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    Romania.

    The land of Count Dracula, Gheorghe Hagi and Ilie Nastase, George Enescu and Nadia Comaneci, Constantin Brancusi and Hertha Muller, Lucian Bute and Daniel Negreanu, Stefan Odobleja and Nicolae Paulescu, Henri Coanda and Aurel Vlaicu and even George Pomutz, an American Civil War general. You may or may not have heard of the people I listed above but in their respective fields all of them have made a considerable impact.

    And all of them come from a country in Eastern Europe called Romania.

    Many of you have heard about this Eastern European country and with this thread I hope to shed a light on the beauty of Romania and hopefully help you make a decision with regards to a possible visit.

    To start off the thread, I will present a couple of quick facts to make a better idea about Romania.

    The first remains of human activity in Romania are from 42000 years ago, from the "Cave With Bones", and the earliest known written evidence of people living in the area are from Herodotus's writings mentioning the local tribes called "Getae". The Dacian Kingdoms which controlled the area later on were conquered by the Roman Empire and colonised in 106AD. Later on, the first medieval kingdom in Romania was founded in 1330 and up until the Declaration of Independence in 1878 with a new Kingdom of Romania, the territories in modern day Romania have been either independent or under foreign rule.

    The creation of the Kingdom of Romania in 1878 under the reign of King Carol (Karl) I ensured stability and prosperity that culminated with the creation of Greater Romania in 1918, comprising of Wallachia, Moldavia, Transylvania, Bucovina, the Quadrilater and Bessarabia. After World War 2, Romania was a Communist country, led by Gheorghe Ghiorghiu Dej and later on by the infamous Nicolae Ceausescu.

    Since the fall of the Communist Revolution in 1989, Romania has made the transition to democracy using a system of bi-chamber Parliament and a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Bucharest and under the guidance of the current incumbent Traian Basescu.

    And without further ado, here's some wonderful pictures taken from a great Facebook page called "273 places you have to visit in Romania."

    http://www.facebook.com/273.ro

    Bodi Lake



    Calimani Plateau



    Corcoaiei Gorges



    Peles Castle - built by King Carol I



    Dawn at Costinesti, Black Sea



    Postavaru Plateau, 1600m




    Brasov - The Black Church, centered




    Curtea de Arges Cathedral



    Bran Castle - Dracula's wrongly attributed residence (Vlad Tepes's castle was Poenari)



    Sucevita Monastery




    Viscri Monastery - Prince Charles recently bought a house in the commune




    The thread will be frequently updated with more pictures, couple of videos and other information regarding Romania, including a special lengthy post about the capital Bucharest, so stay tuned. :thumbsup2

    Furthermore, if you wish to visit Romania, do not hesitate to post in this thread. I'd be more than happy to give you information where to go, what to visit, where to stay... :)

    Here is the official website of the Romanian tourism - http://www.romaniatourism.com/

    Thank you and I hope you enjoyed this.
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    Those are some beautiful pictures, I'm just afraid it doesn't look like that all around the year.


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    Beautiful pictures indeed! I watched a TV show once about Dracula and these fellow spent the night in that Dracula castle atop a mountain an looked for ghosts and such. Very scary! The coutryside was quite inviting, even in the evening, despite the ghosts of tradgedys past lurking about! :O
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    Gorgeous! That second picture just knocked my socks off. Thanks for sharing you beautiful country with us edyz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Husar View Post
    Those are some beautiful pictures, I'm just afraid it doesn't look like that all around the year.
    Sure it does, just a minor modification called extreme weather (very hot in the summer, very cold in the winter...this winter it was freezing)

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    Ok, ok, that too

    I'm glad you guys are enjoying it. I'll put more pictures up, including one with Little Paris (Bucharest).
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    Here's a couple of images of Little Paris - Bucharest.

    Bucharest in 1837



    Palace of the Parliament - heaviest building in the world and second biggest building by volume



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    Romanian Atheneum



    Triumphal Arch



    CEC Palace

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    Awesome pics, wish we had such natural beauty. What's the food like
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    I won't get mugged would I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fragony View Post
    Awesome pics, wish we had such natural beauty. What's the food like
    Delicious. And I mean it.

    It's a combination of Balkan-European-traditional styles, a mixture of everything, including original takes on already known recipes which makes it even better.

    I'll post pics of dishes up soon.

    I won't get mugged would I?
    Common misconception. No, you won't get mugged, the streets are as safe as any other European capital (if you visit Bucharest).
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    Mmmm, the first two pictures are very nice. As one who enjoys photography, I can very much appreciate them.

    I have been told by Romanian acquaintances finding themselves in my country to visit Romania. They even told me to find a wife there, hehehe!

    In any case, from those couple of pictures, if that represents Romanian landscape, I see I would very much like to visit the country sometime simply to photograph. There are probably things like inns and the likes, or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan View Post
    Mmmm, the first two pictures are very nice. As one who enjoys photography, I can very much appreciate them.

    I have been told by Romanian acquaintances finding themselves in my country to visit Romania. They even told me to find a wife there, hehehe!

    In any case, from those couple of pictures, if that represents Romanian landscape, I see I would very much like to visit the country sometime simply to photograph. There are probably things like inns and the likes, or not?
    As you can see, Strike for the South and Rhyfelwr mentioned the topic of beautiful women...

    And yes, indeed, those are natural landscapes from around the country. With regards to accommodation, there's small hostels scattered all over the country where you can check in and enjoy a good bed and breakfast without paying too much.
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    Couple of more pictures, taken from a spectacular Facebook group - 273 Places to Visit in Romania
    http://www.facebook.com/273.ro


    Brasov in winter by night




    Romanian Atheneum, inside




    Traditional Romanian wooden gate



    Snow covered forest



    Narrow street in Sighisoara




    All credits go to their respective photographers. :)
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    Beautiful! Do you have any pictures of ruins? I love that type of stuff! :D Time period is not important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike For The South View Post
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    Beautiful! Do you have any pictures of ruins? I love that type of stuff! :D Time period is not important.
    Sure, I'll dig some pictures up and post them.
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    Great areas shown, great. I can appreciate such landscapes, and even more who put it there.

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    Are there a lot of pretty women there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan View Post
    Great areas shown, great. I can appreciate such landscapes, and even more who put it there.


    Are there a lot of pretty women there?
    Indeed. Ask Strike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuJuBee View Post
    Beautiful! Do you have any pictures of ruins? I love that type of stuff! :D Time period is not important.
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    I meant medieval ruins or such. Ah, such an etherial atmosphere! You can sense it on the winds.
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    Beautiful pics! Bran Castle is really cool, I've never seen slanted towers like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scienter View Post
    Beautiful pics! Bran Castle is really cool, I've never seen slanted towers like that.
    Bran Castle was built by the Teutonic Knights in 1212 at the invite of the Hungarian King who wanted to ensure military control over the unruly Wallachian peasants who roamed the areas.

    Today it's a major touristic attraction and inside it houses a splendid Romanian Royal Family museum.
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    Lovely pics, beautiful places!



    Also, slight mix-up, I believe. Scienter means the cupolas on the Cathedral of Curtea de Argeş. Bran Castle is the picture below that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis VI the Fat View Post
    Lovely pics, beautiful places!

    Also, slight mix-up, I believe. Scienter means the cupolas on the Cathedral of Curtea de Argeş. Bran Castle is the picture below that.
    Oh, I didn't notice that. The Curtea de Arges Cathedral is of obvious Byzantine style with Arabic/Moorish influence and was built in the late 16th century as the seat of the Orthodox Church.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtea_...5%9F_Cathedral



    On another topic, here's two traditional Romanian dances.



    It's caled Calusul, and the dancers Calusari, which more or less means Horse Dancers.


    And this is a typical Hora...



    That's just a collection of pics, I'm trying to find a video with a real Hora dance.
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    For all you gourmands out there...
    Posted by a friend over at TWC, some really good examples of local food.


    Cozonac



    Traditionally Decorated Easter Eggs



    Sarmale (cabbage rolls filled with minced meat) alongside mamaliga (polenta)



    Sarmalute in foi de vita (Rolls filled with minced meat in grapevine leaves)



    Eggplant salad



    Soup in homemade bread



    Vişinată and afinata (alcoholic beverage produced from sour cherries or blackberries)



    Socată (soft drink made from the flowers of the European elder (or elderberry) shrub)



    Tuica (traditional alcoholic beverage usually made from plums - warning! - this can go up to 80 degrees )



    And a collection of excellent wines: Traditional: Tămâioasă Românească; Fetească Regală, Grasă de Cotnari, Fetească Neagră, Frâncuşa

    International: Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel.

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    That soup looks incredible, never seen, or heard of, of using a bread as a bowl. Got to try that
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    You're more than welcome to come and visit Frag.

    Culture Palace, Iasi



    Lake Bicaz



    Bicaz Gorges



    Slanic Moldova

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