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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 24th 2019

Anul acesta am alees sa mergem in vacanta in Poiana Brasov. Cu toate ca cea mai buna perioada este iarna, am vrut sa vedem cum este si vara, si sa ne bucuram de verdeata pe care o ofera Poiana Brasov, si nu de dealurile inzapzite pentru ski. Planificarea a inceput intr-o miercuri, care promitea ca vineri sa fim deja pe drum, asa ca am inceput sa alcatuim cate un rucsac mare de haine si accesorii, si am sunat la o firma de inchirieri auto din Bucuresti care sa ne asigure transportul pana la Poiana si inapoi. Vineri dimineata am impachetat niste sandwisuri pentru drum, am incarcat masina cu de toate si am pornit. De obicei vinerea este aglomerat, dar cand am iesit pe A3 am constatat ca lumea nu prea se inghesuia la munte, pentru ca ... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 10th 2019

Cu greu m-am mai organizat, dar intr-o Duminica, am decis ca Luni, sa fac o vizita la gradina botanica. De la mine din Titan pana la gradina botanica, nu este mult, cu masina, insa eu am schimbat un pic regulile de data asta. Cum sunt la regim strict, am decis ca este momentul sa schimb masina cu ceva device de facut efort si de ars grasime, asa ca m-am gandit la o bicicleta. Nu a trebuit sa caut prea mult si am gasit url= bicicleta de la vmag, mi-a inspirat mie incredere. Acum ca aveam cu ce sa ma deplasez, am decis sa imi iau inima in dinti si sa plec la drum. In ciuda faptului ca sunt novice la partea cu pedalatul, fiind probabil ca a 5-a oara cand merg cu bicicleta in viata mea, ... read more
flori in interior

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 6th 2019

Is there such a thing? With a little effort, even you can be invited back for another visit. From the great great granddaughter, Lizzie Post of Emily Post: Having a free place to stay is the ultimate money-saving dream scenario for travelers, whether it’s a pied-à-terre in Paris, a house in the Hamptons, or a tiny flat in Tokyo. How do you handle yourself in the wonderful scenarios when no money changes hands? Here is a good rule: leave the house in as good or better condition than you found it. Also, do not snoop around, and don't go in rooms that you do not need. Closing off rooms and leaving them untouched is a great idea. Make sure you ask about interne... read more
Don't be him or her!

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest » Dudesti June 5th 2019

We took a side trip to Brasov, a former German stronghold, with architecture and people to match. We took the train up there, 2.5 hours each way, and got to enjoy the countryside and mountains. Brasov is a winter ski resort, and Bran Castle is the big year round attraction. Our guide, Tudor is a ski instructor in Austria during the winter, and a custom tour guide in the remainder of the year. He was quite insightful about the German occupation, and the distinction most Romanians strongly embrace: they are derived from the Roman Empire, and not the Slavics! Bran Castle was a nice visit, and we took the ski tram to the top for a great city view. As I mentioned, the famous Romanian tennis player, Ion Tiriac is the richest man in Romania, with ... read more
In the private wine cellar
Shakespeare in Romanian??
In front of Parliament

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov May 28th 2019

On my long, three week sojourn through mostly eastern Europe, I took a side trip from Bucharest to the German influenced town of Brasov, in Transylvania. My host, Dirty Pat and I boarded a 7am train in Bucharest for the two and a half hour ride up to Brasov. He and his family skied there this past Christmas holiday, so he thought I would enjoy the German influence in this part of Romania. We were met by the Stein Erickson of Romania, our guide, Tudor, who is a ski instructor in Austria in the winter, Brasov tour guide in the summer. So, off we went, through the city (almost 400,000 people), and over to the famous Bran Castle. Not really knowing what to expect, they led me through various neighborhoods until we reached a cute village ... read more
Famous Bran Castle
Owned by tycoon Ion Tiriac
Overlooking the Brasov valley

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest May 19th 2019

This rather small, obscure country has produced four Nobel prize winners: Romania is home to four Nobel Prize laureates: George Emil Palade (medicine), Elie Wiesel (peace), Herta Müller (literature) and Stefan Hell (chemistry). Of course, Elie Wiesel is the only one most of us are familiar with. Mr. Wiesel made it his life's work to bear witness to the genocide committed by the Nazis during World War 2. He was the world's leading spokesman on the Holocaust. He was a barely alive 17 year old when the Americans opened the camp, having lost his parents and a younger sister in the camps. But he did not fight only to remember the Holocaust, he fought indifference, and saw it as a struggle for peace. His words, "The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference." He ... read more
Keep the culture alive!

Europe » Romania » Transilvania May 18th 2019

From the Romania website: "We Draculs have a right to be proud… I am the last of my kind" – Dracula, from Bram Stoker's Dracula img= say that Transylvania sits on one of Earth's strongest magnetic fields and its people have extra-sensory perception. Vampires are believed to hang around crossroads on St. George's Day, April 23, and the eve of St. Andrew, November 29. The area is also home to Bram Stoker's Dracula, and it's easy to get caught up in the tale while driving along winding roads through dense, dark, ancient forests and over mountain passes. Would you believe that Dracula translated in Gaelic as Drac Ullah means bad blood? Bram Stoker's Dracula novel was publishe... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest May 17th 2019

If you saw the Seinfeld episode about the "gifts" of the Romanian gymnast, you know what I am saying. But for most of you, all we know about Romania are the famous gymnasts like Nadia, and the Karolyi coaching team. But a good friend of mine, known as "Dirty Pat" is teaching in Bucharest, Romania this year on a Fulbright Scholarship. He has graciously asked me to join him (and his lovely wife) for a few days, on my way to Istanbul. Romania is located in southeastern Europe, with a population of only 20 million people. Bucharest, at almost 2 million people, is the largest city. Romania is a semi-presidential democracy, with a bicameral parliament. The President is currently Klaus Iohannis. Romania is in the European Union, as well as NATO. "Romanian legend has it that ... read more
Tricky Dick and Chow

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Mures » Sighisoara May 6th 2019

Wetter gemischt. Stadtrundgang. Im Tourismus Büro holte ich mir Karten und Infomaterial. Nachdem ich mich mit der Dame schon ungefähr 10 Minuten auf Englisch unterhalten hatte, fragte sie mich plötzlich, ob ich das Zeug auf Englisch oder Deutsch haben wolle. Ich versicherte ihr, dass mir das egal sei. Sie schaute mich erstaunt an und sagte: "Ah, you speak English. " ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania May 5th 2019

Die Prachtstrasse vor dem Präsidentenpalast ist wirklich beeindruckend. In der Mitte Springbrunnen, die eine hübsche Choreographie haben. Ausfahrt aus B, Autobahn nach Ploiesti. Dort riesige Einkaufszentren. Straße 1 a durch Dörfer, in die Berge, 1200 m hoher Pass, nach Brasov =Kronstadt. Dort schaute es dermaßen nach Regenguss aus, genau in der Richtung, in die ich musste, dass ich panikte. Ich floh in eine Tanke und blieb einfach sitzen. Und ich hatte Glück. Die letzten 100 km war die Straße nass, aber es hat erst in Schassburg =Sighisoara angefangen zu regnen. Das hier ist Transsylvanien und jedes Gästezimmer hat seinen privaten Vampir. Meiner heißt Vladimir Zahnerl, er ist aber schon unterwegs, denn ohne eine Bloody Mary gleich nach dem Aufstehen, geht bei ihm gar nichts, sagt er.... read more

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