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Rough Guide has positive statistics for Lviv apartments

The Rough Guide has just published a very important statistic for Lviv. It places Lviv as one of the 10 most desirable places to visit in the world! This is absolutely fantastic news for Lviv as tourism is it’ s major industry.
The Rough Guide is a world distributed and highly respected Travel Guide based out of England. Like it’ s competitors ( I.e.; the Lonely Planet , Michelin) it is widely read and it’ s opinions are respected the world throughout.
This recently published information could result in a huge influx of tourism to Lviv- this would be greatly welcomed ( especially after the recent press about protests and revolution there).
We at Lviv Apartments certainly believe that Lviv is worthy of this position. This Unesco protected architectural gem most certainly is one of the top ten must see destination in the world.

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doughnut festival a delight at Lviv Apartmenst

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Ah the Holidays- feasting and eating! the holidays festivities in Lviv are no exception. !
From January 6- 8 Lviv will be celebrating it’s annual Doughnut festival – locally known as “The Pampukh Sviata” .
This event will draw huge crowds of locals and tourists to the “Ploshta Rynok” or City Hall Square.
There will be doughnut tasting , master classes on how to make the perfect doughnut, dough it eating contests and on and on.
hosting a festival focused on Doughnuts exemplifies how jovial and happy go lucky the people of Lviv are. Any excuse to celebrate!
The Square will be filled – standing room only and there will be song, and cheer, and overall a wonderful time.
we at Lviv Apartments congratulate such festivities and we can’ wait to taste this local Christmas. Delicatesse.

We at Lviv apartments congratulate Lviv

Asian fusion at Lviv apartments

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Lviv certainly has changed since I firsts went there over 15 years ago. What a transformation!
Back then it was difficult to get milk in your coffee. Even the request of coffee with milk was greeted with very strange looks and a negative response. Now, of course, you can get every coffee under the sun here and an “Americano z’molokom ” ( American coffee with milk) is very common place.
As the photo insert shows, noodLes on the run are also now common place in Lviv. This little take out place on Krakivska Street ( just atound the corner from City Hall) offers boxed noodles with a Thai flavour. no one is surprised, no one takes a second look.
Gone are the days when a handful of restaurants strictly offered local dishes ( pearogies and cabbage rolls) . Now, Asian cuisine is all the rage. Sushi is very popular here with 24 hour restaurants ( a chain called Japan House) .
Pizza and Italian cuisine is also de rigour With pizza joints at almost every street corner.
We at Lviv Apartments encourage such change and ” progress” as we strongly believe that variety is the spice of life ( no pun intended) . And so vive la difference.

Christmas fairs abound near Lviv Apartmensts

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Christmas fairs have become a huge tourist winter attraction all over Europe. Tourists travel from all over North America to many European countries primarily visiting Christmas markets . These tourists buy rather expensive tours whereby guides take them from city to towns in individual and even in varied countries visiting Christmas markets. it has become a very popular tourist destination.
Lviv too has a great Christmas market – called the ” YARMOROK” . It is composed of a series of Swiss – like wooden cabins where vendors sell absolutely everything under the sun as Christmas gifts. most of the items for sale are locally hand made – Beautiful hand woven scarves, tukes, slippers, and even parkas are brought in from the Carpathian mountains where sheep’s wool is plentiful. Pure bees- wax candles are also very big sellers .
There are many kiosks selling food from the traditional perigees and cabbage rolls to more contemporary fare like candies apples and pretzels. table and stools are strewn about so that the buying public can take a break and just soak in the atmosphere. here, local musicians serenade and costumed vendors add colour and drama.
We at Lviv Apartments believe that the markets in Lviv are far more unique and original than in other European centres as Lviv is still untouched by mass commercialism. Also, very important, the cost of items at the Lviv Christmas market are still very affordable.
Come enjoy the Lviv Christmas market before it becomes such a destination you will not be able to afford it.

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Lights, camera, action at Lviv Apartments

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Lviv has altogether a differ flavour when the sun sets and the city lights go on. the mood is very different as one is more focused on the city lights than on the architecture which is lit by daylight.
The mood is very romantic and very special.
The tendency recently , has been to spot light many of the architecturally important building in the old city centre. the effect is magical. this light show also includes the changing of colours which is awesome.
the Domicanska Cathedral is probably the most striking as there are many lit statues and the colours are many and they change frequently.
This trend of light buildings is witnesses throughout Europe and of course Lviv is a very European city
This trend has become so popular that Lviv occasionally offers night tours where by these lit gems are featured and their history is described
BRAVO – Lviv! We at Lviv Apartments congratulate all of your efforts to beautiful your amazing City.

skating time near Lviv Apartments

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there is so much to do and see in Lviv that I am always amazed how people can carry on with whirlwind tours and visit Lviv for two or three days!
This is virtually impossible. how could one possible remember anything with that short of a visit?
In the ” Ploshta Rynok” or City All square alone, there are a myriad of activities to witness or participate in- year round.
the inserted photo shows the annual ice rink that is set up near the City Hall building. There you can reminisce about youth and winter festivities. . Or you can rent a pair of skates and get on the ice and show off your skills and talents. The rink is surrounded by pleasant music, winter lights and kiosks that offer anything from hot chocolate to roasted chestnuts. In any case, the experience is memorable and most enjoyable.
We at Lviv Apartments want to thank the administration at City Hall for providing annually such a great winter get away right in the heart of the city.

Folk Christmas at Lviv Apartments

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The Christmas window displays in Lviv today rival all the glitz and glamor of Sasks Fith Ave. – New York.
This phenomenon of Christmas trees, balls, artificial snow, garlands etc.. Is fairly recent to Ukraine. I would say that this tradition began approximately 4-5 years ago. As Ukraine struggles to join the west by hoping to join the European Union , it embraces many cultural traditions along the way. for example , it is common ( in the last few years) to celebrate St. Valentina's Day and even Halloween.
fortunately, the old Folk traditions have not been lost and hopefully the new generation will have the culture and intelligence to preserve them. the inserted photo shows plywood cut outs of folkloric figures symbolic of the characters popular with Children. Fairy Tales at Christmas. so bright, colourful and definitely original and unique.
We at Lviv Apartments hope that the old traditions will live along – side by side – with the new ones.
Recently, at the Halutsky Bazar ( a downtown farmers market) I saw vendors selling American Style Christmas trees right beside the traditional local trees that were made of sheaths of wheat- how wonderful!

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An American Christmas across from our Lviv Apartments

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Walking about in Downtown Lviv on Dec. 25th felt like just another day. Nothing out of the ordinary.
This is because the vast majority of Ukrainians are Greco- Catholics and celebrate the old Calendar (Julian Calendar) Christmas which will happen for them on January 6-7 in 2014 .
The only sig n of the Roman Catholic Christmas was the ringing of the bells at the Polish Cathedral in the City Centre ( as most Poles are Roman Catholics).
The Greco-Catholic Christmas in Lviv is still very traditional and filled with religious fervour and ceremony. Tourists travel from far and wide to witness the traditions here as there are so few places left on the Planet where Christmas remains so peasant and pure.
The windows in Downtown Lviv however, are all dressed up for American Christmas with Santa Clause, and fancy Plastic Christmas trees.
The locals seem captivated by what we are now accustomed to calling a commercial holiday. They love all the glitter, the flashing lights and etc.. As it is still a novelty for them.
We ate Lviv Apartments wish everyone a very Merry Christmas regardless of denomination. Let the be Joy and love and above all Peace ( and democracy ) the world throughout.

Pedestrians safer near Lviv Apartments

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Cross at your own risk! This was ( and often still is) common practice in Lviv as pedestrians prepared the life threatening ordeal of crossing the street. Cars still are the macho power symbol here and pedestrians rights are constantly obstructed – Shame . . Even to cross on a green light one should check for speeding vehicles in defiance of traffic lights. as well, traffic lights often fail to work which creates total mayhem for pedestrians.
I remember waiting at crosswalks ( a relatively new concept in Lviv) where crowds would wait until there were no vehicles in sight before they dared to cross . This was because the locals refused to believe that car drivers would respect pedestrians. Also they understood how old habits die hard.
Crossing at crosswalk signs one always expected road rage drivers coming to a screeching stop- very frightening and uncultured.
Time heals all! With time , locals insisting on their pedestrian rights , and very importantly- tourists expecting to cross ( expecting drivers would obey the rules of the roads ) pedestrians crosswalks are slowly gaining respect and adherence.
We at Lviv apartments strongly support obedience to road signs and definitely encourage the rules of the road and above all respect for pedestrians.
Lviv is is actually working towards closing all of the old city centre to vehicular traffic. This would be the ideal! Already many streets are pedestrian traffic only ( occasional still disrespected) . On most Saturdays and Sundays -vehicular traffic is forbidden in the busy (4 lane) Prospect Svoboda – what a treat .
A pedestrian city would sure increase tourism 100 fold. Hopefully this concept will be implemented in the very near future.

Children at play near Lviv Apartments

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The sound of children laughing, Screaming with joy is undoubtedly the most reminiscent and joyful sound in the world. ! The sight of youngsters playing, running, skipping and jumping-this epitomizes life! These are the most delightful sounds and sights. These sounds and sights are universal and be it Lviv, Toronto, or Timbuktu! ! Children all over the world must be given tthe opportunity to play and express they youthful joy.
In this inserted photo, is a large children’ s playground in central Lviv. ( near the Powder Tower At Pidvalna street) .
Thse colourful playground has slides, swings, sand boxes, a huge slide that is inflated daily, and a larger trampoline! This beautiful facility was erected and continues to be maintained by Petro Poroshenko . This wealthy Ukrainian businessman is of the. ” Roshen ” Chocolate fame.
His chocolates are the most popular and most delicious in all of Ukraine.
Recently the Roshen chocolates were banned in Russia ( political motives ) .
We at Lviv Apartments are thrilled to see that the local Children are happy and that the are are benefactors who provide them with safe and pleasant playgrounds.