Back in 1999-2000, a limo was rather “exotic” car in Western Ukraine. Of course, local people saw a limousine on TV many times before, but not in real life yet. After 2000 first limos finally started to appear on the streets of West Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk. Now is 2009 and it is not a big problem at all in any of these cities to rent a limo for a wedding, for example. All you need it is money, because limo rental is expensive pleasure in Ukraine: average cost of one hour of limo rent is about $100. But I know very well, that Ukrainian attitude to the weddings will not let to quit to any of the companies, which are running a limo rental business. I mean that Ukrainian parents, arranging a wedding for daughter or son (in Ukraine parents usually pay for the weddings of children), even ready to take a loan for giving the best marriage ceremony for their kids, including a gorgeous car's rent. Actually, now to rent a limousine for the wedding became like a fashion in Western Ukraine. There are number of companies in Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk, who offer a limos for rent. You can choose now a model (Lincoln or Mercedes) and color of limousine you want to rent (black, white, silver, red).
Also West Ukrainian locals started to rent limos not for weddings only, but for other special celebrations as well. I remember, back in 2007, co-workers of my good friend Anna from Ternopil rented a limo for her birthday: to take her from work to the birthday party in restaurant. Anna did not expect such a surprise, she was so touched that she cried. “I am in limo for the first time in my life”, she said. She was 50 years old in 2007.
On the pictures above:
wedding limo downtown of Ivano-Frankivsk;
wedding limos waiting for bride and groom by the Opera House in Lviv.
Old Cars Downtown Of Lviv