Lviv could very well set the world record by the sheer number of magnificent lions on its picturesque streets. The city was established in the mid-13th century by King Danylo Halytskyi, who named it after his beloved son Lev, which in Ukrainian means “Lion”. Since then, many lions have occupied Lviv. They are pretty much everywhere.
Today Amsterdam looks like it did in the 1600s, on old Dutch paintings – clouds blown past high gabled houses, churches, and bridges reflected in quiet canals. How many stories the city can tell, like aged seamen who is full of tales, that are not always proper in a good society… As many travelers before we start the walk at the Central Station that resembles art museum. It sits at what was the harbor entrance, where gally sailors debarked from the ships and were met by ladies with red lanterns.
Our journey to the American Wild West, to the place where Hollywood Westerns were filmed, where cowboys and Indians chased each other, and the bandits plundered post coaches. Why go to India, the Middle East, the Gobi Desert, Africa or fly to other planets, if they were created in Alabama Hills – a couple of hours from the bustling and crowded Hollywood. We spent only two days there, but I wanted to stay for a week, take a walk among the bizarre rocks, admire the rugged beauty of the desert. And, maybe, to hike the 14,496 mountain peak, which snow cap picturesquely accentuates the yellow stones of Alabama Hills.
“Ten days in London,” I anticipated and began to compile a list of everything that needs to be seen. Gradually, the list grew longer and longer and was infiltrated by some sights that are beyond London. Our journey to England was conceived before our fall trip. As a warm-up, we visited most British city of America – Victoria, British Columbia and I ordered few dresses in Marks and Spencer in London. Also, a lot of British sitcoms and history series were watched at home. Finally, when Labor day holiday was approaching we made a move.