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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca August 7th 2013

We woke to a bright sunny morning after a most restful night. As all campsites are now an average of five hours drive apart so we plan to stop for two nights when this occurs, it also gives us a chance to look round a little more. Woolly says – it was a nice slow get up today and once washing was pegged out we set off to find the Botanical Gardens at Cluj Napoca. There were plenty of options for us but with it being so warm being stuck inside seemed silly so a nice stroll was just the ticket. I’m very glad that Ian was driving Ollie and I think Jo was as well, the roads are like race tracks with vehicles passing both on the outside and the inside and flying out of ... read more
Awesome Plant
A Bit Prickly
Counting Lillies

Europe » Romania » Banat » Timis » Timisoara August 6th 2013

Apologies in advance for this lengthy entry...maybe it's a train trip's reading... Just as I got reacquainted with Macedonia I came up with the bright idea to leave. Not because it wasn’t great being back but it was more about time management. Oh yes, ever the diary manager and organiser. There was some rationalisation involved. My ‘plans’ were to go to Albania again but, as Ramadan had commenced and would continue until early August I thought I might have a better time there once it was all was over. You know, just in case I stay with a family and have to wait until sundown to eat… Anyone who has been with me while I experience a sugar low will know what I mean by that! I need to eat when I need to eat -there ... read more
Sleep this way
Bucharest, Romania
Bus stop outside Bistrita monastery

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca August 6th 2013

We waved goodbye to Bug City, not a bad campsite and although there were so many people pitched it didn’t feel overly crowded. The bugs were a pain and we wouldn’t miss them. Two nights worked out 10,200 HUF – sounds a fortune! (Approximately £28.00 GBP). Woolly says – I enjoyed the lake but it was very crowded and the bugs even followed me to the toilet! We set of in search of the two castles we had found on our map, they seemed to be hiding or had been moved before our arrival and were nowhere to be found. Deciding to look for other points of interest and stop on the way we set course. The scenery remained very English in layout and look but much drier, we were driving in an average temperature of ... read more
Check the roof
and another
and more

Europe » Romania » Dobrogea » Marea Neagra » Vama Veche August 1st 2013

Vama Veche. Festival folk. Am stat 4nopti, la pensiunea Alex, pret 100ron pe noapte. Pensiune noua, noi proprietari/renovata dar fara frigider, in schimb era racoare in camera si nu aveam aer conditionat. TV nu avea telecomanda, unii turisti mai pleaca cu ea in graba. Camera avea o terasa iar pensiunea avea si o gradina cu gratar pt cei obisnuiti sa stea mai mult in vila. Per total totusi posibilitatile de a sta afara cu prietenii pareau limitate, terasa camerei era mica, curtea cu masini si o singura masa fara scaune si fara gratar construit. Practic era o camera cu un pat si o baie, multe alte posibilitati nu aveai in pensiune si nu merita sa pierzi timpul prin ea. Noi cum suntem plimbareti am decis ca aproape fiecare zi sa ne plimbam si destinatia cea mai ... read more

Europe » Romania » Dobrogea » Tulcea » Sulina July 12th 2013

Am stat cateva zile, pret 100 lei pe zi, la casa David. Camera de dimensiune medie, cu aer conditionat, TV, tot ce e necesar. Faptul ca tavanul la baie era cam jos si salteaua cam tare au fost singurule minusuri. Proprietarii erau saritori si dispusi sa ofere informatii/masa/bere. Avea un living generos si o terasa. Am facut o plimbare cu barca (200 lei barca), peisajul era interesant dar canalele largi si ora tarzie (a fost intre 9 si 16) nu ne-au permis sa vedem pasari deosebite. Am vazut totusi cormorani, broaste testoase, cativa pelicani, egrete, starci cenusii, lebede, rate salbatice. Am vizitat si padurea Letea, dezamagitoare deoarece caruta ne-a dus doar un pic in padure, pana la un stejar batran, dar cam atat. Nu am vazut liene sau cai salbatici (am inteles ca se vad caii ... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Arges » PITESTI July 11th 2013

Examene Cambridge in Pitesti in parteneriat cu British Council!! In luna iunie 2013, dupa un an scolar in care cursantii centrului nostru s-au pregatit nu numai sa invete limba engleza cat mai bine, ci si sa sustina un examen Cambridge potrivit nivelului lor, ziua cea mare a sosit! Elevii s-au pregatit folosind manuale Cambridge University Press si lucrand foarte multe teste cu tipsuri si strategii, scriind multe compozitii tip eseu, scrisoare, raport, etc, fiecare cu specificul ei si exersand mult pentru proba orala. Emotiile au fost foarte mari si aici sunt cateva poze ale zilei de 15 iunie 2013 in care s-au sustinut probele de scris pentru nivelele Cambridge: YLE Starters, YLE Flyers, KET si FCE. Cu 3 zile inainte, pe data de 12 iunie 2013, dupa un curs foarte intensiv, s-a sustinut examenul Cambridge nivel ... read more
CAE @ Ramada Hotel

Europe » Romania » Maramures » Maramures » Poienile Izei June 30th 2013

Maramures. Zona respectiva trezeste fiori pe sira spinarii celor care nu au ajuns acolo inca. Dar nu trebuie sa disperati. Va facem noi o impresie a zonei respective. Si cine ajunge acolo trebuie neaparat sa faca o plimbare cu mocanita! Acolo descoperi zona Vaii Vaserului si tot ce tine de Viseu. Si daca tot eram in zona trebuie neaparat sa ajungem si in Tara Lapusului cu a sa Manastire Rohia. Si nu uitati si de Manastirea cea mai inalta din lemn de la Surdesti. Si Sublimul excursiei se poate incheia cu Complexul de la Barsana-un loc spiritual unde te regasesti pe deplin. Iar daca mai aveti chef sa mai vizitati cate o bisericuta din lemn specifica zonei amintim, Leud, Botiza, Poienile Izei, Vadu Izei, Bogdan Voda, Rozavlea, Petrova (comunitatea ucrainiana), Poienile de sub Munte, Va mai ... read more
Manastirea de la Surdesti

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu June 30th 2013

There are plenty of summer holiday destinations to choose from and tourists are spoiled for choice. However, for history and culture-lovers and those of you who love to go sightseeing, Transylvania is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the top summer destinations! My boyfriend and I decided on the spur of the moment to go on a city break and picked some of the most renowned places in Transylvania and went ahead and booked a night at Ibis Hotel in Sibiu and a second one at a small, lovely pension - Citadela Pension in Sighisoara. To our delight, the pictures of the pension posted on the website heralded not only an impressive interior design of the pension, but also the atmosphere and the feel of the 1820s. Indeed the owner went to great lengths ... read more
Transylvania- Breathtaking Summer Destination

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov June 23rd 2013

There were more “lucky” eggs in the morning, before our date with the big city. Brasov is the metropolis of Transylvania, but looked smaller than the 225,000 quoted population. It has had a mixed past. Kronstadt as it was known in German, it became Orasul Stalin for a spell in the 1950’s before the local Communist crew decided they could do without the Russians. The Huntsman ignored a very attractive gold dome church in the distance as we reached the outskirts of Brasov, before making his 1st stop at a more Saxon religious venue. The original German church had no striking architectural features of note, but the graves in the yard had plenty of Fritzs and Hermans interned in them. There were some with pictures of the “inhabitants”, one of which bore a striking resemble to ... read more
Top Dog

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov June 22nd 2013

After the late night Sneezy birthday party, it was another fairly early start. We were fortified with eggs for breakfast. They weren’t just any old eggs, though. Huntsman branded them Lucky Eggs. Will they ever catch on at Morrisons? The local transport theme would continue today. Yesterday, local bus – today horse and cart. Well, 2 horses and cart to be precise. The cart had the engineering hallmarks of building a boagy when we were kids, except that it didn’t use the base of a pram. The suspension was at best suspect or perhaps non- existent. The idea of sitting at the back seemed to make sense from a photography point of view, but being right on the back axle made it hard going to say the least. The horses looked in fairly good condition. We ... read more

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