IT IS BETTER TO VISIT L’VIV THAN TALK A LOT ABOUT IT HUNDRED TIMES…
You might be curious why I created my blog and what am I doing here. Well, I like sharing my thoughts, however, there is more important purpose – I would like to show you interesting places where you might have not been yet. Why do I start from L’viv? The answer is: I am sure that you know very few facts about Ukraine and most of you has never been there, i can assure you that Ukraine is not only one of the most problematic part of Eastern Europe currently having a war conflict with Russia, it is also a very special world with very beautiful architecture, nice culture and hospitable people. And if you tell me that you really know Ukraine, then share your own thoughts, I’d love to chat with you!
And now I would like you to dive into magnificent and mysterious Ukrainian world called “L’viv”.
I wouldn’t like to spend too much time on historical facts and dates, my main idea is to share with you something special, which you can find only from a person who visited L’viv and who tried to explore this city from inside. Nowadays, a lot of sites are devoted to description of this fantastic city, there you can find any information. However, you won’t feel this city…yeah, you have to feel this city because it can show you a new side of Ukraine.
Certainly I need to mention that L’viv was founded in 1256 by King Daniel of Galicia and named in honor of his son Lev. Prior to the creation of the modern state of Ukraine, L’viv had been part of numerous states and empires, including, under the name Lwów, Poland and later the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; under the name Lemberg,the Austrian and later Austro-Hungarian Empires; the short-lived West-Ukrainian Republic after World War I; Poland again; and the Soviet Union. In addition, both the Swedes and the Ottoman Turks made unsuccessful attempts to conquer the city. History influenced this city; there are many cathedrals, churches, palaces and other places, which hide many stories from previous centuries. There is a flavour of Polish, Hungarian and other cultures everywhere. I came across the Chapel of Boim Family and found out that it was built by Hungarian merchant. It is said that Georgiy Boim,a L’viv merchant of Hungarian origin, who grew rich trading wine, obtained L’viv citizenship simultaneously with the post of burgomaster, and decided to build a family chapel of unparalleled beauty in 1615, can you imagine that it is still here, standing in front of you. When you stand in front of it you feel something, I hardly can explain that. When I see ancient buildings, I feel myself like a peeper, who sits beside the door and peeps through keyholes…at first, there is a light road, which straightly brings you to an image of a woman who sits in front of her mirror; she asks her mirror “am I the prettiest”… or a ball room where beautiful ladies in corseted dresses and gentlemen in tuxedo are waltzing… maybe it is weird, but that’s how I feel!!! There are many such impressive buildings in L’viv, one day certainly won’t be enough. I wouldn’t like to mention all places since I am not a travel guide and do not represent any of travel companies etc. You need to walk through these buildings, if it’s possible visit them and try to imagine what was there many centuries ago. Sometimes you have to stop and glance at some portraits in galleries, look at these faces unusual for our epoch, and feel a smell of ancient furnitures, St George Cathedral with decorative lighting, isn’t it fabulous?
After having our mortal level raised, we need to recharge ourselves and the best place for it is Coffee Mine. Yes, yes, you heard me right; we are going to coffee mine. I suppose such mine exists only in L’viv, surely, I have never been to coffee countries, so cannot tell that such mine is unique, but it is really a very interesting place, which is not similar to any other. Coffee fans should definitely visit this place – L’viv coffee is born here. It is the only coffee mining where it is extracting underground of Rynok square in front of the very eyes of visitors. At the entrance one sees a conveyor belt bringing up coffee from the underground coffee mine. So of course I jumped at the chance to go on a tour of this mine far beneath the streets of L’viv. Downstairs, I went to the mine entrance where I put on a miners hat with a lamp and a rather heavy battery pack. Then journey through the dim mine, avoiding the wagons of freshly mined coffee. It was quite an experience. Back up stairs there is a regular coffee shop with really yummy cakes and cookies. In a menu you can find any type of coffee, but let me give you a good advice you have to taste “Banderivska” coffee going by such names as “Coffee, the Way Stepan Bandera Liked it” (with condensed milk), “Coffee in Rainy Lviv” (with home-brewed alcohol), “Coffee in Sunny L’viv” (with mint) and many others. Another delicious surprise for coffee lovers will be “kavivka” – a coffee liquor which is served with exquisite gourmet desserts In any other menus of the world famous coffee houses you will never find “Banderivska” coffee, it is available only here. I can suggest you to combine this coffee with a piece of “Zacher” chocolate cake and just relax. Let us stay here for a while and meet you later….
To be continued!