Romania Holiday

Photos from our yearly trip to Romania (June 2018)


Poze din vacanta din Romania de luna trecuta (iunie 2018).

Sibiu, Romania

Photos from Sibiu, a beautiful city in the heart of Romania


Poze din Sibiu, orasul din inima Romaniei

sibiu

sibiu in piata

Sibiu turnul cu ceas

cu stef in piata din sibiu

DSC_6316sibiu piata

in sibiu

sibiu cea mai frumoasa strada portret mama si bebe porumbei sibiu

copii fantana piata sibiu

Arad, Romania

united_kingdomPhotos from Arad, a city in the West of Romania, close to the border with Hungary.


romania_flagPoze din Arad, un oras in vestul Romaniei, aproape de granita cu Ungaria

 

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My 2015 summer travels

united_kingdomMy summer so far, in photos from our trip across Europe: South of Germany, Austria, Romania, Slovakia. My favorite place of the trip was in Apuseni Mountains in Romania, a calm and quiet place, with wonderful people.

Of course, when you go to your home country, there is A LOT  of good traditional food, and the family – the most beloved people on Earth.


romania_flagOrice vara are povestea ei. A mea e cu poze din calatoria de-a lungul Europei, din Belgia pana in Romania. Am trecut prin Sudul Germaniei, Austria, Slovacia, am vazut parti din Romania pe care nu le vizitasem pana acum (Muntii Apuseni, Hunedoara, Transalpina). Daca ar trebui sa aleg locul preferat din calatorie, acesta ar fi in Muntii Apuseni. Desi nu am vazut totul cum se cuvine, doar 0 mica parte, pot spune ca mi-a placut foarte mult: e calm si liniste, cu peisaje de vis. Am venit din Ungaria si am intrat in Romania pe la vama Bors, iar drumul de la Oradea  pana in Apuseni e absolut infiorator, e in constructie pe sute de kilometri si plin de gropi, ceea ce strica experienta de turism romanesc…dar cand am ajuns in micutul Sat Chiscau unde am stat peste noapte, am uitat totul. Locurile sunt de vis, iar oamenii de poveste.

Si cand te duci acasa mananci cum se cuvine, mancaruri multe si bune alaturi de familie, oamenii cei mai dragi de pe pamant.

every summer has a storyLan de grau in Apuseni

nuci si capita de fan in chiscau apuseni

tort cu trandafiri

grau

gulas la ceaunGulas in Slovacia

cats fenceIn Satul Chiscau

castelul huniazilor corvin hunedoaraCastelul Corvinilor in Hunedoara, Romania

grau in apuseni

nuferi infloriti

mamaligaMamaliga

pestera ursilor din muntii apuseni in romaniaPestera Ursilor (Bears’ cave in Romania)

rata pesti in jur

planta

stiuca umplutaStiuca umpluta

transalpina magariMagari pe Transalpina (donkeys on Transalpina)

transalpinaTransalpina

ciorba de peste la ceaunCiorba de peste la ceaun (Fish soup)

schonbrunSchonbrunn, Vienna

apus in satul chiscau din muntii apuseniApus intr-un sat din muntii Apuseni, Romania

neuschwanstein castleCastelul Neuschwanstein, Germania

tenesi visinii

baloane de sapun in viena

south of germanyPeisaj din Sudul Germaniei (south of Germany)

transalpina 2015Transalpina, Romania

DSC_0432Verisoarele mele  (my 2 cousins)

oi pe transalpinaOi pe Transalpina (sheep in Romania)

floare de ciulin

cinquantenaireBruxelles

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floare cat in tree

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Autumn at the Village Museum in Bucharest

united_kingdomIf you are following this blog, then you might remember the photos from  last March at the Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania. Now, during this warm October, the Village Museum is even more beautiful.

It’s one of my favorite places in Bucharest. If you ever visit the capital of Romania, please pay a visit to this museum. It’s actually a park with traditional Romanian village houses and the entry fee is just around 2 euros 🙂 I promise you will love it!


romania_flagToamna in Muzeul Satului din Bucuresti

Va mai amintiti pozele de pe blog de la Muzeul Satului pe la inceputul lunii Martie? Desi atunci pomii erau goi si natura moarta, muzeul era superb, dar acum toamna e parca mai frumos ca niciodata. Pe langa asta am prins si un festival de muzica populara, in timpul plimbarii rasunand hore si balade, sunete de nai si de tambal, se vindeau produse traditionale romanesti, opinci si caciuli din blana de oaie.

Muzeul Satului e locul meu preferat in Bucuresti unde ma duc cu drag de fiecare data! Sper ca pozele sa va convinga sa dati o fuga pana acolo cat mai e soare si cald afara!

 

house at village museum in bucharesti romania

the village museum in bucharest autumn

geam cu flori la muzeul satului din bucurestiautumn in the village museum

muzicanti in costume populare romanesti la muzeul satului bucurestimuscate la muzeul satuluimuscate in geambeautiful house at village museum in bucharest romaniacaciuli de blana de oaiecasa cu geamuri albastre la muzeul satuluicasa la muzeul satului din bucuresticasa muzeul satului toamnacovoare de vanzare la muzeul satuluiDSC_4720DSC_4823fantana la muzeul satuluiflori langa gard la mzeul satului toamnain muzeul satului pe scari si opincarla muzeul satuluimastimasti populare romanesti la muzeul satuluipapusi romanesti muzeul satuluipat traditional romanesc muzeul satuluipe bancuta si fantanape iarba la muzeul satului toamnape prispa la muzeul satuluipisica muzeul satuluithrowing leaves autumnusa de lemn la muzeul satului

la muzeul satului toamnafetita la muzeul satului

IRON GATES – beautiful border between Serbia and Romania

united_kingdomThe Iron Gates (“Portile de Fier” in Romanian) is a Danube Gorge of around 134 km long which separates Serbia from Romania (representing the border between these two countries). To go from Romania to Serbia with a car you have to go through this road along the Danube, with beautiful views over the rocks and the river.


 romania_flagPortile de Fier reprezinta un defileu al Dunarii lung de vreo 134 km ce separa Romania de Serbia (reprezinta de fapt granita intre Romania si Serbia). Daca vrei sa treci din Romania in Serbia cu masina, e musai sa mergi pe acest drum de-a lungul Dunarii, cu peisaje minunate: stanci masive de-o parte si de alta a Dunarii.

 

Danube Gorge Iron Gated Defileul dunarii portile de fier Romania SerbiaThe Danube Gorge viewed from the Serbian side (Serbia-left, Romania-right)  / Defileul Dunarii vazut din Serbia (teritoriul Serbiei in stanga,  Romania in dreapta)

statuia lui Decebal portile de fier defileu dunare

united_kingdomThe statue of Decebalus near Orsova in Romania, viewed from the Serbian side of the Danube. It’s 40 meters high, its construction took 10 years (1994-2004) and was commissioned by the business man and historian Iosif Dragan. The text under the statue says “DECEBALUS REX—DRAGAN FECIT” (“King Decebal—Made by Drăgan”).


romania_flagStatuia lui Decebal sculptata in piatra, inalta de 40 de metri langa Orsova, pe malul Romanesc al Dunarii si poate fi vazuta de pe malul Sarbesc. Constructia statuii a durat 10 ani intre 1994 si 2004 si a fost ideea omului de afaceri si istoric Iosif Constantin DRAGAN. Sub statuie e inscriptionat “DECEBALUS REX—DRAGAN FECIT” (“King Decebal— facut de Drăgan”).

Decebal Statue Decebalus Rex Statuia, Danube, rock

united_kingdomDecebalus was the last king of Dacia and one of the mightiest. He fought three wars against the Roman Empire, being defeated in the year 106 AD. During his rule the Dacian State was at its peak, including Transylvania, Banat, Oltenia and a part of Moldova. These territories are part of today’s ROMANIA, therefore Decebalus is an important part of Romania‘s history.


romania_flagCea mai inalta statuie sculptata in piatra din Europa si il reprezinta pe Decebal, ultimul rege al Daciei si unul dintre cei mai viteji, care a dus 3 razboaie impotriva imperiului Roman,  fiind invins intr-un final in anul 106. In timpul lui Decebal, statul Dac a atins apogeul, cuprinzand Transilvania, Banat, Oltenia si o parte din Moldova. Regele reprezinta o parte importanta din Istoria Romaniei.

portile de fier iron gates defileul dunarii gorge

castle danube gorge Serbia, Golubac fortressGolubac Fortress on the Serbian side of Danube / Cetatea Golubat pe malul Serbiei

parking castle danube serbia, golubacky hradParking lot in Serbia, near Golubac Fortress, along the Danube road / Parcare in Serbia langa cetatea Golubat, pe malul Dunarii

Portile de fier I, defileul dunarii, iron gates I Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station on the Danube / Hidrocentrala Portile de Fier I pe Dunare

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Romanian Easter Food to boost your mood

In ROMANIA, Easter reunites the family for a rich and carefully prepared lunch. The main dishes are: lamb, pasca and eggs.

 

Masa de Paste. Easter Table setup in RomaniaEaster table setup in Romania: Salads, Red Eggs, Drob and fresh veggies

 

Oua rosii (Red Easter Eggs)

It wouldn’t be Easter without the Red Eggs! And in Romania we don’t hide them in parks or forests. WE EAT THEM. At the table. At lunch.

They are hard-boiled, colored in different colors, but mainly in RED, symbolizing Jesus’ blood.

We also knock the eggs together to break their shell and say:

– “Christ is Risen!” (Hristos a inviat!)
– “He is Risen Indeed!” (Adevarat a inviat!)

Oua de Paste. Colored Easter Eggs in Romania

oua incondeiate

 

Drob

It’s made of minced lamb offal (internal organs – liver or kidney), mixed with eggs and spices, wrapped in caul fat (the membrane that surrounds the internal organs) and cooked in the oven.

Drob

bunatati de Paste

 

Pasca

It’s a traditional Easter cake, with sweet cheese and raisins. The recipe can vary in different regions of Romania.

Pasca

 

Cozonac

It’s a sweet bread (similar to Pantettone in Italy). Cozonac is not a typical Easter food, but it’s cooked for big religious holidays (like Christmas) or other important events. It takes time and effort to make it! (up to 8 hours).

cozonac

 

Other cakes and foods

According to the time and mood of the housewife, there can be other cakes or foods at the Easter table 🙂

ENJOY!

prajituri

 

Easter is the religious holiday celebrating the the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God. The date varies each year according to the Lunar Calendar (usually at the end of April, beginning of May). This year, the Catholic and Orthodox Easter are on the same date (the 20th of April 2014).

How is the Easter Food where you come from? Do you celebrate Easter?

Bucharest, the Capital of Romania

united_kingdomBucharest used to be nicknamed the “Little Paris” during the interwar period – the buildings were fancy and there was a Triumphal Arch. The Victory Avenue was compared to Champs-Elysees.

Nowadays it’s just a cool city, with big avenues, lots of pubs and cool clubs, great restaurants and more malls than you can count on your fingers. The young generation is cool and hip, the girls are pretty and the traffic can be insane. The subway covers a big area of the capital, buses are not always on time, the prices for everything are lower than any other European capital. You can meet nice people as well as rude ones, taxi drivers may try to trick you by asking more money for the ride (especially at the airport or train station), you can eat the tastiest foods in the world, visit great museums, walk a lot and get your shoes dusty.

Romania is not among the touristic beaten paths, mainly because of bad “publicity” which many times is not justified. That’s why I want to show you how beautiful Bucharest is and hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Bucharest is a city with good and bad, with pretty and ugly. Just like any other place in the world.


romania_flagBucurestiul era numit “Micul Paris” in perioada interbelica. In ziua de azi e doar un oras cool, cu bulevarde largi, multe pub-uri si cluburi de fitze, restaurante bune si mai multe malluri decat poti numara pe degete. Generatia tanara e moderna, fetele sunt dragute si traficul poate fi innebunitor. Metroul acopera o mare parte din suprafata capitalei, autobuzele nu vin mereu la timp, preturile sunt mai mici decat in alte capitale Europene. Poti intalni oameni civilizati, dar si persoane nepoliticoase, taximetristii pot incerca sa te pacaleasca la pret, poti manca cele mai gustoase mancaruri din lume, vizita muzee grozave, poti sa mergi mult pe jos si sa iti umplii pantofii de praf.

Romania nu e tocmai pe calea batuta a turistilor, mai ales datorita imaginii negative prezentate in afara, de multe ori nejustificata, de aceea vreau sa va arat cat de frumos e Bucurestiul si sper sa il indragiti la fel de mult ca si mine.

Un oras cu rele si cu bune, cu urat si frumos. Ca oriunde in lume.

carol I Bucuresti, bibliotecaThe Statue of Carol I in front of the University Library / Statuia lui Carol I in fata bibliotecii universitare

Ateneu, Bucuresti, Romania, ParcThe Romanian Athenaeum – a concert hall in the center of Bucharest / Ateneul Roman in centrul Bucurestiului pe Calea Victoriei

scari si coloane Ateneu, BucurestiOn the stairs of the Atheneum / La soare pe scarile Ateneului Roman

coloane ateneu bucurestiThe columns of the Atheneum

Bucuresti beautiful building

Cladiri, Calea Victoriei Buildings on Victory Avenue / Cladiri pe Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei, Bucuresti The Victory Avenue / Pe Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei Capsa Hotel The Victory Avenue / Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei, Bucuresti Victory Avenue / Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei Capsa

piata revolutiei si monumentul renasterii Revolution Square and the renewal monument / Monumentul renasterii in Piata Revolutiei

Strada Regina Elisabeta Queen Elisabeth Boulevard / Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta

Pe Kogalniceanu Kogalniceanu Avenue / Blvd Mihail Kogalniceanu

Calea Victoriei semafor

cercul militar national National Military Building /Cercul Militar National

Capsa, Bucuresti, Calea Victoriei Capsa Hotel on Victory Avenue / Hotelul Capsa pe Calea Victoriei

universitate, bucuresti The University in Bucharest / Universitatea din Bucuresti

Piata Universitatii University Square / Piata Universitatii

La universitate in Bucuresti

Cladirea universitatii, Bucuresti

Piata Revolutiei, Bucuresti, revolution Square Revolution Square / Piata Revolutiei

cladire veche si noua bucuresti A mix of old and new in the same building / Amestec de nou si vechi in aceeasi cladire

cladiri, micul Paris

biserica alba bucuresti

cuplu pe Bvd Aviatorilor A couple in love on Aviators Boulevard / Cuplu de indragostiti pe Aviatorilor

trotuar cu pista de bicicleta in Bucuresti Bicycle lane on Aviators Blvd / Pista de biciclete pe bulevardul Aviatorilor

Pista biciclete, bucuresti

Statuie aviatorilor Bucuresti

ceas Herastrau The clock at Herastrau Park / Ceasul de la intrarea in Parcul Herastrau

Arcul de Triumf Bucuresti 2014 renovare The Triumphal Arch – a smaller replica of the one on in Paris / Arcul de triumf din Bucuresti e o versiune mai mica a Arcului de Triumf din Paris

Muzeul Taranului Roman, Bucuresti The Museum of the Romanian Peasant / Muzeul Taranului Roman

Piata Victoriei, Victory Square, Guvernul, The Government Building The Governement Building in the Victory Square / Cladirea guvernului in Piata Victoriei

Intercontinental Bucuresti Intercontinental Hotel in the University Square / Hotelul Intercontinental in Piata Universitatii

centrul vechi bucuresti, romania The old Center in Bucharest / Pe Lipscani in Bucuresti, Centrul Vechi

old center Bucharest The Old Center / Lipscani

biserica stravopoleus Stravopoleos Monastery, a small church hidden in between tall buildings in the old center in Bucharest / Biserica Stravopoleus ascunsa intre cladiri inalte in centrul vechi din Bucuresti, langa Caru’ cu Bere

Manastirea Stravopoleos curte The inner courtyard of Stravopoleos Monastery

Curte manastirea stravopoleus

Stravopoleus Church, Bucharest

centrul vechi bucuresti old center Old Center in Bucharest / Centrul Vechi in Bucuresti

Casa de Economii si Consemnatiuni Bucuresti, CEC CEC Building / Palatul CEC-ului

afise, lipscani Layers of posters / Multe straturi de afise

Caru cu bere, balcon Caru’ cu Bere Restaurant

muzeul national de istorie a Romaniei, bucuresti Romania’s National History museum / Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei

The Village Museum, Bucharest, Romania

united_kingdomThe Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania, is an open air museum about the traditional Romanian village life from the past and present. There are houses, churches, furniture and tools from their original locations. It was opened for the public in 1936 and is now one of the most touristic attractions in Romania; the queen of Belgium, Turkmenistan’s President or the Bush’s wife are some of the important visitors of the Village Museum.

It’s situated on the shore of Herastrau Lake and the atmosphere feels more like a park rather than a museum.


romania_flagMuzeul Satului “Dimitrie Gusti” din Bucuresti e un muzeu in aer liber ce prezinta viata si aspectul satelor din Romania, avand expuse case, biserici, unelte si mobila reprezentante pentru locatia din care provin. Muzeul Satului a fost deschis publicului in 1936 si este un important obiectiv turistic in Romania, fiind vizitat de regina Belgiei, sotia lui Bush sau presedintele Turkmenistanului. Situat pe malul Lacului Herastrau, atmosfera in curtea muzeului e placuta ca intr-un parc linistit, nefiind nicidecum plictisitor sau steril ca alte muzee.

(Se ajunge usor : iei metroul pana la statia Aviatorilor si apoi mers pe jos pana la Arcul de Triumf si imediat la dreapta)

casa albastruie la Muzeul Satului, jud BuzauHousehold from Buzau / Gospodarie din Jud. Buzau

household in the village museum romania bucharest

balustrada lemn, muzeul satului, bucuresti

casa din judetul Alba, secolul XIX. 19th century household in Romania House from Alba / Casa din Judetul Alba

covoare colorate, casa muzeul satuluiTraditional house interior in Romanian Villages / Interior traditional in casele din satele romanesti

living room, muzeul satului, camera

casa cu acoperis de paie, muzeul satului, Bucuresti

gospodarie in Muzeul Satului din capitala

Muzeul satului casa

Biserica din Maramures, muzeul satului din capitalaChurch in Maramures / Biserica din Maramures

casa rosu si albastru la muzeul satului, Jud BuzauHouse / casa in Buzau

casa in Muzeul Satului din Bucuresti

House with blue windows  from Suceava, at Village Museum Romania BucharestHouse from Suceava / Casa din Suceava

casuta lemn Muzeul Satului

Village Museum, Bucharest

muzeul satului din Bucuresti, Romanian Village Museum in BucharestThe entrance from Kiseleff Boulevard / Intrarea din Soseaua Kiseleff

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Pastele Cailor (Horse Easter), Targoviste, Romania

united_kingdomEvery year on the first Saturday of Lent, the Bulgarian community in Targoviste, Romania, is celebrating the Horse Easter (or Saint Theodor day), marking the end of winter and beginning of spring. The horses harnessed to carts, make a tour of the neighborhood and head for the church to be hallowed by priests.


romania_flagAm crezut toata viata ca expresia “La Pastele Cailor” ce inseamna “niciodata” se datoreaza faptului ca Pastele Cailor nu exista, dar se pare ca exista si chiar se sarbatoreste! Comunitatea Bulgara din cartierul Matei Voievod din Targoviste, Judetul Dambovita (cunoscut local ca “in Sarbi”) celebreaza in fiecare an Pastele Cailor (sau Tudorita), marcand sfarsitul iernii. Azi, de 8 Martie 2014, caii impodobiti cu ciucuri si gambiere au defilat pe Calea Bucuresti inhamati la carute, dupa care s-au indreptat spre biserica pregatita pentru sfintirea cailor.

pastele cailor Targoviste  8 martie 2014

Horses' Easter, Targoviste, Romania, March 2014

Targoviste 2014 Pastele Cailor

Pastele Cailor Targoviste 2014

Pastele Cailor Targoviste 2014

Caruta si cal de Pastele Cailor din Targoviste 2014

Pastele Cailor martie 2014 Targoviste, Dambovita

cal la caruta, cu ciucuri rosii de Pastele Cailor

Bulgarii sarbatoresc Pastele Cailor in Targoviste, 8 martie 2014

Pastele cailor in Targoviste

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The Sphinx, Romania

united_kingdomThe Sphinx is a natural rock formation at 2216 meters of altitude in the Bucegi Mountains in Romania. It’s 8 meters high and from a certain angle, the Sphinx resembles a human head, shape which was created by wind erosion in time. It can be accessed in 15 minutes by cable car from Busteni, or by foot for the hike lovers.


romania_flagSfinxul din Muntii Bucegi, aflat la o altitudine de 2216 meters, este un bloc mare de piatra ce seamana din profil cu un chip de om, inaltimea sa fiind de 8 metri. Aceasta forma a fost data de eroziunea vantului in timp si este o importanta atractie turistica in Romania. Pentru a ajunge la Sfinx poti lua telecabina Busteni-Babele care te duce pe platoul Bucegi in aproximativ 15 minute.

Sfinx, Bucegi, Romania

Sfinxul din Bucegi, the Shpinx

Sheep

united_kingdomOn the mountain peak of Bucegi Mountains, around the Sphinx, there were flocks of sheep eating grass, away from the noise and pollution of the big cities.


romania_flag Pe platoul muntilor Bucegi am gasit turme de oi ce pasteau in voie, departe de poluarea marilor orase.

Oi in Bucegiturma de oi in BucegiSheep in Bucegi, Romaniacaine ciobanesc la munteA shepperd dog. / Caine ciobanesc in Bucegi

Caprioara la munte

From the cable car I spotted deers. / Din telecabina am vazut caprioare

Babele (The Old Ladies)

united_kingdom10 minutes from the Sphinx we find the famous Babele (The Old Ladies) – big rocks shaped by wind and looking like mushrooms.


romania_flagLa 10 minute de Sfinx, pe platoul Bucegi, se afla si celebrele “Babele” – formatiuni stancoase formate prin eroziune eoliana. In ziua de azi sunt inconjurate de un gard, pentru a preveni catararea 😀

Babele, the old ladies, in Bucegi, Romania
Babele, Bucegi, Romania

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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 🙂