holmertz (47192) 2015-11-25 01:59:24This is from another part of Burkina Faso. I rented this helicopter (yes, with a pilot) from a Canadian company based in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in the south-west. I wanted to see abandoned villages along the rivers and watch the spraying of insecticides. I think we flew towards the border with Mali, but I have no idea exactly where this was.
holmertz (47192) 2015-11-18 06:35:44This photo shows a small part of the central square, the Rynok, in the Old town of Lviv. The entire historic centre of the city is regarded as a world heritage site by the Unesco.
The Rynok is a meeting-place for lots of people. It covers a large area surrounding several buildings. The people in the background may be American tourists.
holmertz (47192) 2015-11-18 06:32:07Lining up for their daily bread from a kiosk in the centre of Lviv. The 20 Hryvniya note the woman is holding is worth about 0,8 Euro today. In May it was worth a bit more. Ukraine has a serious problem of inflation, running at a rate of about 50% on a yearly basis.
holmertz (47192) 2015-11-15 04:33:39One street performer or two?
I saw these two persons, standing in similar ways, at the upper end of Svobody Prospekt (Freedom Avenue), a wide street with a park in the middle, the main thoroughfare of Lviv, constituting the western border of the Old town.
holmertz (47192) 2015-11-15 04:29:54The statue shows Taras Shevchenko, the 19th century poet, writer and spiritual leader of the Ukrainian nation. It was erected here in the main street called Svobody Prospekt (Freedom Avenue) in 1992, soon after Ukraine had become an independent nation after the fall of the Soviet Union,
In front of the statue is a stela showing figures from Ukrainian folklore and traditions, intended to symbolize the rebirth of the nation. This monument is a popular gathering-place of young Lvivians in the evenings.
Behind the trees to the left is a glimpse of the 17th century Saints Peter and Paul Garrison Church. The tower in the background rises above the 19th century Town Hall, today housing the Lviv city council.
I sincerely apologize for the gloomy weather. I couldn't do much about it. ;-)
holmertz (47192) 2015-11-11 01:53:31In this street people from the countryside were selling homemade dairy products. If I remember correctly the customers had to bring their own small bottles or even jugs to buy milk in very small quantities. To me this looked very strange in a modern city, but maybe this milk and what else was sold here had a reputation for better quality than the products from the regular stores.
holmertz (47192) 2015-11-08 02:27:48A flower market at the edge of the old town of Lviv. I think the man in the background is watching my activities with some scepticism, but the nearest lady hasn't noticed me, which probably explains why she still looks so happy.
holmertz (47192) 2015-11-08 02:24:44This is inside the medieval city wall that still remains on the eastern side of the Old town of Lviv. I took this photo one minute after this one. I had followed the newly weds through the gate to see if I could take another photo, but they quickly disappeared, so instead I pointed my camera towards these men. As far as I remember the guitar players were not very good, so I lost interest and went somewhere else. The old wall was more attractive.