Photos from our yearly trip to Romania (June 2018)
Poze din vacanta din Romania de luna trecuta (iunie 2018).
Photos from our yearly trip to Romania (June 2018)
Poze din vacanta din Romania de luna trecuta (iunie 2018).
Photos from Sibiu, a beautiful city in the heart of Romania
Poze din Sibiu, orasul din inima Romaniei
Photos from Arad, a city in the West of Romania, close to the border with Hungary.
Poze din Arad, un oras in vestul Romaniei, aproape de granita cu Ungaria
My 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.
Orice 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.
Lan de grau in Apuseni
Gulas in Slovacia
In Satul Chiscau
Castelul Corvinilor in Hunedoara, Romania
Pestera Ursilor (Bears’ cave in Romania)
Magari pe Transalpina (donkeys on Transalpina)
Ciorba de peste la ceaun (Fish soup)
Apus intr-un sat din muntii Apuseni, Romania
Castelul Neuschwanstein, Germania
Peisaj din Sudul Germaniei (south of Germany)
Verisoarele mele (my 2 cousins)
Oi pe Transalpina (sheep in Romania)
If 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!
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!
The 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.
Portile 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.
The Danube Gorge viewed from the Serbian side (Serbia-left, Romania-right) / Defileul Dunarii vazut din Serbia (teritoriul Serbiei in stanga, Romania in dreapta)
The 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”).
Statuia 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”).
Decebalus 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.
Cea 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.
Golubac Fortress on the Serbian side of Danube / Cetatea Golubat pe malul Serbiei
Parking lot in Serbia, near Golubac Fortress, along the Danube road / Parcare in Serbia langa cetatea Golubat, pe malul Dunarii
Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station on the Danube / Hidrocentrala Portile de Fier I pe Dunare
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Easter table setup in Romania: Salads, Red Eggs, Drob and fresh veggies
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!)
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.
It’s a traditional Easter cake, with sweet cheese and raisins. The recipe can vary in different regions of Romania.
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).
According to the time and mood of the housewife, there can be other cakes or foods at the Easter table 🙂
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?
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.
Bucurestiul 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.
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
The 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.
Muzeul 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)
Every 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.
Am 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.
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The 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.
Sfinxul 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.
From the cable car I spotted deers. / Din telecabina am vazut caprioare
What to see in 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).
It’s the biggest park in Targoviste, where you can walk, relax and admire the nature, or take a boat on the lake.
Chindia Park in Targoviste with view over the Chindia Tower
Alley in Chindia Park in Targoviste
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 🙂