Board games and political debate are favorite pastimes along Prospect Svobody in Lviv, Ukraine. Walk through the area any weekend, holiday, or some evenings, and there will be small groups of older men, and a few strong ladies, participating in some pretty intense political debate. I’m told this pastime took root, at least in public …..
Going through photographs of older guys playing chess and practicing political debate along Prospect Svobody in Lviv, Ukraine, I ran across this memory. It’s said that photographs of sunglass reflections are cliche. So be it.
Sometimes a great time happens when you least expect it. Rohatyn is a small town about five miles away from Cherche, the tiny village where my ancestors are from. There are two hotels in town, about ten rooms each, inexpensive, and nice enough. I splurged and stayed at the fancier place, about twenty five dollars …..
During a recent visit to Lviv, Ukraine I mentioned that I wanted to wander around a Soviet era housing complex when someone suggested that I visit “Santa Barbara”. When I heard the name I knew I had to go. Its official name is СИХІВ, which is pronounced as Suhiv, but it also has the …..
Late one afternoon last August, I ventured out to Prospect Svobody in Lviv, Ukraine to photograph the older guys playing chess and having political debate. But I ended up photographing young ladies walking around the place. The Beatles weren’t kidding when they wrote the song titled Back in the U.S.S.R.. During my recent visit to …..
I left my house early August and returned last Monday – three months away from Oakland. Minus an unplanned return trip to Arizona in October, I spent my time around Lviv, Ukraine and Bangkok, Thailand. I visited Lviv to spend time in the village my father’s parents came from. I’m impressed by how people in …..
My father’s parents and some of his sibblings come from a small village named Cherche in western Ukraine. Small enough to not appear on most maps, Cherche is a few kilometers from Rohatyn which is about eighty kilometers southeast of Lviv, a small city. My grandparents immigrated to the U.S. around 1920. I visited …..
A flash slideshow of images shot around Cherche/Rohatyn, Ukraine in September 2010. Click the box on the lower right for a fullscreen slideshow.
I’ve visited Lviv, Ukraine a few times – it’s near the area that my Ukraine ancestors are from. It is a very old city, dating back to the 1300′s I think, and some say it’s what Prague used to be. The core of the city is old Europe while the outskirts show more of a …..
I wrote the first version of this post a couple of years ago and published it on my old web site. I thought that it was worth carrying over to the new site so here it is again. Since my first visit to Ukraine, I have been back a couple of times – in July …..
I finally got around to uploading photographs from last January’s trip to Lviv and Kiev. The slideshows are available here: http://www.royivankoe.com/travel/ukraine/ukraine.html and here: http://www.royivankoe.com/lrflash/Ukraine/LvivKiev_Jan2007/.