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Random Romania Experiences

Authentic Romanian Sharing Traiditions

 

Ahhhh, Romania. I’m so glad I was able to visit Romania.  While most people associate Romania with Dracula (see recent blog), this Eastern Europe country has a lot to offer the tourist who is ready to get off the Tuscany/London/Paris tourist trek.

I have posted several blogs about RomaniaDracula, Bucharest, Looking up and Romania: Why Go?   Here’s one last go at describing my experience. The following are a few random observations about this interesting part of the world.

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We saw signs of the decline during the communist control.  Faded and shabby buildings, once gorgeous. But we also saw renovation and improvement.   Some of the palaces have been restored and are open for touring. While the Golden Age of Romania is over and the country has struggled, it feels like it is on the way up.  Don’t hesitate to go there.

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With all the publicity and hoop-de-doo about Dracula, I was surprised with the frequent use of pretty happy colors.   Nothing gloomy about these villages.

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Charming Saxon Villages in Romania

 I loved the sense of humor.  Here’s an example. Someone opened a Mustache Cafe in one of the towns where the eyebrow windows had tourists snapping photos like crazy. (see Looking up Post).  Do you think they are poking fun at the fascination with elements of a face? I do.  Loved it!

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 And look at this?  One lonely LOVE LOCK on a bridge in a historic Saxon village in Transylvania.  I got a kick out of this.  In Paris, people have put so many locks on a bridge spanning the Seine that the bridge has cracked. Here……..only one.  I wonder if it was placed by a Romanian or a visitor wildly off the tourist track.

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 Gosh, I loved the wagons.  We saw them everywhere since they are a major form of transportation.  I especially smiled when I learned that many of them are “licensed.”  I suspect they do that to guard against theft.

 

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 The entrepreneurial spirit, squashed for so many years by Communism and dictators, thrives.  We visited a historic grain mill, restored and put back to use.  The small restaurants hidden behind modest cottage doors were a marvel.  We enjoyed several incredible meals in lovely settings and even had a private cooking class.  These meals had to be arranged a head of time.  No walk ins.

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Meeting  gypsies was quite interesting. They are vibrant people who have settled in Romania, often in villages vacated by the Saxons.    While some have the reputation of  not being the most law abiding, we met an industrious blacksmith  and a lovely Mom who devotedly takes care of her family.  She served us tea and shared with us stories of gypsy family life.

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 Expressing the upbeat feeling of Romania, the happy colors of Romania made me feel good.

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

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2 Comments
  1. posted by
    Margaret
    Dec 3, 2014 Reply

    Susan, you always do a marvelous job of matching your photography with your descriptions. The glories of Romania past, and later the repressed years, followed by the current entrepreneurial spirit is nicely organized in this piece. Thanks for sharing your travel experiences through your blog.

  2. posted by
    Kathy
    Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    I loved your pic’s of the wagons and the colorful crazy eyebrow houses!!

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