|There were ladies out raking hay by hand in the field|
On to L'viv!
It was a good day to drive, Garry even used his sunglasses I bought him at Dollarama before we left Manitoba. We were approaching the city by 11 am, the GPS took us right to the city center, where we parked and walked around for a couple hours, enjoying the European style buildings and Catholic cathedrals. This area of Ukraine used to be part of Poland.
We enjoyed a rare treat for lunch, spicy stir fry and cans of Canada Dry and Dr Pepper (both very rare also.)
|We found spicy noodles for lunch|
|there was a book market around this statue|
|Shevchenko statue downtown|
|Everyone was taking photos of the guy being interviewed|
we think he was from the Slaboda (far right) party
|This little girl had her hat blown off by air from the pigeons flying up|
|we drove past the opera house on our way out of the city|
|Look what's that?|
The other large building appeared to have been a church, we were amazed as we drove up, there were no signs to get off the highway, but it was easy to find when we did, and there were several kiosks selling refrigerator magnets, wooden swords, shields and crossbows for kids and other Ukrainian tourist items, we got an Olesko magnet. We walked over to the churchyard first and then found the KASA to buy tickets for the castle, they cost about two dollars. This was the birthplace of a Polish king, and part of the L'viv art museum. We bought two booklets in English at the gift shop.
|selling stuff by the church building|
|This saint must have had a special day|
|dragons on the church|
|walking up to the big house|
|these guys are big|
|the king that was born here|
|told you they were big (Garry is 6'5")|
|It was renovated in the 1970s|
|A really large painting of a battle the King won|
|Me (Teresa) inside the castle courtyard door|
Armed with our guidebooks we saw and found another castle to tour from the highway, this one was a little harder to drive to from the road. From the pictures in the books, we decided it was Pidhirtsi built by the same family as the first one we stopped at. This one was cheaper to get into, half the price, but the inside is not renovated, they are working on it. As you can see from the outside it was a grand house. Unfortunately we lost one of our booklets here, which was sad, even though it only cost $ 1.50 we hadn't read it yet. Garry walked back to get it after we got to the car, but they had already locked the gate at 4:30 pm.
|The church at the gate is under renovation too|
|Church statues on roof line|
|the booklet said the drive is lined with lime trees (not sure what kind they are)|
|As you can see there is even a moat around it|
|detail on second floor|
|bride and groom going for photos on balcony|
|Heading back down the lane to the gate and the church|
The rest of the way home
|drive through checkpoint|
|there was a tractor pulling this pile of hay down the highway|
|Many villages in western Ukraine had the crosses decorated with ribbons|
|it didn't look it, but the hotel was open|
We spent the night in this very empty hotel - we were the first car parked, there were five cars in the morning, and we ate dinner in a lovely empty attached restaurant.
The next morning we were surprised when the GPS took us through Kiev and home past the airport so we turned it off since it was a familiar route. No idea why it chose a different route than on the way to the conference, it's a random GPS.
We did get to have breakfast at Mc Donalds.... in Kiev.
|What, we are going through Kiev?|
|we did go on Garry's favorite highway 25 Km of fast road|
|we saw some billboards for the new President|
|lots of fields to look at|
|Finally back to the village! 3 pm Sunday|