Romania road trip across the country


It was the summer of 2017 and the weather was perfect for a Romania road trip. We decided to take advantage of our last vacation days and the available accommodation vouchers, so we jumped in the car and went roaming across Romania for a week. Our tour started at the “Danube Boilers”, stopping along the way at Orsova, Dubova, Timisoara, Deva, Hunedoara, Alba Iulia, Sovata, Praid, Sighisoara, Brasov and via Transfagarasan back to Constanta. As usual, the trip was planned on short notice and the accommodation was chosen from what was available through a travel agency.

Day 1: We hit the roads of our motherland, where, as I have mentioned in the previous article Road trip to Budapest, the experience can be excruciating and you will spend a lot of hours stuck in traffic on narrow 2 lanes national roads. From Constanta to Orsova we chose the route via Bucharest – Pitesti – Rm. Valcea with a stopover at Targul Jiu to see the sculptures of Constantin Brancusi. As soon as you exit A1 motorway in Pitesti, the ordeal starts and doesn’t stop until Timisoara when we return on the A1. Lately on the good roads of Romania we found loose gravel that is not compressed by the special machines, but rather by cars in open traffic, the kind of gravel that shreds your hood and your windshield in a million pieces  – WHAT THE FUCK?! The incident appeared on national news , hundreds of drivers got their cars damaged in the process and nobody was held accountable.

We chose to stop at Targul Jiu specially to see the sculptures of the well known sculptor Constantin Brancusi. The first unpleasant surprise we had was when we were driving to Brancusi Park but along the way we elegantly  drove past the Infinity Column. The column is in separate park on the opposite side of the city from the other representative sculptures , the Kiss Gate and the Table of Silence of the famous sculptor. Once in the park, after seeing the Kiss Gate and the Table of Silence, I left within half an hour because there is simply nothing else to do there. I can say that it is not worth the go out of your way just for this and the sculptures themselves are rather… unattractive. Brancusi’s works are not highlighted, and the only information that they actually belong to Constantin Brancusi are found on a small portable billboard in the park, you know the type of billboard you normally see in front on the terraces showing the daily menu. The Romanian authorities should take a visit to Brancusi’s workshop museum in Paris to get an idea on ​​how to display such a national value.

We go further on to Orsova and to the Danube Boilers. Orsova is one of the most beautiful cities we have seen on our side of the Danube, the river promenade that stretches all along the city is an absolute pleasure to walk, but the real star in the area, besides the superb scenery, is the recently renovated road that cuts the gorge of the Continue reading “Romania road trip across the country”

40 de zile in Cluj Napoca – review

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Satul de tristetea si senzatia de oras mort pe care o ofera Constanta in afara sezonului de vara am decis sa imi iau talpasita si sa incerc Clujul – capitala Transilvaniei. Mai fusesem in vizita pe acolo pentru perioade de weekend si mi-a placut mult ce am vazut , si daca tot s-a ivit o ocazie pe acolo m-am suit in masina , umplut rezervorul si taiat-o la drum. Din pacate experienta locuitului in Cluj Napoca a fost cam scurta ,  as mai fi stat pe acolo inca vreo 2 luni dar ma cheama jobul.Am avut totusi conditii bune ,am stat intr-un apartament de 2 camere decent  in Manastur cu coleg , un amic Continue reading “40 de zile in Cluj Napoca – review”

Corvin Castle of Hunedoara Review

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Castelul Corvinilor sau al Huniazilor , localizat in Hunedoara ,  este unul din cele mai mari si impresionante castele din Romania , si cel mai bine conservat din categoria monumentelor construite in stil Gotic.  El a fost construit in secolul 15 de Iancu de Hunedoara , dar in timp a fost extins , modificat , reconstruit si pana nu de mult lasat in paragina , fiind intr-o renovare ce continua si astazi. Din cauza acestei renovari , o mare bucata din castel din pacate nu poate fi vizitata , si desi castelul in sine este foarte frumos , interioarele sunt destul de goale , mobilierul cazand prada distrugerii sau ajungand in mainile altor muzee dupa cum a povestit unul din angajati. Foarte admirabile Sala Cavalerilor si Sala mesei , 2 sali  mari de receptii  cu coloane ce sustin un acoperis segmentat cu Continue reading “Corvin Castle of Hunedoara Review”