Lviv has always been very fashion conscious and walking along the city centre is like watching a fashion show. The locals dress to the nines even on ordinary work days. “There is also a very unique fashion sense here that rivals the runways of Paris and Milan. The fashion store windows are always well dressed.
Twice annually, Lviv hosts major fashion weeks showcasing local designers and inviting international guests.
This fall’s event was particularly interesting . To honour soldiers wounded in the present conflicts in the Donbas area,many Lviv designers sold garments from their collections offering these funds to help families of the wounded. Also the wives and daughters of these soldiers were featured as models on the runway.
Lviv apartments congratulations the Lviv Fashion Week for it’s generosity and patriotism.
The reconstruction and restoration of Lviv was and still is a massive project. Lviv is a fairly large centre with a population of approximately 800 thousand people. this substantial city was basically left unattended for the period that it was occupied by the Russians during the Soviet Union. Buildings were dark and dirty with bricks and mortar falling left and right. Sidewalks were filled with pot holes, the infrastructure was a bomb waiting to explode. A few years after Ukraine’ independence in 1991 the economy stated getting healthier and slowly tourists began to visit. Slowly the renovations began and today Lviv is an architectural wonder that is clean, restored and beautiful.
Scaffolding still exists where even more building are being gentrified. Civic pride has greatly improved.
The picture in this blog shows the new buses that service locals and foreigners alike. These modern trams and buses are made in Lviv and are the pride of the city. Not long along rickety old trams ran noisily in the city. Now the new buses give Lviv a brand new look.
We at Lviv apartments are so proud of this progress.
Art and antiquity surrounds you when walking about in central Lviv. However, one has to venture just a little bit deeper to unravel yet another layer of antiquity. Don’t be afraid to walk off the beaten path! Venture into the ” brahmas” or entrance ways otherwise know as “passage” . There you will find magnificent stairwells , amazing architectural details, intricately tiled floors. The photo insert is a superb example of such a treasure. The ceiling in this particular passage way is reminiscent of of a romantic and classical era. Appropriately, this beautiful fragment adorns the entrance to a favourite restaurant called ” Freska” . The owners were sensitive enough to delicately restore the ancient fresco for all to admire.
We at Lviv apartments applaud the entrepreneurs of Lviv who recognize the beautify of their architectural heritage.
October 26 marks a very important date for the citizens of Ukraine. On this day people will go to the polls to elect a new parliament. There is much campaigning in the centre of Lviv.
The polls seem to indicate that the “Bloc” party led by the recently elected president – Petro Pososhenko will win a majority of seats. This victory would provide Ukraine with a pro-Eurpoean parliament.
This election is crucial as this is the time for Ukraine to create the reforms that are so desperately needed. The people who fought during the “Maidan” revolution desperately need a government that will clear the path towards Europe and rid the existing government of the massive corruption that continues to thrive.
The corrupt deputies of the Ousted Yanokovich regime are still running for seats – much to the dismay of the nationalists who are still fighting for change.
The poster herein translate as “Ukraine will overcome” .
We at Lviv apartments are hoping for the best- glory to Ukraine.
It is unimaginable to conceive of buildings being 600 years old. Especially coming from North America where architecture is relatively recent and modern.
Well such antiquity is not unusual for an ancient centre like Lviv. As the photo herein depicts the Polish Cathedral in central Lviv is celebrating 600 years this year. This magnificent structure is located on the Cathedral square and it is surrounded by expressive statues and cobble stone streets . It’s towering steeples act as a landmark for tourists and locals alike.
Lviv is like a living museum. At every street corner there is antiquity some dating as far back as the medieval ages. It is truly mind bobbling to image walking down the same streets where people walked centuries ago. The whole experience is awe inspiring.
We at Lviv apartments are thrilled to boast to our guests the antiquity that is Lviv.
Lviv never ceases to amaze!
With the recent advent of tourism souvenirs shops have mushroomed throughout the city centre.
This phenomena took off in full force after Lviv hosted the Euro Football championships in 2012 which really put Lviv in the global map.
Almost every second shop caters to tourists who want to take something home as a reminder of their trip.
With so much competition in the area of souvenirs, shops have become more and more creative with the hopes of attracting that tourist dollar.
A very popular item is the T shirt. They come in all shapes, designs and colors.
But the most recent item I have come across is toilette paper with Putin’s face printed on it.Talk about a political statement!
Lviv is a very westernized centre and definitely wants to move away from the sphere of Russian influence. Of course the citizens of Lviv are appalled at the aggression from Russia which is constantly wanting to destabilize their territory.
Certain these innovative souvenirs will continue to surface. We at Lviv apartments find these creative ideas both very amusing and original.
Carry on Lviv with your independence struggle and your straightforward statements.
As these two lively photos show -Lviv is a very lively and animated centre where at every street corner there are symbols and sculpture that welcome it’s visitors . These statues and sandwitch boards welcome one and all to the number ours eateries throughout the old city downtown core.
This is definitely a sign that there is nothing but peace and quiet in Lviv as both residents and visitors alike continue to enjoy their daily lives in peace and harmony.
How delightful the city is as it is adorned with a myriad of characters that invite you to join and enjoy.
We at Lviv apartments definitely encourage this sort of peace loving activity.
Lviv is full of creativity and very imaginative creations. It is the total antithesis so the war and destruction that is going on.presently in the Eastern provinces of Ukraine.
This photo portrays on of the numerous cafe terraces and their colourful Umbrellas. This particular terrace is immediately in front of the world famous Opera House at the northern most tip of Prospeckt Svoboda.
At the top of the Umbrellas are attached beautiful ballet dancers . These dancers are made of a light shiny metal and so they sparkle in the sun and dance with the wind. the idea is truly brilliant. We at Lviv apartments believe that such images promote the peace and the wonder that persist in Lviv in-spite of the war that is shown throughout the world on daily news broadcasts. Bravo Lviv- peace will always be a drawing card for the beautiful city.
The entire world now knows that Ukraine exists. Prior to the terrorism ,destruction and murders by the Russian aggressors , very few people knew anything at all about Ukraine. how unfortunate that it took Russian bombs and thugs to place Ukraine on the map.
Well now let us tell you about a beautiful and peace loving city in Ukraine called Lviv. Welcome to the cultural capital of Ukraine – a very European city that promotes peace , love and coffee.
the world fears travel to what propaganda presents to them a war ravaged country .
We at Lviv Apartments welcome you to a lively city , with live street musicians at every corner. Come enjoy the beauty of its architecture that is adorned with flowers – not destroyed by Russian artillery.
Lviv encourages foreigners to come celebrate their new democracy , finally freed from the Former corrupt Russian puppet government.
come to Lviv to experience peace and love .
The photo insert is a statue ( light metal sculpture of a dancer) that twirls in the wind over the cafe in from of the Opera house in Lviv. all art and sculpture in Lviv celebrates life and denounces the unfortunate war in the Far East of their country.
Lviv is miles (or rather kilometres) away from the war torn areas of Donesk and Luhansk.
There is no problem whatsoever to travel to beautiful Lviv . Firstly, Lviv is a European
city where the majority of the citizens speak Ukrainian . Therefore, there are no pro- Russian separatists there.
The citizens of Lviv are peace loving !
People in general are influenced by mass media which tends to dominate our thoughts and reactions. The 6 O’clock news in North America is very sensational and promotes death and tragedy the world throughout.
We at Lviv Apartments encourage people to travel to Lviv as it’ s economy desperately needs encouragement from foreign tourism.
The residents of Lviv will be thrilled to see you and they will greet you with open arms for they know that the world fears their country and only sees the bombings and destruction rather than the amazing culture and life that actually exists in Lviv presently.