We're back from our trip to Romania
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jun 10, 2013 3:17 AM Last Post By: ScottishMairi
Aug 13, 2012 7:22 PM
We're back from our trip to RomaniaI'd like to thank everyone who gave us good advice for our trip to Romania, which was even better than we expected. We keep a very detailed diary, with lots of pictures, if anyone wants detailed information.
We are older travellers (61 and 69), and have backpacked on a shoestring all over the world, but these days are prepared to spend a bit more money if we have to, so all our accommodation was in the centre of the old towns, and we paid for tours in each place rather than using public transport. We spent 10 days there, which wasn't really enough. Fourteen would have been much better, as we wouldn't have had to hurry so much.
A summary of our views (from our diary) is below
"Most people we know have a negative view of Romania, mainly due to publicity about its despotic leader Nicolae Ceaușescu (who was executed in 1989), or stories they saw about the orphanages around that time, or stories they’ve read about problems with gypsies or packs of dogs. When we told people we were going to Romania, their reaction was to cite one of these stories.
The actual Romania we saw was wonderful, and had well and truly moved on from those dark days. We have no negative stories to tell. Everything was great. Transport was plentiful, cheap, and worked well, and we could even book trains on the internet from Australia, and turn up with an e-ticket. Road were good, unlike what we’d been led to believe.
In all the cities we stayed in the historic centres, usually in wonderful hotels right on the main squares, usually for between 50 and 100 euros for two – unheard of prices in Europe for places of such quality and position. Like any cities, there were some very ordinary parts as well, but tourists don’t need to stay there. All of these Old Towns had wonderful areas for outdoor eating, which gave them a very nice atmosphere. They all had superb old buildings.
As well as historic all towns, there were the Saxon fortified churches, the Painted churches of Southern Bucovina, and the wooden churches of Maramures.
Add to this all the wonderful rural landscape –impossibly green vistas, fields of sunflowers, haymaking, horse-drawn ploughs and long, skinny 4-wheeled carts.
The people were friendly, and we had no negative encounters"
Aug 14, 2012 1:52 AM
1Hi - and thanks for the great post.
I know Romania and its bordering countries very well.
I've experienced much the same as you, when telling people I'm off there for a few weeks....
"Romania, Romania, what d'ya wanna go there for? Fulla gypos who come here scrounging houses".
As usual, they've never been - and wouldn't even know where to find it on a map.
Sure, there are wild dogs, there are in every Eastern European country. There are still orphanages too.
I know one particular orphanage not far from Tirgu-Jiu (Targu-Jiu) that is still fully operational.
It's almost 23 years since the gaffer and his Mrs. were popped, but still the unwanted babies keep arriving.
Every country has it's down sides and if you go looking for them, you'll find them.
In some countries, a bit of the down side occasionally comes to you.
I adore Romania. The mad slow train rides through the mountains just send me every time.
Sighisoara at night, the painted churches up near Moldova, around Suceava,
The madness of Bucuresti, the bears, wolves and eagles around Poiana Brasov.
The weddings that last for days, I can't get enough of the place.
Thanks again for a nice write up.
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Aug 29, 2012 12:59 PM
7Thanks from me too for the excellent description of Romania. We just went there by train/car this summer and are just in love, bewitched. I agree to everything you wrote and can add that the food is good and has more variety on the menyes than an average tourist restaurant, the sodas and fruit juices are great (order fresh lemonade when dining!) their own beer and wine are great, the icecream is great... Even the stray dogs are friendly and nice. Save some food for them. Advice regarding begging children is to give some treat or candy. Something for the child, not money. They are often in hands of somebody, sadly enough.
We are from Sweden and I only once met someone who went to Romania for vacation. This is absurd. Also the prices are about 1/4 of here regarding food and entrances and taxi is even cheaper. I would have tried to keep this to my heart cause it feels we found a treasure, but still we hope more people will discover this amazing place and not the least to hope for touristeconomic support to the population. Oh! And the coffee is fantastic! And the colors of the houses in the little villages in Transylvania.... ooh moaning of sheer beauty
If travelling to Brasov, note that the black church is undergoing repairing or something right now so there are some holes and fences around. And make sure someone shows where the smallest alley is. We searched in vain! But don't miss the little river behind the houses in the evening.
Aug 29, 2012 1:02 PM
Jun 10, 2013 3:17 AM
9Hi, and thank you for such a wonderful post about Romania. I hope to travel there very soon, and as a lone 28yr old female traveller, I have also been met with the same opinions. I will be on a research trip to Tirgu Jiu and found your comments about travelling in Romania to be informative. Many thanks!
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