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Overall I was left with the impression that Romania is a country with a lot of history that I can hardly relate to. It is unfortunate that I haven't been to this part of Eastern Europe before as there is a lot to discover. The friendliness of the people around the cities was typical for eastern Europe, yet it was very difficult to communicate with locals. The romanian language is far from Bulgarian or English. It is hard to get around town based on the signs, so it is wise to make a plan beforehand.

Anyways it was a great trip that opened my eyes to Romania, which was a complete mystery for me. Now that I've seen some of its treasures i'm looking forwards to organizing a trip which will be dedicated to Romania and will cover more of its history and culture. This has definitely tickled my interest and has given me food for though for when I decide to come back, sometime in the future.

If you are planing a trip to Eastern Europe, definitely check out Romania as an option.

5 years ago

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As I wrote earlier the hotel Minerva is an impressive place to stay. It holds a lot of history between its luxurious walls. The place is ideal to take someone for dinner or to stay for a few nights while exploring the beautiful Romanian city.

Minerva Hotel Restaurant

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Craiova Art Museum (photo: internet)

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Here is a list of buildings which are impressive, and which i liked visiting.

Dolj County Hall (in the image; I'm not sure if this is the name of the building but it is in the centre and it looks like an impressive castle in the typical for the area architectural style - neo-classical)
Craiova Art Museum
Carol I national college
St. Elias Church

probably there are many more things to see, but since I was there for the afternoon I wasn't able to fully explore what the city has to offer. There is an amazing restaurant in the centre called Minerva (actually it is a fancy hotel). If you want to travel back in time the restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening. Its decoration is very impressive (interior/exterior wise).


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When we arrived in Craiova we were impressed by the architectural heritage that the city has. The city is considered to be a student city because of the huge University of Craiova that is the educational choice for many romanians AND bulgarians. The university had an impressive facade. We weren't able to get into the building itself, but from what we saw from the outside, we were left in awe. It reminded us of University of Sofia since the style of both buildings was practically the same.

I didn't have my camera, so these are pictures that show what the cities are all about.

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The decision was made to take the 80+ km road to Craiova and see what the 6th largest city in Romania has to offer. It was apparent that romanians are considering the increased traffic on their roads as a source of extra income. New gas stations are being build, widening of the road was also taking place and general improvements of the houses along the way was present. As I wrote earlier many churches even in small towns made the impression of how religious romanians are.

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I haven't been to Romania for all the years that I've spend in Bulgaria. After all the two countries are so close to each other that it is a shame for me to not cross the river Danube for once.

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Apart from the great architecture of the houses something else that impressed me a lot was the attitude towards religion. I was left with the impression that Romanians are very religious people. I don't want to compare the two countries in any way, but from the amount of churches (present even in tiny villages), and their condition, I must note that Romanians are really religious. The style of their icons was different as compared to the traditional byzantine icons, found in churches in Bulgaria, Greece, Russia. I'll have to research more on their style but to sum it up - their icons look more like traditional renaissance portraits, rather than the typical stylized icons that can be seen in Eastern Orthodox churches. Anyways it was great to visit three huge churches in Calafat and enjoy the artwork of great craftsmen.

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First stop after getting into Romania was the town that I've seen only from the other side of the river - Calafat.

Calaft is a small town that made a great impression to me. It had an amazing vibe, people were friendly and a sense of calmness could be felt on its streets. The town has about 20,000 residents, but to me it felt more like 1000. The town has a great monument that commemorates the soldiers who fought for independence in 1877 (Eastern Orthodox Coalition led by the Russian Empire agains the Ottoman Empire). The monument is situated on a hill that overlooks Vidin (Bulgaria) and its "Baba Vida" fortress. There is a seating area in front of the monument and stairs which led to a garden that followed the Danube river. An overall picturesque little town that was connected with its neighbour.

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There is a new bridge that connects Bulgaria to Romania at the towns of Vidin (Bulgaria) and Calafat (Romania). The project was started back in 1999 and financial projects, and other research work, took place until 2007 when the construction officially began.

It costs 6 Euro to go one way on the bridge. The customs officials are pretty quick at letting the traffic through.

The project seemed very well done and it was a joy to travel through Danube Bridge 2.

Sadly, I didn't take my phone but here is a photo that presents the almighty bridge.

5 years ago

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