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50 shades of Romania

As tourists, we choose to visit certain destinations due to one, two or more things that respective place can offer to us. Usually, we are charmed by combinations of reasons, such as a country’s natural attractions and sport/adventure infrastructure, characteristic urban architecture, vivid nightlife and possibility for shopping, or picturesque rural areas, great cuisine and amazing cultural landscape, just to give some examples. From this point of view, Romania is an unusual tourist attraction, as it surprises tourists with such a wide palette of options for things to do, see and experience that any vacation here will seem too short. If you’re curious what some of the things you can do here are, I’ve prepared a list. Long. Unusually long.

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Happy National Day, Romania and Romanians!

As you could probably understand from the title of this article, December 1st is the National Day of Romania, the country where I was born and where I live. Though this holiday was set after the 1989 Revolution, it actually talks about a major event that affected the course of my country’s history 95 ago. On December 1st, we celebrate the unification in 1918 of the regions of Transylvania, Banat, Crișana and Maramureș with Romania. The Great Union was enacted by the coronation, 4 years later, of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie in the city of Alba Iulia, the same city where the National Assembly had declared the Union in 1918.

Below is a map of how the Kingdom of Romania – also known as Greater Romania – looked like in 1918, after the Union. Today it lacks Bessarabia and the southern part of Dobruja.

Map of Greater Romania in 1918

Map of Greater Romania in 1918

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Covasna – The Town of 1,000 Mineral Springs

Situated in the heart of the Carpathians, only one hour by car from Brașov, Covasna is an atypical Romanian town and a popular health spa resort. I say it’s atypical because it is inhabited mostly by Szekely Hungarians, which gives the town a somewhat exotic atmosphere even for the Romanian tourists, such as myself. But even if you are Romanian, Szekely or something else, you will definitely enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of the surrounding mountains while taking advantage of the properties of its mineral waters.

Covasna is very popular for its mineral springs, which even give it its name. Cvaz, from which Covasna is derived, is a Slavic word meaning sour, and you will understand the connection once you get to taste the waters rich in carbon dioxide, sulfur and ammonia.  Apart from the waters, Covasna is famous for its mofettes, volcanic discharges consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide, used for therapeutic purposes. If you suffer from cardiovascular affections, arterial hypertension, erectile dysfunction or other affections of your skin, digestive apparatus or kidneys, in Covasna you will find many hospitals and treatment centres offering medical services. Continue reading

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Alba Carolina Citadel – a place where time stopped

Have you ever been to a restored historical place and got the feeling that you are actually entering a time-warp that takes you back to when the place (be it a citadel, a church, a castle or whatever historical building) was built? That’s what happened to me when I set foot in the excellent-looking recently rehabilitated Alba Carolina Citadel in Alba Iulia, Romania.

Short history of the city

5th millennium BC – prehistoric settlement.

106 BC – Roman castra (Colonia Aurelia Apulensis and Colonia Nova Apulensis) on the spot of an older Dacian settlement (Apoulon).

1542-1690 – capital of Transylvania.

1599 – the first political union of Transylvania, Moldavia and Wallachia under Michael the Brave took place here.

1918 – proclamation of the union of Transylvania with Romania.

1922- coronation of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie. Continue reading

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Why #MyBBB

For those of you who have not heard about it yet, #MyBBB – My Biggest Baddest Bucket List, organized by My Destination, is one of the biggest travel competitions in the world, where participants run for the unique chance to win a 6 months trip around the world and a $50,000 prize. And with such a prize, it would have been quite difficult for me to stay away. So I didn’t.

I entered the competition for two main reasons. The first one is self-explanatory – any person who loves travelling should have signed up, taking into consideration the fabulous prize. The second one is more personal, more subjective, and it has to do with my patriotic love for my beautiful country. I wanted to promote Romania as a tourist destination, this being the reason I chose Bucharest as host city for shooting the video and Făgăraș Mountains as setting for the story that made up my entry in the competition. Continue reading

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