such a chocolate shop-window, you won’t regret!

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I have been in L’viv several times, but in most of my pictures presented in this post you will see mostly signs of winter and Christmas. As it is known Christmas in L’viv is special one, full of snow and magic. This is Ukrainian Christmas, which we celebrate on the 7th of January according to the Gregorian calendar as in most of other Orthodox Christian countries. Most of you might never have been in Ukraine and you have no idea how it is usually celebrated. Your humble blogger will share with you the most interesting about Christmas in Ukraine. The Christmas Eve is called in Ukraine ‘Sviaty Vechir’ (Holy Evening) sometimes also called ‘Sviata Vecheria’ (Holy Supper). People usually cook some tasty foods for this evening. There should be at least 12 different foods on the table, because according to the Christian tradition each course is dedicated to one of Christ’s Apostles. The courses are meatless because there is a period of fasting required by the Church until Christmas Day. However, for the pagans the meatless dishes were a form of bloodless sacrifice to the gods. Those should mandatory include ‘Kutia’ — the ritual food which is prepared from cooked wheat and special syrup containing diluted honey, grated poppy seeds, raisins and sometimes walnuts. For the Ukrainian people Christmas is the most important family holiday of the whole year. With the appearance of the first star which is believed to be the Star of Bethlehem, the family gathers to begin dinner. Unfortunately, Christmas is after New Year in Ukraine because many years ago Russian King Petr I decided to follow the European fashion and replace our traditional New Year Date (14 of January) with 1st of January. Since that time Ukrainians are the unique nation, which celebrates Christmas after NY.

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    It can be concluded that Russians are very harmful to our traditions and lives. Russians did everything to destroy out country, traditions and language, and still do. If you think that Ukraine is a part of Russia, then most probably you were bad at history. Ukraine was and always will be a separate country with nice traditions, culture and very melodic language. Furthermore, Moscow would never occur if there was no Kievan Rus (The New York Times “In these early centuries East Slavic tribes and their neighbors coalesced into the Christian state of Kievan Rus. Its ruling Riurikid dynasty oversaw increasing political complexity, territorial expansion, economic growth, and frequent warfare, but was defeated by Mongol invaders. During the ensuing Mongol era a junior dynastic branch extended its authority and laid the foundations for a new state–Muscovy.) At the time of the Kyivan Empire there was no mention of a Moscow nation. It is well known that Moscow was created in 1277 as a subservient vassal region or ‘ulus’ to the Golden Horde, established by the Khan Mengu-Timur. By that time, Kyivan Rus had existed for more than 300 years. The tribe of Great Russians, or the Russian people as known today, appeared around the XV to XVII centuries from among the Finn tribes: Muroma, Mer, Ves and others. This was when their history started. There is no history of Great Russians on Kyivan lands! The history of Great Russians starts with the ‘Beyond the Forests Land’ in Moscow, which was never Kyivan Rus. The Tatar-Mongols who entered these lands were a big element in the formulation of ‘Great Russians’. The Great Russian psychology absorbed many characteristics – the Tatar-Mongol instincts of a conqueror and despot, with the ultimate aim: world domination. It is impossible to live a lie forever! You may accuse me of being prejudiced, but I provided you with the facts and information stated by famous historians based on documents. I have nothing against Russian land and their culture, they have a right to exist, but nobody gave them a right to conquer us, take our territory and change our history!

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To be continued…