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A summer day in Bucharest – 3 secrets

Dear readers,

Summer in Bucharest can be very hot mostly in July and August but it is also full of events. I will present to you 3 secrets of the capital of Romania as I lived there for 7 years.

If you want to stay away from the heat, you can do just that under the many umbrellas from the Victory Passage. You will find some nice places if you want a coffee, a beer or something to eat.

You can continue your walk on the Victory Boulevard, admiring the architecture until you reach the Eden Garden. Eden is a breath of fresh air waiting for you in the backyard of Stirbei Palace. It is full of young people of Bucharest and it is the perfect place if you are looking for new friends. It is not unusual to find people playing, reading or even working on projects here.

If you are planning on visiting Bucharest during the summer months and you have an interest in flying objects you should consider the time scheduled for the Bucharest International Air Show.. BIAS Romania is a summer event and this year it is on 22 July 2017, so save the date. The event in located at the Baneasa Aerodrome and the access is free of charge.

Hope you enjoy the photos. If you have any questions about Bucharest or Romania, I am more than happy to help you. 🙂

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Victory Passage
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Art at the Revolution Square
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Me and my cousin Andreea strolling around Victory Boulevard
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Eden Garden

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Bucharest International Air Show

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One reason to visit Romania – the city of Sibiu

Hey there  people looking for adventure!

I think many of you don’t know a lot about Romania and I will try to present you some reasons to come and visit and see for yourself that it has a lot to offer. First of all, I want you to keep an open heart, Romanians are friendly and welcoming people. So if you plan a trip in Europe, you should put Romania on your list.

A very particular aspect of Romania is that you will find mountains, hills and fields, so you can climb the Carpathian Mountains one day, and the next day you can take a bath in the Black Sea or visit the Danube Delta. There are a lot of possibilities for adventure: the full of buzz Bucharest, castles (Peles, Bran,  Cantacuzino and many more), the monasteries, the cities full of history (Brasov, Sibiu, Iasi, Sighisoara, Cluj Napoca, Timisoara etc.) and the list goes on and on. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

As a matter of fact, although I am born here I find myself discovering new things about my country with every trip I take. That was also the case when we traveled to Sibiu. On the 1st of May – International Labour Day- some years ago, we decided to go against the popular destination of this holiday which is the seaside, so we picked Sibiu for a weekend trip.

The city of Sibiu (Hermannstadt) is located in the Transylvania region of Romania, 4 hours and a half from Bucharest by car, 6 hours and a half by train or you can arrive by plane.

First thing that I did planning this trip was to book a place in the center so we could walk freely everywhere and I found a chic studio near the Sibiu Philharmonie. That is my top priority when we travel everywhere and we are spending just a couple of days.

We arrived in Sibiu in the evening, because we left Bucharest after I had an exam at the university in the afternoon. The first impression was that Sibiu was charming, we went in a nearby bar, we drank a glass of wine and we walked a little bit in the main Big Square.

The next day, we climbed the Tower of the Council (Turnul Sfatului), where you can get an amazing view of the city. I made a lot of pictures from the top and you can see them below. A good thing is that the places to visit are very close to each other: The Big Square, The Small Square, The Lair’s Bridge, Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral and Tower, Brukenthal Museum and Astra National Museum Complex.We were not that lucky with visiting the museums because they were closed because of the 1st of May., but we will visit them next time.

Another thing that you should to in Romania is to try local food and drinks. You will find in Sibiu a lot of places where you can do that. Just try sarmale with polenta, mici, beans soup in a bread bowl and for desert some romanian cheese doughnuts called papanasi served with cream and jam. Forget about your diet, you are having fun here! You should try also tuica or palinca, local wines and beers.

Just wandering the streets is a nice activity and maybe you will discover something new and unique.Hope that I made you curious and if that is true, let me know with a comment!

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The Tower of the Council
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Drinks in the first evening
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Nicolae Balcescu Street
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Cafe in the Big Square

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Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral

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Big square view from the top of the Tower of the Council
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Small square view from the to of the Tower of the Council

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3 Christmas Trees, 2 days in Bucharest, 1 magic winter holiday!

Happy holidays everyone! Enjoy the time you spend together with your loved ones!

This Christmas I decorated 3 Christmas trees: the first one in Constanta where I live, one in Mangalia at my parents house and the last one in Bucharest at my brother’s place.

We spent 2 days in Bucharest and I was really excited to visit the new Christmas Market, now located in the Constitution Square. Getting there in the afternoon of the first day of Christmas was a good idea because it was not very crowded. Bucharest Christmas Market has an ice skating rink, a carousel, several food, drink  and sweets carts and plenty of gift shops. I had a lot of fun and didn’t have time for many pictures.

Day three of Christmas just started and we will meet some more friends and family. 🙂

How do you spend your holidays and how is you Christmas tree?

 

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Christmas tree nr. 1
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Christmas tree nr. 2
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Christmas tree nr. 3
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Bucharest Christmas Market
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Act like a tourist, even if you are home

wanderlust = a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world

Dear friends,

My boyfriend says something very funny but also very true about me, that I am the kind of person that can feel like a tourist even in my hometown. I think he means that I get joy in the small things in life. I love taking long walks in the park or by the seaside.

I am lucky to live in Constanta, Romania, by the Black Sea and I try to enjoy its views as much as I can. Living by the sea has its benefits, people try to get here every summer, but we are here all year long and, trust me, the sea is wonderful in all the four seasons.

On the other hard, I am sure I am not the only one always ready for exploring the world around me so I made a list of things you can do when you feel the wanderlust:

  1. visit a museum or an art gallery in your town (I am sure you have some interesting places you always wanted to check out)
  2. take a hike and enjoy nature
  3. if you live in a big city maybe you will find  a free tour you can join or if you feel adventurous maybe you will start your own free tour to share all the knowledge about your city
  4. plan your next trip (maybe meet some friends to get some new ideas)

What do you do when you feel the need to travel? Please help me add to this list, I am curious to know your ideas.

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(Not so) Black Sea of Romania

Dear Diary,

I am so sad that summer is over. All that is left now are the pictures of what was a good time. Hope that i am not the only one “looking for the summer” so just stop for a moment and enjoy the photos. 🙂

Most of these pictures are representative for the wild beaches of the romanian seaside, starting from Vadu,Corbu and Tuzla. Last but not least we have the swans from my hometown of Mangalia.

Of course, Romania has as well crowded and glam beaches, but I don’t enjoy those so much. There is a beach for everyone and the romanian seaside has a lot to offer if you are open for adventure.

If you have any questions, I am more than happy to help.

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