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Post by coffeeguy » Mon May 06, 2019 12:59 pm

Booked our trip to Romania for this summer. Any recommended do and don’ts? Plan to spend most of the 2 weeks in Transylvania and then head to the Black Sea coast for a few days at the end. Travelling with the gaggle of teens so need a wide variety of activities.

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Re: Romania

Post by Lost Soul » Tue May 07, 2019 3:58 am

The Carpathian Mountains. It's where they filmed Cold Mountain.

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Re: Romania

Post by Unwashed_Pom » Tue May 07, 2019 7:53 am

Are you flying in to Bucharest or Cluj?

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Post by coffeeguy » Tue May 07, 2019 4:58 pm

Thanks LS, great pictures. We've got a couple of days booked for day hikes in Carpathians.

U_P - flying into Bucharest. picking up a rental car. We make our way over to Cluj and then fly to coast for a few days - rented an airbnb in Mamaia

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Re: Romania

Post by Unwashed_Pom » Wed May 08, 2019 4:19 am

We flew into Cluj where we had three days (lovely old quarter) and drove a loop of sorts in a one way rental back to Bucharest. Fascinating country. Stunning architectural heritage running the gamut from Saxon through to Soviet brutalism.

Lots of rural villages in between the towns we stayed in - Sighisoara ( world heritage listed walled city and birthplace of Vlad the Impaler), Sibiu (has a medieval square on par with that of Krakow) and Brasov. We stayed three or four nights in each place and did sidetrips to outlying areas.

Transylvania's medieval fortified churches are a highlight of the region. We also spent a couple of hours at an old salt mine at a place called Turda. The kids could be interested in that. Fun fair meets salt mine. It's kitsch but worth a peek.

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Re: Romania

Post by Bill Barilko » Wed May 08, 2019 5:25 am

'ware the Rumanians-pack of miserable assholes if ever there was one-being from southern Ontario you know all about avoiding Rumanian gypsies who are even worse.
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Re: Romania

Post by coffeeguy » Wed May 08, 2019 12:36 pm

Thanks U_P - we will definitely check out the fortified Saxon churches and that salt mine looks right up my kids' alley.
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Wed May 08, 2019 5:25 am
'ware the Rumanians-pack of miserable assholes if ever there was one-being from southern Ontario you know all about avoiding Rumanian gypsies who are even worse.
I don't know Bill, I have a Romanian woman working for me - one of the nicest people I've ever met. Hate to tell you but the few I've met remind me of the Ukranians I know. Little reserved at fierst but warm up considerably once you get to know them.

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Thu May 09, 2019 3:45 am

I don't think, Barrel of Laughs Barilko likes anyone or anything.

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Re: Romania

Post by Unwashed_Pom » Thu May 09, 2019 4:09 am

Here's a link to when I was researching the subject. Helpful advice from most posters. Also some shitting fom the resident pessimist.

http://www.politicalstew.com/viewtopic. ... j#p3745422

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Post by Lost Soul » Thu May 09, 2019 4:10 am

Unwashed_Pom wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 3:45 am
I don't think, Barrel of Laughs Barilko likes anyone or anything.
He likes to kill fish. Give him that.
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Post by VinnyD » Thu May 09, 2019 2:21 pm

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Re: Romania

Post by Scrubb » Fri May 10, 2019 1:05 am

Expat_in_hell lived there for a few years - is there a way to tag him so he'll see this thread?
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Post by Klara » Tue May 14, 2019 2:07 pm

I loved Timisoara! Such a pretty town. Don't miss it.
Possibly the best bakeries in the world? Ok so I haven't been everywhere in the world, but still. YUM! The pretzel burek is to die for.

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Re: Romania

Post by ben_hanscombe » Wed May 15, 2019 12:13 am

I loved Timisoara too, but I can't remember why.
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Post by leela » Wed May 15, 2019 3:12 pm

ben_hanscombe wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:13 am
I loved Timisoara too, but I can't remember why.
Sometimes it worries me that I can barely remember which city was which when I look back at the various EE/Baltic city breaks*

*Apart from Ljubljana of course
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Re: Romania

Post by Mike Hunt » Wed May 15, 2019 3:37 pm

My coworker is Romanian, so if you have any specific questions, I'll ask her.
Please revert to us in case of any query related to the RFP

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Wed May 15, 2019 10:33 pm

Bucharest itself is somewhat underwhelming compared to rural Transylvania. What remains of the old town has been utilized as a dining/ pissup central precinct. Ceausescu leveled the rest for the obscenity that was his former palace. Worth a visit for the sheer scale and tackiness.

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Re: Romania

Post by Xerius » Sat May 18, 2019 4:49 am

Romania's one of my favorite countries in Europe, and I've spent quite a bit of time there, albeit not anytime in the past decade or so. Transylvania is usually the top draw. Most people beeline it for Sighișoara, Brașov and Bran, with a few flying into - and taking in a bit of - Timișoara or Cluj beforehand. Both are very nice cities with sizeable Austro-Hungarian-style historic centers. Bucharest usually gets a day or two on an itinerary at best and is written off by people bewildered by their initial impressions of it being an ugly hodge-podge of Communist-era concrete blocs, unfinished megalomaniacal architectural visions of Ceaușescu, and neglected historical backstreets (though I haven't been in the "old town" since it went through a major restoration). It's a city that kind of takes time to really get to know well, but it rewards exploration if you put the energy into it. If you're an architecture buff, there's some great interwar-era, early-modern stuff around, especially along Bulevardul Magheru.

I'd second the fortified churches of Transylvania (Biertan, Prejmer, Viscri, etc.). I haven't honestly been to any of them, but they're among the more unique offerings of the country. And when it comes to hitting a castle, you're better off doing Hunedoara and/or Râșnov rather than the kind of tacky tourist village that is Bran. But if you're up for a few days' detour, Maramureș and Southern Bucovina probably best represent the real rustic soul of the country, and they would give you a better insight into what makes Romania special. I haven't been in the former in over twenty years, so I can't really speak to the current situation, but I know it used to be someplace that a car rental came handy in. Bucovina is pretty easy to navigate by tour - organized or private, as there are lots of options - though some people actually hike between the Painted Monasteries. You can fit the "big five" into a full, if admittedly busy, day. IMO, Voroneț and Sucevița are the best of the set, if you aren't all that keen on packing them all in. Dragomirna Monastery isn't "painted" or even always incorporated into the standard tour, but its ornate, Gothic-meets-Orthodox exterior is a standout.

The Black Sea is alright, but I didn't find it anything all that special when I went. Constanța is just a big, post-Communist port city with an attractive, if fairly small historic core. Mamaia is the biggest of the beach resorts, and it was chock-a-block and not particularly notable when I visited it. I'm trying to remember the other "resort town" I went to. I think it was Neptun. Obviously not a big standout in my mind. But maybe I'm not the best person to judge since I'm admittedly not a big beach guy. I do know that Vama Veche used to be the kind of eclectic artist-cum-hippie spot, and Costinești was known for being full of teenagers and college students (so worth steering clear of). But I will say, good Romanian friends of mine avoid the domestic riviera altogether and instead opt for Bulgaria. Maybe worth keeping in mind?

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Re: Romania

Post by emmeff » Wed May 22, 2019 1:27 pm

Another vote for Timișoara, and also for the other great former Austro-Hungarian cities such as Cluj-Napoca and Arad.

I also agree that Bucharest does not reward the casual tourist, but has things to offer if you are prepared to find them.

Constanța was interesting, but it is principally a resort city. For me, its primary appeal as the place for the exile of the Roman poet Ovid, and hence the statue to his memory in the centre and the number of Romanian men with the name Ovidiu.

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