The Ukraine is usually one of the last countries on people's radar when they are deciding where to travel in Europe. But, I must say that Lviv is a hidden gem. The city has that lively "feel" to it. The city center reminds me of a really small Barcelona because of some of the gothic buildings. You can also easily escape from the more touristic places in the city and head to the surrounding local districts to have a better idea of life in the Ukraine.