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Photographer's Note

When I was selecting a photo of the Lviv Opera House for TrekEarth, I had a choice between a closer view of the magnificent fa鏰de:
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Ukraine/West/Lvivska//photo1543317.htm
and a more distant view (in this photo) which however allowed to see the interesting dome above the opera, the dome which is hidden behind when you are too close to the entrance. Now revisiting my photos from Ukraine, I thought, why not to have both in my gallery? Under my previous photo I have bragged about the fact that I managed to see an opera performance there on an actual opening night, the only night I spent in Lviv.
Under this photo I wanted to draw your attention to the flags hanging above the entrance to the Opera House. Everybody in the world can recognize the flag of Ukraine these days of course, but what a surprise, there is the EU flag next to it. I am not sure whether its presence expressed the dream of Ukraine of becoming the part of EU family or simple the funds from EU may have been somehow used to renovate the theatre.
I understand that EU as an organization is imperfect and requires deep reforms. It was probably one of the reasons that UK decided to leave. I find it very unfortunate; I think it is a lose-lose situation for both sides. Strong Europe can make a huge difference to the world. But I agree, a discussion is necessary about how the EU should look like, and it has certainly a lot of improvement areas which need to be discussed yet.

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