My hometown – Targoviste, Romania.

What to see in Targoviste?

1. THE ROYAL COURT WITH CHINDIA TOWER

The Royal Court and Chindia Tower, the symbol of Targoviste

Targoviste is a city full of history. It used to be the capital of Wallachia in the 15th-16th century.  The Royal Court hosts Chindia Tower (the symbol of Targoviste) which was built by Vlad the Impaler (Vlad III Dracul, or Dracula).

Chindia Tower, view from the park

2. CHINDIA PARK

It’s the biggest park in Targoviste, where you can walk, relax and admire the nature, or take a boat on the lake.

The lake in Chindia Park, Targoviste

Chindia Park, the biggest park in Targoviste

You can rent a boat and enjoy the lake in Chindia Park

Chindia Park in Targoviste with view over the Chindia Tower

Alley in Chindia Park in Targoviste

Statue of Radu Paisie in Chindia Park, Targoviste

Tall, thin trees around the lake in Chindia Park

A stray dog in Chindia Park. He had such a kind look and patiently waited for me to take a photo of him.

 

3. THE CENTRAL PARK (Parcul Mitropoliei)

It’s a beautiful park just in the city center. Have a walk and admire the beautiful Orthodox Church built in 1889 (Mitropolia Targovistei), watch men gathered for a game of Chess, Backgammon  or Remi or have a rest on the ruins just in front of the Church.

Cathedral in Central Park Targoviste

Cathedral in Central Park Targoviste

The same orthodox cathedral, in Central Park Targoviste

The same orthodox cathedral, in Central Park Targoviste

Alley with a stray dog in Central Park, Targoviste

Alley with a stray dog in Central Park, Targoviste

Ruins in the Central Park

Ruins in the Central Park

A beautiful architecture

A beautiful architecture

The central park in Targoviste

The central park in Targoviste

Michael the Brave square in Targoviste

Michael the Brave square in Targoviste

The bell tower of the church

The bell tower of the church

Detail of the church in Central Park

Detail of the church in Central Park

Behind the flowers

Behind the flowers

Michael the Brave Statue, in Targoviste

Michael the Brave Statue, in Targoviste

Between bushes

Between bushes

Men know who to enjoy their time, playing Chess or Remi in the park, while their wifes are probably at home cooking or washing laundry :D

Men know how to enjoy their time, playing Chess or Remi in the park, while their wifes are probably at home cooking or washing laundry😀

Alleys in the Central Park of Targoviste

Alleys in the Central Park of Targoviste

the church and the lamp in Central Park, targoviste

the church and the lamp in Central Park, Targoviste

4. THE CITY HALL and THE OLD CENTER

The old center has recently renovated buildings and many pubs and shops. Unfortunately, in Romania smoking is still permitted in bars and pubs, so going for a coffee or beer is not one of my favorite activities there, because I end up smelling like a walking cigarette.

The City Hall in Targoviste

The City Hall in Targoviste

The Old Center in Targoviste, with many pubs, restaurants and shops

The Old Center in Targoviste, with many pubs, restaurants and shops

The City Hall in Targoviste

The City Hall in Targoviste

The City Hall in Targoviste

The City Hall in Targoviste

5. THE CITY CENTER

In the Center of Targoviste there is the Prefecture, the Main Square and Valahia Hotel. Around the year 2000, the Central Square used to be a dating place for friends and lovers, evenings were gathering big groups of high school teenagers and during day there were children with bikes and roller-skates. Now this tradition got lost, the socializing I assume is done on Facebook and during evening the Main Square looks deserted.

The Prefecture in Targoviste (the big, white building on the right) and Valahia Hotel (the small, green building on the left)

The Prefecture in Targoviste (the big, white building on the right) and Valahia Hotel (the small, green building on the left)

muntenia targoviste

The central square with Valahia Hotel and the Prefecture

The central square with Valahia Hotel and the Prefecture

Center in Targoviste

Center in Targoviste

Center Targoviste

Center Targoviste

Big intersection in Targoviste Center

Big intersection in Targoviste Center

6. WALK TO SEE THE CITY

Walk through the city and see the communist style buildings (now many of them renovated), find the 1 May market place (markets are opened daily and you can find fresh veggies and fruits that taste very good), walk around Chindia Park and visit the History Museum just next to it. If you find a stray dog  give him affection; some of them are very kind and would be more than happy for a sign of  love or a scratch on the belly (beware though, not all of them are very friendly).

Merloni, s small shopping center in Targoviste

Merloni, a small shopping center in Targoviste

The History Museum in Targoviste

The History Museum in Targoviste

Old communist buildings in Targoviste

Old communist buildings in Targoviste

An everyday market in Targoviste, where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables

An everyday market in Targoviste, where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables that actually have a taste, not like the western junks that are tasteless

The Old Post Office in the Old Center of Targoviste

The Old Post Office in the Old Center of Targoviste

St. Friday Church in The Royal Court of Targoviste

St. Friday Church in The Royal Court of Targoviste

The new courthouse in Targoviste

The new courthouse in Targoviste

Sain Friday Church in Targoviste

Saint Friday Church in Targoviste

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. I will let them.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. I will let them.

The old children's library

The old children’s library

Old communist buildings in Targoviste

Old communist buildings in Targoviste

The Red Cross building in Targoviste. And a dog with a red coat.

The Red Cross building in Targoviste. And a dog with a red scarf.

:)

🙂

A bookshop in Targoviste

A bookshop in Targoviste

Sidewalk towards City Center

Sidewalk towards City Center

Stelea Monastery in Targoviste

Stelea Monastery in Targoviste

Nice gate at Stelea Monastery

Nice gate at Stelea Monastery

"Minisat" is the first company who brought cable TV in Targoviste

“Minisat” is the first company who brought cable TV in Targoviste

Apartment buildings in the Center of Targoviste

Apartment buildings in the Center of Targoviste

Saint Friday church towards Chindia Park

Saint Friday church towards Chindia Park

A very cute stray dog

A very cute stray dog

School number 8. My school :)

School number 8. My school🙂

Targoviste landscape

Targoviste landscape

The school no 8, where I studied 7 years of my life

The school no 8, where I studied 7 years of my life

The courtyard of School number 8, where I've spent 7 years of my life, between 2nd and 8th grade :)

The courtyard of School number 8, where I’ve spent 7 years of my life, between 2nd and 8th grade🙂

Is there anyone in this world who is not nostalgic about the places where they grew up, rode their first bike, broke the knees while running or roller-skating?

Targoviste is the city I grew up in. Kindergarten, school, friends – memories of the past and the most wonderful period in someone’s life: the childhood.

The first 7 years of my life were spent during communist regime. Luckily, as a child, I didn’t know better and it felt normal to grow up not having access to various types of food, toys or clothes. What mattered the most was the love of my parents and the joy of when grandma or my aunts came to visit. I was a happy child.

Targoviste is the city where Romania’s communism was put to an end through the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena Ceausescu on Christmas Day, 1989. A crime that haunts me till today. Even though the times were hard under his rule, I cannot stop wondering: was/is death penalty justified?

Do you have any favorite memories from you childhood? In what city/town did you grow up? I would love to know your stories🙂