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Western Ukraine
Posted December 23rd, 2013 - 6:51 am by from Sooke, Canada (Permalink)
I hope to visit the area Lviv and Ternopil in May. What should I not miss? Are there any small community museums outside of the larger communities?

Posted December 23rd, 2013 - 6:37 pm by from Simferopol, Ukraine (Permalink)
Lee, it depends on what exactly you want to visit there. I can say about Lviv. It is absolutely not modern but historical city. May is a good time to visit Lviv.
The most interesting are Lviv Theatre of Opera, Museum of Chocolate, Museum of brewing, Museum of History of Religions, Museum of Pharmacy, Lviv Historical Museum, Museum of Weapon and Lviv Art Gallery.
There are a lot of churches, temples, monasteries, and a middle-aged cemetery with obsolete noticeable architecture.
Besides that Lviv is very famous for its coffee-shops, cafes and restaurants. You should necessarily visit ‘Gasova Lampa’ (Gas Lamp devoted to the inventors of gas lamp), ‘Mazoh Café’ (prank masochist café devoted to Lviv’s writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, finder of word ‘masochism’ ), ‘Kryivka’ (national styled Ukrainian restaurant devoted to the struggle against communists), ‘Pod Zolotoy Rosoy’ (Under Golden Rose), also known as ‘Jidivska Knaypa’ (Jewish Knaypa, there are no exact prices, you should bargain with waiters ), ‘Dom legend’ (‘The House of Legends’) . But it is hard to find most of these restaurants. Therefore you should better find some local resident who can show you main sights.

Posted December 25th, 2013 - 4:06 am by from Sooke, Canada (Permalink)
Thanks Serge!

Looking at Google Streetview makes me realize how much I need to spend time studying the alphabet.

I realize that prices can very, but what should I budget for breakfast, lunch and dinner as a small restaurant? What does a beer cost in a bar?



Posted January 8th, 2014 - 1:00 pm by from Simferopol, Ukraine (Permalink)
Lee, you’re right, English writing of Geographical names and English guide signs are rather seldom even in Lviv. It’s hard to spell some Ukrainian or Russian Geographical name for English speaking person.
Breakfast or lunch for one person will cost from US$5 (1-2 dishes in inexpensive restaurant or McDonalds or similar) to 20 US dollars (2-3 dishes in mid-range restaurant). Average budget $30-50 for 3 meals daily diet for one person without cost of alcoholic drinks. I recommend Ukrainian cuisine, it usually more fresh and cheaper here although it is high-fat. It is better to buy domestic draught beer in shopping malls or in bars (US $ 0.8-1.5 for 0.5 liter in shopping center or US $ 1.2-2 for 0.5 liter in bars). I don’t recommend buying chip bottled beer in a small shops.

Posted January 28th, 2014 - 7:04 am by from Sooke, Canada (Permalink)
Thanks for the information and the idea of the cost. Sounds like food is a little cheaper than here. The beer prices are a lot cheaper, I pay in a bar $5 -$8 us for 0.5 liter. When you say buying draught beer in a shopping mall do you mean to take home? That is not something that happens here. I do make my own beer and it cost me about 0.25 US for 0.5 liter... plus my time.

Posted December 29th, 2013 - 10:55 pm by from Feodosiya, Ukraine (Permalink)
Lee, if you´ve never been to Ukraine or Russia before, you may be tired after visiting Lvov/Lviv because of soooooo much new impressions !

Why not planing a "weekend in the mountains" (nearby Karparts) after Lvov, just to relax and get new energy for the next city ?!

There are also CSers who live up there in the Karparthian mountains !
I´d rather recommend that ))

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Posted January 8th, 2014 - 4:57 pm by from Terebovlia, Ukraine (Permalink)
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Posted January 8th, 2014 - 4:58 pm by from Terebovlia, Ukraine (Permalink)
I think Serge said everything about Lviv.You really should visit that city and get tired from an exursions :)
So, I'll try to tell you something about Ternopil) This is very calm, friendly, and spectacular city.There is the biggest (unnatural) lake in the Europe, long charming coast and turist's ferryboat that goes forward, and backwards. You should see a central church(It is always open!) too(and I have it's photo in my profile). Church is daily open! There is a central square in Ternopil, an old theatre(you should visit one performance!)... Oh,besides, there are so many different cafes and shopping centres:) So,i think I've told everythink. Although I might forget something:)
Good luck! Hope to see you in Ternopil

Posted January 28th, 2014 - 7:06 am by from Sooke, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you for your suggestions about Ternopil. I hope to spend a bit of time there as my great grand parents came to Canada from there in 1900, they were part of the very early wave of Ukrainians that came to this country.

Posted 30 hrs ago from Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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