Rosia Montana

I’ve been there few years back, but I still feel like it was yesterday. The famous and infamous Rosia Montana, is the most wanted site in Romania, our gold mine and ecological catasrophe. There were so many disputes on this land and you would see it as a war zone, but when you get there, it’s so peaceful and quiet and the scenery is so great.

I liked it a lot! The village is very small and most of it is in ruine, but you can go to the big lake at the end of the village and visit the Roman gold galleries. 2000 years ago Romans were exploiting our gold and the mines are still standing nowadays. There is a huge history behind this activity and people’s only work for centuries. Now the mines are closed but the guide explained: most of the easy gold was taken and now even if we do have a considerable amount in the mountain, it is disipated and in order to extract it, it would destroy the mountain. So is it worth it?

If you go to Apuseni mountains you will find the obvious answer…

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Bucharest Dreamy Surroundings

parc1I have been living in Bucharest for about 10 years now, but just this spring I have heard of and visited the Stirbey Palace in Buftea.

It was build by Barbu Stirbey, ruler of Muntenia region between 1853 and 1863 but became famous under his grandson, Prince Barbu Alexandru Stirbey.

Schooled in Paris, the Prince was one of the most important figures of Romanian high society in the early 1900.  He was the administrator of the Crown domains and member of Boarding Council for most important companies of the country: factories, plants, insurance companies and so on. But his personal fortune made from huge inherited domains, forests, factories, vineyards, cotton & rice plantations, a  dairy factory, a mill, cotton bandage factory made him the richest man of Romania at his time.

Even Queen Maria of Romania stayed here during the first world war and other personalities used to visit. Famous writers like Mihail Sadoveanu, Vasile Alecsandri, Ioan Slavici, musicians like George Enescu, other politicians and not only : Lascar Catargiu, Petre Carp, Teodor Rosetti, Mihai Sutu, Titu Maiorescu, gen Ion Argetoianu, Carol Davilla, Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, Hrusciov, Jean Marais, Belmondo  stayed at the palace.

Now, the domain is under private adminsitration, an investment fund or something has it and  they organize mostly weddings and private events.

In regular days, when we went, we just ate at the restaurant’s outside terrace. The ambiance is great, quiet, noble, but I am sorry and feel like the palace is kind of in degradation.

The surrounding park next to the lake is gorgeous with his secular trees but still more can be done. I will surely visit again at least to drink a lemonade at the palace. By the way, it was really good:)))

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And the crown jewel, the most exceptional building here is the little church

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Escape to Sibiu

I’ve been wanting to write this article since FOREVER and of course I remained under the impression that I had already written it…but surprise..I haven’t!!!!!!!!

But it’s not too late to share with you the most beautiful city that I have visited in Romania so far. Really, and I mean it. It has an unique flavor of old funky, colorful place, perfect for spending couple of days of your holiday trip to Transylvania in.

I remember that few years ago when I first saw it I was astonished and couldn’t believe it was in Romania!

As I agree with the saying that a picture speaks better than a 1000 words, I’ll just let you stroll in Sibiu with me…

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Romania’s countryside

I keep telling myself to post more often on this blog but the time is so short….

Finally, as the sun is shining again and spring is here, I feel like sharing with the world all the beautiful places from Romania.

Today I ran into some old photos from my parents house, my husbands grandparents, roadside from Tulcea area, Rm Valcea area, Apuseni, Prahova, etc. It doesn’t really matter the place, it’s just the feeling you will experience once you get yourself  a car and start driving throughout my country.

It’s just…picturesque! and smells like holiday too:)

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Picnic @ Mogosoaia

As this is a National Holiday aka day off for everyone, what could the people do? I can tell you what me and another few thousands people from Bucharest did: went to Mogosoaia, a nice palace located just near the capital.

It was picnic day organized by the city hall, 32 degrees Celsius outside, so it was crazy! I really liked thefolkloric dances and singing performed by local artists on the stage in the courtyard of the palace.

By the way, the construction is beautiful in a special Romanian architectural style called “brancovenesc” (or Romanian renaissance)  after Cruler of Romanian Country, Constantin Brancoveanu who had build it in 1702. The palace had been destroyed or damaged several times, occupied by revolutionaries in 1821 or nationalised by the comunists in the ’50s, but now has been restored and it represents a touristic attraction for Bucharest. Now the authorities are working on the lawns and the huge park around.

The statues above with no heads are representing the Brancoveanu family which has been decapitated by the sultan of the Otoman Empire for treason. The Romanian Principates used to be under Otoman occupation between the XV and XIX th centuries.

Below, some pictures of the people doing barbecues, playing sports, or just enjoying a great day out. You can also see the big line on the grilled steaks and “mici”

Where to spend Easter in Romania

Easter is the most important religious holiday in Romania and I think in the Orthodox Church in general and it’s related to a lot of traditions.

If you want to experience  true Romanian Easter, at least the Resurrection ceremony, you have to do it in a Moldavian monastery. We have so many and they are all so beautiful that you will definetely be impressed, no matter which one you’ll choose.

And don’t worry, they are a lot, no exageration, I only went once in a trip and visited over 20 monasteries, only the most important ones here: Manastirea Varatec – Manastirea Agapia  – Manastirea Neamt – Manastirea Secu – Manastirea Sihastria – Manastirea Voronet – Manastirea Humor- Manastirea Arbore – Manastirea Putna – Manastirea Sucevita – Manastirea Moldovita.

    

Anyway, there are many websites with photos and tourist info regarding the monasteries, but what I want to show you hopefully in my next post will be a traditional Easter family celebration with real people, real food and places.

1st pic from here, usefull webiste: http://www.romanianmonasteries.org/bucovina/all-bucovina-monasteries