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Top places to visit in Romania

10 Places to Visit in Romania

 

The abundance of tourist resources that dwell on the territory of our beautiful country is the essential element that makes any geography lesson worth learning from an early age. We grow up discovering all about what makes a simple visit to our country become an amazing adventure that can change the way foreign tourists perceive the Romanian landscapes.  

 

Without being deprived of patriotic pride in our minds, we have been thought that we have endless imposing mountains, gorgeous beaches, a rich history and endless traditions that can fill entire shelves of precious books about the most beautiful places in the world.

Sibiu- Romania
Sibiu

Furthermore, the most attractive thermal waters, the most popular castles and fortresses as well as the lush flora and fauna in our country make the tourist attractions in Romania gain their deserving top place in reputable magazines that describe the beauty of the world that surrounds us.  

 

As soon as anyone hears about the most beautiful cities in Romania, they have the impulse of getting on the first train to convince themselves of the accuracy of what others have said after their visit to our country.

 

Viscri in Brasov

 

You can go to Viscri, in Brasov a million times in your life and you will still be surprised to discover its beauty. Any time you go there, you will be mesmerized by the absolute silence that seems to have taken over this rustic place from our country. About five hundred people live in the area that does not seem to hide any mystery at first sight but which will win your heart as soon as you get there.

Fortifies church in Viscri Unesco Heratage

If you are a fan of the traditional Romanian stories, you will feel like you are living the life of one of Ion Creanga’s characters and that time has stopped for you to experience life differently during your visit to Romania. The people from the countryside are still socializing in a traditional manner, talking for hours in front of their homes. Anytime they see strangers passing by, they smile and welcome them to their homes.

 

The Horses Waterfall in the Rodnei Mountains

 

Very close to Borsa, one of the most amazing Romanian places in the Rodnei Mountains, the tourists can discover the Horses Waterfall that has become famous across the world. If you get there in winter, you will be mesmerized by the natural ice wonder that has taken over the place.

 

The natural cycle in the area has given birth to the largest waterfall in our country,  making tourists believe that the sky has opened its gates and keeps on throwing silver water streams on our lands. The noise of the water reaching the rocks can easily be considered the most relaxing zen sounds for the soul.

 

St. Ana Lake in Harghita

 

Our touristic itinerary continues today with another gorgeous snapshot of a beautiful place in Romania. Just imagine yourself admiring the imposing mountains and the green forests from a small traditional boat that floats naturally on St. Ana Lake in Harghita.

 

This is the only volcanic lake in Central Europe and as soon as you get there you will feel like you have discovered a new world, far away from the stress and the noises of urban life. All you feel like doing is meditating on the edge of the water, reading a good book and having a picnic like in the old days.

 

The Voronet Monastery in Gura Humorului

 

Our magic story of top cities to visit in Romania takes us to Gura Humorului next, in the Suceava County. No matter where you are from, you must have heard about the livelihood of the people living in Bucovina, an area rich in traditions, authentic in culture and well deserving of its fame.

 

This sacred nordic area in Romania has preserved its traditions and history like no other place in the world. As soon as you enter the gate of the Voronet Monastery, you will understand what the fairytales are saying about people who are living with an open heart and with a strong belief in everything that is sacred.

 

The Danube Delta

 

Our virtual visit to Romania could not have excluded the Danube Delta from its list. This is because this seems to be an area where life is lived entirely different under the direct governance of Mother Nature. The image of the pelicans living their life undisturbed and of the water lilies that are floating proudly on the water will stretch your imagination up to the point where you will feel like you have discovered Heaven.  Do not be surprised if you wake up wondering how this wild universe and the office buildings in Romania can be part of the same world.

 

 

The Bigar Waterfall in Caras-Severin

 

The amazing Romanian place that finds its way on our list today seems to come right from the story of how God made the world. The Bigar Waterfall in Caras-Severin seems to come right from the sack of natural wonders that make this world great. The blue shade of the water will make you believe that the sky rests right there. The way in which the water runs on the stones and its sound will make you stay there forever so as to be part of the miracles of nature and life.

 

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Maramures

 

When have you ever been in a cemetery and have gone out feeling joyful and appreciative of life? In case you never thought that this could be possible, you have not been to the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Maramures. This is the place that celebrates life even when someone passes away because the energy of that person remains alive through everything that he / she has done in life. This amazing Romanian place is a real manifestation of art featuring a totally different image from the gloomy landscape that you might expect to find in a cemetery.

Sapanta- Merry Cemetery- Maramures
Sapanta- Merry Cemetery- Maramures

 

The Harmonie Complex in Predeal

 

As a child, have you ever dreamed of being in a tree house similar to those you used to see in the American movies? In case you have given up on your dream, it is time for you to start believing in your dreams again because this is your chance to actually live this experience.

 

In Predeal, Brasov there is a magical place called the Harmonie Complex that features suspended tree houses made of natural wood, covered by leaf curtains and hugged by the tree branches that surround the magical area. The mountain view that you can admire from the windows in the tree houses will make you feel like a real character living his childhood dream.

 

Turda Salt Mine in Cluj

 

Turda Salt Mine is located at a 30-km distance from Cluj, being well preserved at several hundred meters below the surface. Once you get there, you will be exposed to a special underground world in which nature and the people have worked together, side by side, to create and reveal a little special salt town to the world. This is a real balneary health oasis as well as a small entertainment base that includes a sports field and a special playground for children. The natural museum is worth visiting while being there.

Turda salt mine- the lake
Turda salt mine- the lake

 

Alba Iulia Carolina Citadel

 

Transilvania is one of the Romanian regions that breath history through each and every natural and cultural element it features. Alba Iulia Carolina Citadel is a real architectural jewelry that manages to take tourists back in time through their imagination. You can feel as if you have learned hundreds of pages of history just from visiting this amazing place in Romania. Not to mention the degree of cultural enrichment that comes from seeing a citadel that has become famous across the globe.

Alba Iulia - Carolina Alba citadel Transylvania
Alba Iulia

 

These are ten of the most beautiful places in Romania and in the world. During your visit to our country, we recommend you to include these tourist attractions on your list of places to see. We promise you that you will go back home with a sack filled with gorgeous memories that will enrich your life. 

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Top Adventures for Solo Travelers

Top 5 Adventures for Solo Travelers

Some people prefer to travel solo instead of traveling in groups. They have their reasons and we totally respect them and feel there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking solo missions.

If you are willing to travel the world by yourself, you’re obviously going to want to go on some amazing adventures. To help you figure out the best, most exciting adventures for you to participate in, we’ve decided to share a list of our top five favorite solo adventures for everyone to enjoy.

So figure out the best way to pack your things and get ready to hop on a plane to somewhere you’ve never been before. These five solo adventure locations will practically blow you away they’re so amazing!

  1. Finland

oulu-Finland

If you’re looking for a vigorous adventure and something that may even take you a little bit outside of your comfort zone, then you’re definitely going to love being active in Finland. You’ll have an opportunity to participate in such exciting activities like snowmobiling in Oulanka National Park in Finland, cross country skiing, and you could even lead a dog sledding team, which is really exciting if it’s something you’ve never done before. Plus, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights in all of their glory while you visit Finland.

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  1. Oman

When it’s time to really step outside your comfort zone, the most welcoming part of the Arabian Peninsula is called Oman. You can truly enjoy and appreciate the hypnotic nomadic landscapes, drive 4 x 4s through the desert, visit mountain Bedouin villages, and appreciate the richness and beauty of the wild beaches in this part of the world. Plus you’ll have a chance to visit the Empty Quarter, which is a favorite of author TE Lawrence.

 

  1. Sri Lanka

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For those looking to enjoy an adventure in the sun but don’t necessarily want to spend their days lounging around on the beach, you’ll absolutely love Sri Lanka and all that this wonderful place has to offer. There are lots of activities going on all the time and you can partake in some of the best like backroad cycling, climbing Adam’s Peak to see the sunrise, wild river rafting through the Central Highlands, and you can even search for elephants and leopards while on an amazing jungle safari.

 

So step outside of your average and ordinary life and come visit Sri Lanka sooner rather than later. Spend a few weeks exploring this amazing place and you’ll appreciate every minute of it.

 

  1. Zambia

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Have you ever wanted to go on such an amazing adventure that you actually walked through parts of Africa? That’s exactly what you’re going to do if you decide to visit Zambia for your next action packed solo adventure.

 

On this trip, you’ll be able to go on a safari walk and experience Africa’s wildlife like you’ve never imagined possible. There are many tours in the area, so check out a few online and join one and take your next big adventure in the African safari.

 

  1. Mount Everest

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Seeing Mount Everest up close is an amazing experience to say the least. No one is saying you have to climb the mountain and no one is saying you have to sleep outside in a tent. They have convivial lodges at the foot of the mountain. You will have to share a room with someone else or you may even end up in a dormitory, but that’s all part of the experience. You get to meet new people, learn about new cultures, and see this amazing mountain live and in living color.

 

Conclusion

If you’re having trouble figuring out what events to check out in September as a solo traveler – rest assured that there are plenty of possibilities to do so. Please consider our top five adventures because they’re guaranteed to invigorate, excite, and provide a wonderful experience for everyone.

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Driving in Romania

Driving through a land of kind people

I have been lucky enough that my job allowed me to travel quite a

Surdesti

lot on the unknown roads of Romania, from south to north. Most of my experiences were fun, others impressive, some others quite hilarious. It was the case when I drove  a rent a car to drive in Maramures,  the north of Romania, the most amazing land, unique for its people and magic atmosphere.
It was late autumn when I decided to visit Maramures to check hotels around. I was running my own travel agency and I was targeting a special niche and checking out hotels was a must.  I went by night train tup o Baia Mare as the drive is long and tiring and I booked a rent a car, from the only company in town planning to drive around.

It went as planned. I took the car and I  start travelling right in the morning. The GPS was my flag, will was my main road. I travelled the first day trying to reach all the UNESCO heritage churches, the incredible ancestor buildings aroused in wood, worked piece by piece by anonymous peasants.

Driving in Romania, driving through amazement

All set. Car was working just fine and, one small detail, the car had the regional plate numbers. After I left Barsana monastery ( I really recommend to get there). I kind of got lost. The GPS seemed also in a big fog, indicating stupid routs. Hence I stopped next to an old man, an authentic local peasant. He spoke a sweet, slow rhythm Romanian language. I asked him directions and when he realised that I was not a local he started wondering: “Where are you from?” I answered shortly that I am from Bucharest, 650 km away. “But.. . you have local plate numbers. Are you married with a local?” I explained him shortly that I just rented the car  to drive across the country side. He did not understand how I could paid money to rent a car and he expressed his amazement  in the same slow manner.  He did also not understood how a “girl” is left  to drive across the country all on her own. He had that spirit of peace and wisdom, he balanced every single word. His concern was a parent-like worry, moreover he was preoccupied to help me find my way and to warn me that there plenty of “troubled people” and to pay attention.
I carried on my travel and I reached the northest point of Sapanta, the Merry Cemetery. Careless woman like I parked into a hole. Nasty one! Enormous! Huge! Scary! And… embarrassing enough … I could not get out of the nasty hole. It was a rainy day and the mud around the car made my mission impossible and not in a 007 sense! I was red  as hell when I just got out to ask for some help. It was this woman, I will always remember her, dressed in popular costume, heavy, but with a kind face. She just shouted twice: “You Gica, You Ioane! Come and help the girl” and the entire village was around me to push the car. Finally the mission was possible! I checked the rented car, everything was just fine, except the dirt around it.

Driving through Maramures – Romania,  return to the roots

I carried on driving southwards, back to accommodation and meaning to vision one more UNESCO church. I noticed one wooden church as most of Maramures are, I kept gazing at it. An old woman, followed by two goats asked me if me if I want a shortcut to the church through her yard. I agreed. Once I stepped in her in yard she invited me to see her house. I was pleased so, here I am Alice in Maramures land discovering the traditions on the front door, not on the keyhole! The house was surprising beautiful! SImple, clean, made out of wood, adorned with traditional carpets. It was food for sore soul. Well, she told the story of every single carpet and traditional decoration and she ended asking me: “Would you like to have some palinca??” If course I refused, I know the meaning of palinca! I left the place  all happy and amused.
I drove back my rent a car full of joy listening local folklore music, blessing the people who made my day happier. At the time I handed in the car, I spoke with the owner shortly about my beautiful experiences, omitting the “blonde” mistakes.

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What to do in Bucharest

Bucharest Tourists versus Business Travelers.

What To Do and Where To Go

Bucharest Summer Gardens
Bucharest Summer Gardens

Bucharest, the capital city of Romania is ready to welcome both business travelers and tourists. No matter the reason why you’re travelling to Bucharest, you’ll be glad to know that it is one of the most affordable but also one of most entertaining cities in Europe, with plenty to see and do.

OAR Garden Bucharest
OAR Garden Bucharest

If you are a business traveler, then you probably don’t have that much time to spare. Still, there are some must-see places and must-do things before you leave the city and with good time management you’ll be able to make the best out of your trip here.
Either if you’re coming to Bucharest on a business travel or as a tourist, you have to see the Palace of Parliament even if you don’t have the time to visit the interior. This is one of Bucharest’s main attractions and its most famous building. Some people see it as an architectural monstrosity and the symbol of Ceausescu’s megalomania while others are impressed by how imposing and luxurious it is. Either way, everyone seems to agree this is a must-see place in Bucharest.

Romanian Traditional Food
Sarmale cu mamaliguta. Romanian Traditional food

No matter how busy you are, you still have to eat, right? You cannot come to Bucharest and not have a taste of the traditional Romanian food, it’s delicious! The most famous dish is “sarmale cu mamaliguta” but there are many other traditional dishes you should try. Be warned: most of them are made with different kinds of meat, so it’s safe to say it’s not the most vegetarian-friendly traditional cuisine.
Just because you are on a business trip in Bucharest, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun too. Bucharest is an entertaining city with a vibrant nightlife, the kind of place where it’s impossible to get bored once the night comes. And if you want to soak up Bucharest’s nightlife, the best place to do it is the Old Town. Here you’ll find a variety of pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants, lounges, comedy clubs and even theatres, so you can either party till dawn or just relax over a glass of wine. Bucharest is also famous for its luxury casinos, a great alternative for night clubs.
If you’re travelling to Bucharest on holiday, then the best way to get to know the city and its locals is on foot. Bucharest has many beautiful neighborhoods, streets and buildings just waiting to be discovered. This is how you will get to see the contrast between new and old, between its modern present and communist past and many other cultural influences that make it a unique city.

Romanian AthenaeumEven if it’s really difficult to mention all of them, here are some of the places where you should try to visit:
Bucharest’s most beautiful neighborhoods: Cotroceni, Armenian, Negustori, Mantuleasa.
Museums to visit: Village Museum, Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, The National Art Museum, Peasant Museum, George Enescu Museum, The Museum of Art Collections.
Gardens and terraces where you can hang out if you are visiting the city in the summer that are not in the Old City: Funky Lounge (Herastrau), Eden, J’ai Bistrot, Acuarela, Verona Garden.
Buildings you should not miss: Romanian Athenaeum, Stavropoleos Church, The National Bank Palace, Cantacuzino Palace, CEC Building, National Theatre, Coral Temple, National Military Palace.
Another place that is perfect both for business travelers and tourists is Therme Bucuresti, the biggest spa and wellness center in Europe. This place is like a tropical paradise where you can actually relax and escape the concrete jungle even if it’s just for a couple of hours.
Last but not least, Bucharest accommodation is very budget-friendly both for business travelers and tourists. The best accommodation option in Bucharest is staying at one of the lux apartments in the city centre. They are affordable, impeccable, really close to all the main tourist attractions and offer you all the comfort and privacy you need on your stay here.

Enjoy!

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Things to do in Bucharest

What you can do in Bucharest?

Once known as the Paris of East, a reference for the beautiful ateneulmixture of architectural styles, l during latest years Bucharest has become acknowledged as one of the most vibrant cities for the night life lovers, and also a resource for fun and spa relaxation.

Bucharest as Paris of East

The architecture is a beautiful mixture of classical and eclectic French style. Victoriei Avenue and Kisseleff are the most representative streets to understand the reason for which the city is named The Little Paris of East.

Victoriei Avenue is long row of beautiful buildings on which the French architects or at least their influence showed their mastery on imposing edifices like Royal Palace,Cantacusino Palace or Atheneum.

On the other side, the Arch of Triumph and the entire urbanist setting, the intersection with Kisellef Road is for the tourist a reflection of Champs Elysee.

The Palace of Parliament

It is the most grandiose building in Bucharest, actually, being the second largest administrative building in the world, can easily be named as one of the most impressive edifices in the world. Even if most overseas tourists knows it as the Palace of Ceausescu, the truth is that the former communist leader has never reached the point in working or living in this palace

The night life of Bucharest

Bucharest Old City is wildly know for its vibrant night life. Mainly known as Lipscani area, due to the main street, the walking area is full of amazement an joy. There is no taste that the old city can cover: from fine dining, clubs to theatres and street art, the narrow streets of the of Bucharest is the side of enjoyment and place to be to have fan.

You can eat, dance, enjoy beautiful music and relax within the same perimeter.

Where to sleep and eat in Bucharest

There are plenty of accommodation options in Bucharest. Hotels 2-5*, guest hoses, villas and serviced apartments for all tastes and budgets are spread all over the city.

As we mentioned the Old city is the homeland of restaurants and dining out area. Even in small neighbourhood you can fine either lovely restaurants or small take-away shops

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Bucharest serviced apartment with a view

Serviced apartments with a view in Bucharest

Bucharest seen from a suite with a view

I am being arrogant these days and and trust me, I have a good reason. I do have a room with a view. It’s not the movie, no, not at all but I  really have the good fortune to oversee Bucharest city from one of the upper floors windows in ONE88 Apartmentsone of the newest serviced apartments in town. The view is simply magnificent!

Behind the all endowments of the lovely suite that I stay in  these days, the image of an agitated city t is the best blessing I need.

Why ONE88 Apartments are different?

Some of you might know I explore Romania since there used to be a tour operator having the same name.  I ran the agency and well, as a former travel professional I used  to go from hotel to hotel  in order to know my “commodity”.

1 BEDROOM APARTMENT in ONE88
1 BEDROOM APARTMENT in ONE88

The number of accommodation spaces I have visisted last 5 years is countless. And , remember, I have always visited them with a critic eye.  Luckly for my sense of relaxation, The tourism period is long gone and I can always evaluate as a normal tourist does. Now, back to ONE88 Apartments and their differentiations:

  • The apartments are spacious. The smallest suite sums a surface  of around 40 sqm.
  • The luminosity of the apartments is overwhelming.  If you rememeber I mentioned “window”. Please Pardon me! I am speaking about  hight countless windows, all in row!
  • Apartments’ equipment:  the kitchens are fully endowed, all you ONE88 Apartments viewhave to do is take the benefit of all furniture.  Bathrooms have all the stuff you need, including toiletry. And the living space… well, once again: modern furniture, large TV set ( LED, unlike other places) cable TV, High speed wifi…  You name it and you shall recieve.
  •  Safety. There are serviced apartments around the city, but in this case all apartments under ONE 88 are under the same roof. Guests  benefit of 24/7 porter services, parking place  and other safety amenities  similar to hotels, but have the privacy and space of an apartment. 
  • Amenities withing the building  are different.  The facility has an amazing 350 sqm indoor playground  and above the building is a sky bar offering an amazing sunset view.

You all know that accommodation is always beyond words. Come and experience it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Labor holiday with I explore

Fun Labor holiday

 

For Labor Holiday, we had a  3 day party with a concert in cave. Actually,  at the time  I organized this I believed that the concert is the main catch of this stay. Actually, everything was fun and we all turned into friends.

Bach Aria- Valea Cetatii

The  3 days  stay for some, 4 for others, was a continuous party fun, laughter and adventure. We visited Rasnov Citadel, we played games by the fire while having mulled wine… Even the “failure” as we went to look for a Roman castrum which existed in 1 st century BC, now only a shape of it, was a motif for fun as we had to experience some off-road driving.

The photographers, during their workshop, had to face the challenge that in the cave was not lightning at all, so they had a competition with their skills, but not with one another. After a portion of classical music and jazz, we had a small zip (line) of adventure.

Tourists who stayed the forth day, enjoyed a traditional Zup party. Zup is a  traditional meal cooked in Rasnov area. In the end, the party went into a traditional Romanian dance.

Testimonials:

 

Laura:  “The trip organized  by  I explore for  1 May was one of the most successful I’ve eve been to: we had campfire accompanied by mulled wine , songs and games. There were also visits to various targets ( roman fortress Rasnov,  Fortress,  Valea Cetatii cave  ) and of course the icing on the cake: the concert held in Valea Cetatii cave that has a great sound . Accommodation and atmosphere were excellent , Corina is an excellent organizer who took care of everything to do go well and we felt very good! ”

Agatha:“Even if I repeat myself, it sounds very good, ” Musical May 1″ was a special event,  Bran I explore Romania!. And what could be more beautiful than a mingling of classical music in an exceptional performance in the gorgeous scenery offered by Valea Cetatii cave, enjoying the surrounding wildlife Rasnov Citadel with a group of friends, and fun at the campfire? We combine business with pleasure: we relaxed, we enjoyed good music, I learned in the workshop of photography and  WE HAD FUN! Corina gave us besides spending some wonderful moments and new friends that we want to revisit them as soon as possible!”

Zup- traditional food in Rasnov area
Zup- traditional food in Rasnov area
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Music and photography event

Music and photography event

As May 1st is a day after the International jazz day I explore organizes a Musical May 1st . We invite you to the concert in Pestera Valea Cetatii (cave)fire camp and mulled wine, and whoever wishes may attend a photography workshop. The concert is performed by Academic Clarinet Quartet and organized by I explore.

Rasnov Rasnov is a town in Brasov county, 20 km away form Brasov city and 6 km away from the famous Bran castle, the one people associates with Dracula. Rasnov Citadel is a peasant citadel, a proof of former local organization of villages in Transylvania.

The Valea Cetatii cave is very well organized and besides, this is a “cultural cave”.

Attractions in and around Rasnov area:

• Rasnov Citadel

• Bran Castle

• Zip-line at Pestera Valea Cetatii

• Hiking or cycling in the mountains

• Brasov city Music: Jazz concert performed by Academic Clarinet Quartet Photography workshop (optional): event photography

 

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Romanian traditions in the springtime: Martisor

Romanian traditions: Martisor

Martisor celebration is symbol of spring time and fertility in Romania and Bulgarian tradition.  Martisor is a small jewel or decoration attached to a red and white string and it is offered during March ( “Martie” in Romanian).

Today the custom is more commercial, men offering as “martisor”s to women al sort of broche or gifts with the white and red string. In fact the story of Martisor is more connected with the string itself.

The myth says that Sun came down on Earth transformed into a beautiful young girl. A bad dragon found out that beyond  that beautiful woman was the sun and imprisoned her into his dark castle. After Sun disappeared everything went sad, from animal and flowers in wilderness to the playing children.  .

One brave lad,  seeing all the unhappiness around him decided to  confront the bad dragon. He looked for the castle an entire year, summer, autumn, through the winter. When he finally found the Dragon, the spring time was approaching. There was an incredible fight between the young man and, finally, the  young man killed the dragon and released the you girl. She transformed into Sun again, started shining and everybody regain happiness.

The young man was so bad wounded that the his blood poured into the white snow . The snow , under the heat of the sun melt and snowdrops started growing. It is said that people wear with and red string to remember the brave man.

I do not know if many remember this, but Martisor in Romanian tradition it is an optimist day, happening on 1st March.  Men offers sometime snowdrops and the feeling that freezing season is left behind incite to happiness.

Also, the traditions says that the Martisor is worn the entire March and at the end of the month the string should be placed in a fruit tree. To be honest, I haven’t seen too many fruit trees with red and white strings, this is a reason to remind you. To be completely honest, my friend Annie remind me that Martisor ( 1 of March) is pretty close and I have to take attitude.

Enjoy your spring season!!!

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Bucharest.

Bucharest. Why a city-break?

After highlighting general stuff  and  a brief history, I am going to say a few words about sightseeing places.

Roads in Bucharest

Calea Victoriei (Victoriei Avenue)

Placed in the center of Bucharest-  from Victoriei Palace, meeting Dambovita river on the other end- it is and it has been the greatest attraction of Bucharest. It was named the Large Street  and it had that muddy Balkan look, so there was a layer of wood in order to prevent this. Thus, in late 17 century the road was named Mogosoaia Wood-Paved Road. Only in 1842, wood was replaced with asphalt. In 1878, after the Independence War (1877-1878) the road was name Victoriei ( Victory’s road).

Calea Victoriei was the street lighten road in Bucharest, sheltered the many important buildings  and still does. Calea Victoriei remains the “high end” road.  Besides all the Historical buildings along the road, many boutiques or luxury shops can be found on Calea Victoriei.

Important Buildings on Calea Victoriei

–          Romanian Athenaeum-  designed by the French architect  Albert Galleron, it was built by public donation. It was a saying “donate a leu (Romanian currency) for the Athenaeum”. It was finished in 1888. Inside the Athenaeum ceiling, in the grand hall, it is painted the entire history of Romania starting with Roman times.

–          National Museum of Art of Romania- former Royal Palace. It was built at the beginning of 19th century, but it becomes Princedom residence in 18376 with Alexandru Ghica Voda. It was also the residence of Carol Ist Hohenzollern.At the end of 19th century, It was the first building on Calea Victoriei with electrical lightening. Following to a great fire, the entire building is rebuilt in 1937. After communism coming to lead, it became National Museum of Art.

–          Kretzulescu Church- It was built in 1722 by local boyar Iordache Cretulescu.

–          Piata Revoluţiei (Revolution Square).  It is situated in from of former Communist party headquarter and it is the place where Romanian Revolution started in Bucharest in December 1989.

–          Palatul Telefoanelor ( Telephony Palace)- Built in 1933. It was the most modern building on those times.

–          National Museum of History of Romania-It was built at the end of 19th century as Post Palace. Since 1970s it shelters the National Museum of History of Romania.

–          Casa de Economii si Consemnaţiuni ( CEC- Economy house)- it was finished in 1900 as Economy house. The plans were made by French  Architect Paul Gottereau.

Soseaua Kiseleff ( Kiselef Road)

Road name after the Russian count Paul Kiseleff (Kiseliov) who lead the Russian Military administration in Romania between 1829 to 1834.

Buildings on Kiseleff:

National Museum of Geology- Built at the beginning of 20th Century for Institute of Geology

Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History-  the present building of Museum was built between 1893 – 1944. The National Museum of Natural History was established and developed by Grigore Antipa. It has a great collection of natural science exhibitons.

The Romanian Peasant Museum –The actual building was finished in 1941. The collections exhibited within the museum are samples of folklore, customs and living of Romanians in rural side of Romania.

Elisabeta Palace- Built in 1936 for Elisabeta of Greece ( born princess of Romania) as combination of  Romanian Brancovenesc and Mauro style  , King Michael ask permission for residing there. It is the place where he abdicated and also still have his residence.

Village Museum-  It is an outdoor museum offering a significant representation houses and villages all over Romania. I recommend visiting while in Bucharest. Opened since 1936.

Primaverii district

It is the district where former communist leaders had their residence houses. It was initially build for the Union in Gas field. Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej used the houses as conspiratorial houses, then little by little it became a communist leaders cluster. Under pretext of offering the inhabitants a priviledge of leaving there, Nicolae Ceausescu rather took measures to supervise lower rank communist party leaders.

Old Center of Bucharest

Situated close to km 0 of Bucharest, the historical center is the place where you can find anything: from fun to culture or religion. This area is mainly pedestrian and all over, in old historical buildings, you can find  pubs, coffee –shops, clubs, restaurants , pub-theatres… In this area, where once used to be the area of small traders or artisans, but also the Old court of Vlad the Impaler residence, now is the nucleus of fun and joy of Bucharest. During summer, Old Center is a delight: restaurant with cuisines all around the world, pubs and cafes of all sorts, terraces all around, clubs, pub concerts …anyone can find something on its own taste.

 A realist description of changes around the Old Center can be found  also here: Read also

Old city by night
Old city by night

Palace of Parliament

The Palace of Parliament is the biggest building in Bucharest and not only. People House, how it was named during its construction period – in Communism- it is the largest civilian administrative building in the world. The enormous building shows the  show off attitude of former Communist leader, Nicolae Ceausescu.

The story behind this megalomaniac building started after the earthquake in March 1977. Nicolae Ceausescu considered to redesign Bucharest entirely and to include in this plan a building for Communist party leaders.

In order to chose the best project to suite “the new face of Bucharest” there was a contest, taking around one year for nominating the winning project. The architect winning the project was Anca Petrescu, very young at that time.  Even if the Palace of Parliament concept was initiated by Nicolae Ceausescu, he did not reach to see it finalize as in 1898 the Revolution took place, culminating with  Ceausescu’s death sentence. The Palace was inaugurate in 1997 and now it is MP’s house.

Palace of Parliament in figures:

 Size:

length – 270 m

width  – 245 m

height – 86 m

underground – 92 m

Materials:

Marble: 1.000.000 m³

Crystal : 3.500  tones

Leather: 3.500 m²

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Bucharest.

 Bucharest. Why a city-break?

Back in time

As I previously said, the legend behind Bucharest is a shepherd, named Bucur, here comes the name Bucharest (Bucuresti, locally) . Actually, shepherds are legendary figures in Romanian folklore and local legends. Romanian most representative folkloric  poem is “Little sheep” (“Miorita ” in Romanian), the story of three shepherds and the attitude of Romanian shepherd in front of death.

The  date of establishment is uncertain. Certain it is that in 1474 there was already built a Princedom curt as secondary residence of Prince of Wallachia. I am mentioning 1474 as that was the last year of Vlad the Impaler, the one people know as Dracula, leadership, his third lordship.

Context: During medieval times, once with the development of Ottoman Empire, Romanian states, as well as neighboring country, Bulgaria, were under constant attacks of Ottoman ( Turks) army.  This countries were a defending  gate for Christianity and, considering around  75% of Romanian Christian population in Romania and that the rest of Europe Christianity still exists, they did a good job! Bucharest was in army’s way to Occident at that time.  Bucharest it is said to have been surrounded by forest (Vlasia Forest) and mashes, a  type of natural protection. Most favorite way of Romanian defense was to poison fountains and to attract enemies into the marshes or unfriendly terrain or weather.

Besides outside enemies, constant fights between boyar “houses” was a reason for short leadership for Princes/ leaders of Romanian Princedoms. Vlad the Impaler himself, the most known Romanian leader worldwide, was involved in such a local fight. The battle between Draculesti and Danesti(adverse house) crashed Wallachia within during those times. It is much to be said here, even the story behind the name Dracula, but it will come into another post.

Considering all these battles, within and, mostly, outside, Wallachia did not have the environment to be on the same line as western countries. As they used to pay tribute to Ottoman Empire and they were repeatedly under suzerainty of Ottoman Empire for a long time, the influences during that period were obviously coming from Orient.

Starting with Phanariote rulers in first two decades of 1700s, Bucharest became capital of Wallachia, many boyars moved to Bucharest, building their residence in the city.  In  1862, once with the small union ( Moldavia+ Wallachia) under Alexandru Ioan Cuza leader, Bucharest to become the capital of Romania. This is the time of major changes in Bucharest look.

In 1866, Romania became reign and this was the period of major changing. The German thinking of Romanian kings descendants  of Hohenzollern family with the help of many French architects involved in creation of numerous  now historical buildings in Bucharest, changed Bucharest into little  Paris of East.

In December 1947 King Michael of Hohenzollern abdicated and Romania, Bucharest inclusively,  was highly influenced by communist rulers and their way of thinking. Industrialization was the main word.  After the earthquake in 1976, Nicolae Ceausescu planned a new global look for Bucharest.  Most of the district or suburbs  houses were demolished and replaced with tall blocks of flats in order to gather in the same city a larger population. During this period was also the time when it was taken the decision to build House of Parliament ( or the People House as it was named during communism), a building meant to impress Phenian.

After the Revolution of December 1989, modern, glass buildings showed into Bucharest landscape, sometimes in an uncontrolled way.

to be continued…

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Bucharest.

Bucharest, the little Paris of the East. Why a city-break?

Legend and general stuff

First I will explain the sub-title” yes, between the Two World Wars, Bucharest was considered the little Bucharest of the east. If you ever have the privilege to up on the Arch of the Triumph in Bucharest, the landscape convinces you that Bucharest is little Paris, established on the gates to the Balkan world.

The legend says that the shepherd Bucur during his yearly  transhumance from Charpatians to south, down to Danube river, he got tired and decided to find a place in the field to rest with his sheep. In Vlasia Forest he found this river, Dambovita river. He settled there with his daughter and some shepherds that were helping him with the herd. His descendants and her daughter descendants were the settlers of Bucharest. On a small hill in center of Bucharest, next to Dambovita river, there a church named Bucur. It is said that  the church was established by Bucur and his family.

Palace of Parliament Bucharest. the second greatest administrative building in the world.
Palace of Parliament Bucharest. the second greatest administrative building in the world.

As this is a legend, it is difficult to date back in time. It is certain thought that during Vlad the Impaler, so wrongly imagined as Dacula,  has his second residence in Bucharest. Considering that the latest of three princedoms  and year of his death was 1474, the tow must have existed there long before that date.  The ruins of Old Court can be still seen  in the Old city, during night the lighted statue of Vlad the Impaler is dominating the place.

As a fact, in Romanian “(ma) bucur” mean “I feel joy”. In a sense you can interpret  Bucharest (Bucuresti in Romanian) as city of joy or just simply enjoy it.

I am not going to say the entire Romanian history, but I will name key periods that influenced Bucharest as a town/ city and its inhabitants.

In the early medieval time, from 11 to 14th century, after the Roman pullback, on the Romanian territory there were formed 3 states: Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia.

Situated in southern side of actual Romania, Bucharest is present capital of Romania and  part of former Wallachia.  There were several capitals/residences of  Wallachia. The main capital of Wallachia were Curtea de Arges, followed Campulung for a short while,  Targoviste was for a longer period of time capital  of Wallachia (1396-1714), Bucharest became the capital of Wallachia, once the phanariotes rulers came to lead Romanian Princedom.

Back to Bucharest now: it is inhabited by almost 2 million citizens, it is the most populated city in Romania and it is the city with the biggest contributor to Romanian GDP. It has a surface of  228 sqkm and it has colorful architecture: mall, communist buildings and historical once, all in the same city.

I am not going to go through the entire history of Bucharest, but I will enhance periods important in Bucharest development into what Romanian capital is today.

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Sibiu – idyllic and cultural

Sibiu – idyllic and cultural

 

Recently I wrote about Brasov, one of the seven inhabited citadels in  Romania. Today I am going  to write about another one, Sibiu, also one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Considered by Forbs in top eight as one of the most idyllic cities to live in, Sibiu is a beautiful cities in Transylvania, but also Sibiu can be also an important cultural experience while you are visiting Romania.  Just to confirm the authentic lovely and romantic air of the city, during last November, the Bollywood Salamn Khan shot part of a video for his coming up movie in Sibiu and Sighisoara.

Sibiu, also known as  Hermannstadt in German  was built around  12th century  by  Transylvanian Saxons.  Sibiu was also known as the richest and flourishing citadels built by German dwellers. The wealth of the inhabitants of Sibiu was reflected in majestic buildings and strong fortification built for defense.  The two main squares are still bringing the air of authenticity of Medieval times, imbued with Saxon architecture, in a Romanian setting.  Narrow little streets contract with sumptuous buildings around the Old town.

The grandeur of Sibiu was enhanced by the influenced by the erudite Samuel von Brunkethal, governor of Transylvania, but also an art lover and virtuoso. He also was the founder of Museum in Sibiu, the oldest museum in Romania. Another Samuel, Samuel von Hahnemann  was to write history in Sibiu as was the  first to open homeopathic laboratory at the beginning of 18th century.

It is something more about Sibiu. It has that “visit me!” magnet and from cobbled streets to imposing constructions, all are inviting the tourist to go ahead and enjoy the city.  The division  Upper and Lower town does not draw a line between Old and new how it happens in other cities.  Upper town involves a promenade on the alleys with sumptuous and historical buildings, while Lower town makes you feel like a handicraftsman or merchant  in the Medieval town.  The Big, the Small and Huet Square are the main places where one should start wandering around. Pass through Stairs Passage, cross the Bridge of Lies, visit Brukenthal Museum and you will fall in love with Sibiu forever.

What to visit: Great Square, Huet Square, the beautiful Stairs Passage connection between  upper town and  lower town, the Bridge of Lies, Goldsmiths’ Square and the Small Square.  And do not miss Brukenthal National Museum and Astra Open Air Museum!

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Brasov – gate to Transylvania

Brasov  –  gate to Transylvania

When it comes to Romania, most of the tourists associate Romania to Transylvania.

Brasov is the closest Transylvanian city, situated at  around 200 km away from the Romanian capital- Bucharest.  The city has always been flourishing, along centuries being a referral of trade and crafts, mainly due to its position, on the border of Wallachia and close to Moldavia as well as an important trade gate in Transylvania.  Corona, Kronstadt, Brasso or Brasov, as the city was named along centuries, has always been an important strategic point as the residence of Barsa County.  Besides, being placed  at the base of Tampa Mountains, in the Carpathians, Brasov it is charming regardless the season or even the centuries.

The city seems to date back to Dacian times, some archeological indices being found at Solomon stones and close to Mayor Hall Square.

Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on previously Dacian location, as previously mentioned, and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, along with Sibiu, Cluj, Sighisoara, Medias and Bistrita.

More proofs about the existence of the city at Tampa are found around  14th century when the town of those days had nucleus around St Mary Church ( presently Black Church).

Attractions in Brasov:

The Council Square: Placed in  the heart of old medieval Brasov among red-roofed merchant houses, the Council Square is a lovely  rest place for the tourist.

Old Town Hall (1420 – now it shelters  Brasov’s History Museum),  it is situated close to another famous attraction of the city:  Black Church.  Merchant’s House (Cerbul Carpatin restaurant) built  in the Renaissance style is placed close to it.

Black  Church:  Impressive by its size ( known as the biggest church between Vienna and Istanbul), the building got its name as a consequence of the big fire in 1689, when most of the town burnt. During this fire, the wall of the edifice blacken and the damages were  repaired in 100 years of restoration. During restorations, the  gothic aspect of the interior tended to the baroque style mostly seen today. The church also shelters 119 Anatolian Carpets( being the biggest collection of this type in Europe) and also a big attraction is the sound 4,000-pipe organ.

Defensive Fortifications:  The fortification was built  by Saxons as a consequence to the repeated attacks of Mongols and  Turks starting since 12th century.

They were originally built between 1440 and 1650 and  a small part of the historical fortification can be seen today. From the 7 initially bastions today can still be seen : Graft Bastion, White tower, Black Tower, Blacksmiths’ Bastion, Weavers’ Bastion, Brasov fortress, Catherine’s Gate, Schei Gate.

Facts: the 3rd narrowest street in Europe is Rope Street ( strada Sforii) and it measures from 111 to 135 cm and it is 80 m long.

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Day trip in Maramures

Day trip in Historical Maramures

MARAMURES -Surdesti Wooden Church
MARAMURES -Surdesti Wooden Church

Day trip in Historical Maramures

departure from Baia Mare/Cluj Napoca

  • Surdesti wooden church in 1721 one of the eight churches included in UNESCO World Heritage Circuit and highest wooden church in the world 72m
  • Wooden church Budeşti – there is a collection of icons painted on glass. There is the  armor of Pintea  the Brave, a Robin Hood of Maramures
  • continue along the valley Cosau the holidays, the next village, where you can admire some hand carved wooden gates Maramures style and extraordinary old local  crafts: whirlpool, Horinca mill and grain mill, all functional
  •     Barsana Monastery – dating from the seventeenth century but demolished by the communist regime and rebuilt on the old settlement residents of old monastery
  • The Memorial of Communism  at the Sighet Memorial – former communist prison where they were incarcerated and have found the end most of the interwar Romanian intellectuals;
  •  Meal at one of the many restaurants with traditional food from Sighet (recommended Marmatia)
  • Merry Cemetery in Sapinta – these unique wooden works and poems engraved on the tombs in the village cemetery crosses made ​​by a folk artist named Stan Ioan Patrascu  since 1935
  • return to Sighet 18 km and Berbesti can admire a beautiful wooden cross built by unknown local village dating centuries back
  • Wooden church from Desesti – UNESCO circuit paintings with biblical images interior well preserved throughout the walls and even on the ceiling of the church
    back in Baia Mare along the Mara Valley, crossing Gutii mountains the most important access road to Historical Maramures

 

Includes: itinerary as described, car, driver/ guide.

Notes:

This tour can be made entirely during summer, when day is longer.

There is a local airport in Baia Mare with flights to and from Bucharest.

The closest international airport is Cluj Napoca on a shorter route or overnight during itinerary. Transfers  and trip can be done upon request for tourists lodged in Cluj Napoca .

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Maramures and its places – I

 Maramures and its amazing places – I

 

 

I just came a while ago from Maramures, the most Nordic point on Romanian map and this  is an experience should be shared, but mostly to be lived. I went to find some accommodation to suite my taste: traditional, but still having good facilities. What started to be work, it was joy and fun from one end to the other.

 

As you reach Baia Mare, the “capital” of Maramures, even as Romanian I felt in another world. People are calmer and they seem not to be in a permanent rush as people from southern side of Romania. The small historical centre of Baia Mare is clean and coquette, the main historical buildings watch over the pedestrian area. This central place is a return in the past; even people are well connected to modern times. The Tower of St Stefan is around 50 m tall and seems to watch over the city. Part of the St. Stephan cathedral, the building  was started in 14 th century by John of Hunedoara as a sign of victory against Turks, the tower was finished only in mid 15th Century during Mateius Corvinus. It is made from rough blocks of river stones and in 17 century, while rebuilding the tower, a clock was added. Weather, lightning and time left us only this tower from entire cathedral.

 

Baia Mare Old center
Baia Mare Old center
ST Stefan tower- Baia Mare
ST Stefan tower- Baia Mare

On the opposite- south corner of Old city, imposing in its baroque style, stays the Romano- Catholic Cathedral (former Jesuit). Built in the first quarter of 18 century by Jesuit priests, the beautiful Cathedral remains a point of attraction.  The butcher bastion is the only fortification tower remains from seven bastions built around medieval city built during between 14-16th centuries.

Historical buildings are spread around the old center, colorful and with personality, contrasting with Industrial tower ( the tallest building in Romania 351.5 m) situated in the opposite side of the city, of course in industrial area.

As you leave the city to the historical Maramures, the scenery changes and bits and pieces of the history seems to be alive. Modern times brought their contribution, but there is an impressive touch of beautiful to pass through archaic rural reminiscence. Hay stacks are spread here and there, locals, wearing traditional hats bring the hay from hills on carts pulled by car, cow herd’s crop on the grassland around villages.

 

MARAMURES -Surdesti Monastery
MARAMURES -Surdesti Monastery

 

MARAMURES Surdesti - traditional Stoop

The Monastery of Surdesti (part of UNESCO Heritage since 1999) is a local presence by its wooden tower, 54 m tall. Besides its tower, one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world, the innocent rural look, the simplicity of this beautiful church it makes it more beautiful. There is no gold, arcades or excessive stylization. A local skilled constructor in wood, Ion Macarie, built in 1766 this church for his community. The  traditional entrance, a small stoop, shows also the constructor mastery of working the wood.  It incredible high, I should admit. But also impressive about this church is its simplicity and still elaborated aspect. The village around it contributes to serenity that this place brings it to the passer by.  I just felt that every church should look like this: impressive and still simple.

 

The gate of Surdesti
The gate of Surdesti

If you want to experience Maramures you can try a day trip 

 

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Story like city: Cluj Napoca

Story like city: Cluj Napoca

Cosmopolite, colorful, historical, University-based, relaxed, cultural, joyful ,  these are some of the attributes I find for Cluj Napoca.  They are not few, but still not enough to describe this Northern Transylvanian city.

Places on Feleacu Hill, Cluj Napoca is always an attraction for any type of tourist. Even a this late November day , this city  was sunny and shinning.  The glow came from inside, the sun was  friendly with Cluj Napoca, even if over all Romania was  announced and winter to start its role. The enormous gothic church, St. Michael ( the second biggest in Transylvania) surveys the Union Square of Cluj. Built between 14-15 century, the building still dominates the big city of 21 century. Its dimensions impresses the people passing by, regardless their religious opinion. To have an idea: It is 80 m tall and  70 m long!

Saint Michael Church - Cluj Napoca
Saint Michael Church – Cluj Napoca
 
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On the pedestrian area, people of all ages walk calm on the paved alley. Romanian flags fly on buildings  as a manifestation of happiness.  Restaurants, coffee shops and bars  welcome clients along the street. Places for all budgets and tastes: from doner kebab shop or pizzeria to traditional cabbage restaurant where you can have  tasty  local meal “varza a la Cluj” ( cabbage as in Cluj).

Cluj is Universitar city and Universities of every type are spread  here and there with their specific: arts, installations, medicine, technology  and… many students- young happy faces. The most known is Babes Bolay, University building of an eclectic architectural style, shelters over 50.000 students yearly.

Cluj Napoca- city Theatre
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On Avram Iancu Square The Orthodox church  watches over the city and over Avram Iancu statue. The grandness of the  Cathedral  overwhelms you and seems to have impresses even the statue in front of it. Built between 1923 -1933 in Romanian style, the 18 derricks of the church  watches over the Theater, the Theology University, the Metropolitan Palace.

The Cluj City Theatre faces the Orthodox Cathedral- proud  shows off its eclectic -colorful arcade style. Inaugurated in 1919, the building is in 2000’s a representative house of culture, beauty and grandeur.

I hope I teased you enough  to visit it.

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Geriatrics treatment

 Geriatrics treatment

 

 

The Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics was founded in 1952 as the first institution of this kind by Decision of the Ministerial Cabinet. In 1974 it became a National Institute and in 1974 it took the name of “Ana Aslan”. From its beginnings the Institute was led by Prof. Acad. Ana Aslan M. D.until 1988. It has had medical geriatric assistance and social gerontology research as main activities. The Institute was commended in 1964 as a model of geriatric institution by WHO.

Otopeni headquarters of the National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics “Ana Aslan ” is close to the International Airport Henri Coanda Otopeni (1.5 km) , located in the middle of a natural park of about 33 hectares.

 

National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics “Ana Aslan ” is structured hotel following : • flats 2 ** • 2 ** rooms used for single or double Total number of beds available in the rooms and suites is 334. The National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics “Ana Aslan ” activity is permanent throughout the year . Admissions can be made only with prior appointment , for periods of 7 or 14 days. Programming is required : identification of the person ( persons ) requiring hospitalization , copies of medical records to showing medical conditions and medications currently used , order to determine the appropriateness of admission . Outpatient treatment is possible or unique medical consultation in for recommending further treatment .

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF TREATMENT AND SERVICES

Healthcare National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics and default

Its headquarters from Otopeni has a unique character by applying specific therapy Gerovital or Aslavital after the original method “Ana Aslan ” developed by Mrs. Professor Ana Aslan over 50 years of research .

Given that a complete cure “Ana Aslan ” usually takes two weeks , it is recommended that the placement be carried out over a period of 14 days. In exceptional cases accepted for a shorter hospitalization , but no less than 7 days.

Therapy “Ana Aslan” can be performed in outpatient system , following a medical consultations by specialist geriatrician and a biological balance , they aimed to establish a diagnosis and develop a strategy therapeutic .

The headquarters of the Institute Otopeni working 26 doctors, 80 nurses.

The vast majority of doctors in the Institute specialize in geriatrics and Gerontology and also have at least one other medical specialty . As a result, patient may receive, in addition to geriatric consultation, also medical consultation for:

– Internal medicine

– cardiology

– gastroenterology

– neurology

– psychiatry

– rehabilitation

-O.R.L.

– ophthalmology

– psychology

– rheumatology

– urology

– dermatology

Information provided by National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics “Ana Aslan”

Pictures Copyright Ana Aslan Medical Institute

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UNESCO Heritage in Romania

UNESCO Heritage in Romania

 

 UNESCO Cultural  Heritage

  • Churches of Moldavia (1993)
    • The Church of the Holy Rood, Patrauti
    • The Church of St George of the former Voronet Monastery
    • The Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist ( Suceava,built by Luca Arbore)
    • The three-apsed Church of St George, formerly the Metropolitan Church of Moldavia
    • The Church of St Nicholas and the Catholicon of the Monastery of Probota
    • The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Monastery of Humor
    • The Church of the Annunciation of the Monastery of Moldovita

     

    • Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains (1999)
      • Sarmizegetusa Regia  ( Orastie Plateau)
      • Costeşti-Cetatuie
      • Costesti-Blidaru
      • Luncani Piatra Rosie fortress
      • Banita (Jiu Valley)
      • Căpâlna fortress

       

      • Historic Centre of Sighişoara (1999)

       

      • Monastery of Horezu (1993)

       

      • Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania (1993)
        • Biertan
        • Câlnic
        • Prejmer
        • Viscri
        • Dârjiu
        • Saschiz
        • Valea Viilor

         

        • Wooden Churches of Maramureş (1999)
          • The Church of the Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple (Bârsana)
          • The Church of Saint Nicholas (Budeşti)
          • The Church of the Holy Paraskeva
          • The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin
          • The Church of the Holy Archangels (Plopiş)
          • The Church of the Holy Parasceve (Poienile Izei)
          • The Church of the Holy Archangels (Rogoz)
          • The Church of the Holy Archangels (Şurdeşti)

 Natural Heritage

Danube Delta (1991)

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Brukenthal National Museum- Sibiu- Baroque and Illuminism

Brukenthal National Museum- Sibiu- Baroc and Illuminism

 

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A Romanian Tour – Imaginary travel

A Romanian Tour

Take a Romanian Tour – from Wallachia to Transylvania

 

When I say Romanian Tour, what do you imagine? “Vampires, the Country of Dracula!”, you will say! Well, I have to disappoint you.  There are no vampires here. If you ever had dreams of having your blood sucked by a vampire woman, here in Romania, you’d go back home in  tears because you travelled around the world and you didn’t even met a baby vampire. As we, Romanians, usually are welcoming hosts, we might find an actress to dress her up to have your fantasy half –fulfilled. If you want to get bitten, then bite yourself, – in reality, Romania has the most incredible and beautiful rural landscape!

 

Since I started my tour-operating business, I’ve travelled a lot and, in spite of Romania being my country, I keep getting surprised. Romania is a country of contrasts, a country of old traditions in a new world,  it is a country of permanent surprises and experiences. Prince Charles spoke only the best about Romanian country side. Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear asserted that Romania has one of the most beautiful roads in the world in the Transfagarasan Highway, and  I’m totally in love with it!

 

 

Now, without kidding, I have to tell you that Romania is a blessed country. In spite of its medium size, about 238.ooo square kilometers ( it is similar to UK’s size), Romania comprises all geographical forms except desert. This is a relief, isn’t it? The beautiful Carpathian Mountains cut the country into three big slices, across time; these slices were also politically divided: Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia. We still speak in terms of these large territorial divisions and I am going to say a few words about each of them.

 

Once the traveller arrives in Bucharest they are welcomed into the heart of Wallachia. This is the region south of the Carpathians, the land less known for leisure travellers  Bucharest is the capital and although it is the heart of  Romania;   it is not central, but  located in the southern side of Romania. In Wallachia Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler ) used to rule –  the character who inspired the fictional character of Dracula. Actually he was the leader of  Wallachia three times, but never in Transylvania, in spite of  the blood-inspired story of Bram Stoker, who described  Dracula as count of Transylvania.

 

Romanian Tour - The road to the magic Cave
The road to the magic Cave

Driving across Romania, you either love it, or hate it. As soon as you leave Bucharest and drive or ride north towards the mountains, the plain scenery comes alive. You also feel how your driving style changes gradually, if during your way up to Ploiesti, you have small sips of coffee or long yawns, as soon as you reach the so called “turbo zone”, breathe deeply and drive (drivers nick- named it ”turbo zone” as you can pull the throttle at max. Take care – some radars might be hidden behind the bushes and you get a fine as a souvenir!). Then one curve after another, you just feel the road and let the playful s-bends tease you, while you control them and enjoy your driving up to Breaza, then go further up to Sinaia on your Romanian Tour.

You can stop here; have a break, enjoy your meal, not in the centre of the ski resort, but in the restaurant of a  two star hotel, having tasty food at a reasonable price. I recommend you take your time, have a longer break and enjoy visiting the beautiful Peles Castle, once a royal summer house.

 

Romanian Tour - View of Sinaia and the Mountains
Sinaia

Mountain resorts are lined up one after another: Busteni, Azuga, Predeal up to Brasov. If you are not in a hurry, have another break in Busteni, have a short trip by cable car and visit the Romanian Sphinx, a natural wonder resembling the Egyptian one. Locals say that this megalith has magical power, other people consider it was made by aliens.  Magical or not, the scenery around is just magnificent!  Drive a bit longer on your Romanian Tour and you get  to Brasov. Brasov (Kronstadt) is the gate to Transylvania and  also the gateway to another world, even if  people are still of Romanian nationality.

 

Romanian Tour - View of the ROMANIAN SPHINX
ROMANIAN SPHINX

Even drivers and scenery become calmer. The turbulence of irritated drivers of the southern cities is left behind once you reach the high mountains. You can tell the local drivers by their snake like rhythm, looking happy when southern drivers overtake them.  Most likely they are continuously amazed and in profound admiration with the rural beauty they grew up in it!

 

Taking a tour through Carpathians  gives you such a big and enhancing feeling after you cross them, the mountains transform into green hills, the curves are less sudden. On the gentle hills around, now and there a hay stack or a cow herd spices the landscape. A man is riding a horse on the middle of the national road, another horse –drawn cart appears on your way!  Welcome to Transylvania, where you never get bitten by vampires, but you fall in love with a beautiful country.

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Parties for Bachelors and Bachelorette party

Parties for Bachelors and Bachelorette party

 

You feel like spending your last weekend of freedom in a new Destination? Why won’t you chose Romania. I believe for many of you Romania sounds exotic. Believe me, by choosing a pre-wedding party in Romania, especially outdoor or country side, you will have an amazing surprise. There is much to explore, besides Dracula myth, which can be you party theme, you surely enjoy a beautiful scenery, an authentic country life and surprising beautiful medieval old towns across the entire country.

Plenty of adventures to chose from, incredible scenery!

 

Ideas for His Party: Bachelor Party

Outdoor adventure:

4X4 Offroad

Motorcycle Enduro

Zipline

Bungee jumping

Farm life

Partis:

Limo Party

Clubbing

Dracula Party

Wine tasting party

Pool party

Ideas for Her Party: Bachelorette Party

Life –Style:

Shopping

Spas

Dinner in Castle

Horse riding

Outdoor picnic

Professional photo session

Professional Make over

 

 

Parties:

Limo party

Clubbing

Dracula Party

Wine tasting party

Pool party

Pajamas party

You can chose one or have it all or at least a combination of most of them. You tell us your budget, the activities preferred by the person that you arrange the party for and I come with the proposal for your last escape  as a  not –married person.

 

 

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Access Magazine about us

Access Magazine about us

 

Annie Makoff, British journalist in love with Romania and a good friend of ours now, wrote an article about her  and her companion  experience  in Romania with Corina Stefan, I explore – Unexplored Holiday ( presently IXPR) representative.

Access Magazine is a UK magazine writing for people with special needs.

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Is accessible tourism possible in Romania

Is accessible tourism possible in Romania?  

 

 

 In 2013 Liliana Nicholas, at that reporter at Radio Romania News, made an interview about how enjoyable can be a person moving wheelchair vacation in Romania.

Liliana Nicholas managed in a balanced way to gather opinions of several individuals and organizations about the limitations of accessible tourism in Romania.

I was glad that the report was released, although the information is not the most pleasant. Finally, we and our co-speakers in the report have drawn alarm over  “accessibility”gaps. In future, we will make every effort to talk about the need and potential of tourism for people with special needs in our country.