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    Fortified monasteries in Romania, from Transylvania and Moldavia.


    Putna Monastery



    Sucevita Monastery



    Biertan Monastery - built between the 15th and 16h century



    Prejmer Monastery - built in 1212 by the Teutonic Knights



    Boian Monastery




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    Lovely places and scenery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edyzmedieval View Post
    Prejmer Monastery - built in 1212 by the Teutonic Knights

    I know it's just the camera perspective, but it looks like someone put a church in a football stadium.

    Great pics.
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    Some more pictures.

    Colilia Monastery, Dobrogea



    Haystacks on a field



    Detunatele in the winter



    Vatra Dornei

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    Maybe I DO need to visit Romania. Will I be able to get by in English
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fragony View Post
    Maybe I DO need to visit Romania. Will I be able to get by in English
    In Bucharest there shouldn't be much problem to get by. Albeit, Top Gear when they visited they had some problems with their pathfinding around the city but when in serious doubt always ask at the hotel/hostel, they will be more than glad to answer.

    For the members of TWC, the thread is here - http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=448442
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    Some more pictures to delight your eyes. :)

    Riding in the field



    Dracula's Castle - Bran (it's actually Poenari but I'll go with the flow :P)



    Fields near Suceava, northern Romania



    Peles Castle (during winter)

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    That is one creepy looking castle!
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    A couple of more stunning pictures taken by amateur photographers. :)

    I encourage you all to visit this spectacular page - http://www.facebook.com/273.ro - the place where I get some of these photographs.

    Rapeseed fields



    Sunset



    Brasov



    Bistrita Monastery courtyard

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    Can you tell some MORE about the cuisine, I always like reading that, my knowledge doesn't go beyond goulash
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    Beautiful country Romania is. Even in the most bitterly cold days of winter it must be a pleasant sight to behold. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuJuBee View Post
    Beautiful country Romania is. Even in the most bitterly cold days of winter it must be a pleasant sight to behold. :)
    Definitely.

    The rural areas have kept their traditional way of life, and they're not necessarily resistant to technology or any other advancements, it is just that many prefer to live the old way passed on by their forefathers.

    Can you tell some MORE about the cuisine, I always like reading that, my knowledge doesn't go beyond goulash
    Sure.

    One note to begin with - Goulash is Hungarian.

    As I said before, Romanian food is a mixture of everything. Mainly influenced by Ottoman cuisine but also Hungarian, Serbian/Slavic, German and a couple of traditional dishes which have existed for hundreds of years around these places. Most of the dishes you will find in other countries, except that around here they're original takes on well known recipes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_cuisine
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    I will focus this post on Sighisoara, one of the last truly medieval inhabited towns, also known as the Pearl of Transylvania -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sighi%C5%9Foara

    Map of Sighisoara in 1735 - taken from the website www.celendo.ro



    The Clock Tower





    Vlad Tepes's place of birth
    Inscription reads - "In this house Vlad Dracul, son of Mircea the Elder, lived between 1431-1435"



    The Covered Stairs



    Narrow (stair) street leading up to the Clock Tower - taken from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/26393573



    Narrow street in Sighisoara



    All credits go to their respective photographers. :)
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mogo%C5%9Foaia_Palace

    Mogosoaia Palace - built by Constantin Brancoveanu at the end of the 17th century. What's really surprising is that it survived 400 years in almost perfect shape, alongside a ransacking of the Ottoman Army, a couple of fires if I recall correctly and the test of time.

    Entrance of the Mogosoaia Palace



    Mogosoaia Palace

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    Wait, they have electricity AND Camera's in Romania? news to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prussian to the Iron View Post
    Wait, they have electricity AND Camera's in Romania? news to me.
    Maybe I should rename this to Surprising Romania.

    Couple of more pictures, as usual, taken from here - http://www.facebook.com/273.ro

    Apuseni Mornings



    Ostrov Lake



    Parang Mountains

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    How you get money to go to all of these places?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELITEOFKINGWARMAN88 View Post
    How you get money to go to all of these places?
    I've seen many of them but not all. And these pictures are taken from a Facebook group which tries to promote the beauty of Romania worldwide to encourage tourists to visit.

    www.facebook.com/273.ro
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    I am still waiting for my ruins edyz! >:| :)
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    I actually have a cousin in the U.S. Marines who is currently serving in Romania. He's stationed near Constanta, which is on the Black Sea coast, so he hasn't been able to see any of the mountains (which would be my main interest). He mentioned that there's a constant wind that blows there, which we're unaccustomed to. He likes the bars and restaurants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B_Ray View Post
    I actually have a cousin in the U.S. Marines who is currently serving in Romania. He's stationed near Constanta, which is on the Black Sea coast, so he hasn't been able to see any of the mountains (which would be my main interest). He mentioned that there's a constant wind that blows there, which we're unaccustomed to. He likes the bars and restaurants.
    Kogalniceanu Military Base.

    It's the constant wind because of the Black Sea, and with regards to the mountains, they're around 500kms away, proper mountains. Because Dobrogea, the region where Constanta is, has it's own range called the Macin Mountains but they are around 400 m tall. Something of a taller hill.

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    I would love to visit the area around Targu Frumos for obvious reasons. I wonder if there is anything left from the battle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerJaeger View Post
    I would love to visit the area around Targu Frumos for obvious reasons. I wonder if there is anything left from the battle?
    I don't have any knowledge of anything remaining, but I'll check for you.

    Couple of edifices from Romania. :)

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    Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest



    Tropaeum Traiani, Adamclisi (raised by Emperor Trajan after his victory over the Dacians)



    Rupea Fortress, Brasov (this one is for JuJuBee )



    Sturdza Palace, Miclauseni

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    Brilliant! The Trajan picture was too my liking too! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuJuBee View Post
    Brilliant! The Trajan picture was too my liking too! :)
    Unfortunately, it's only a reconstruction and inside the reconstruction there are a couple of big blocks left from the original which was destroyed looong time ago.

    The original was much bigger.
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    Well, it was still a lovely sight to behold! All that open countryside in Romania is just intoxicating! :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuJuBee View Post
    Well, it was still a lovely sight to behold! All that open countryside in Romania is just intoxicating! :D
    Indeed. There's huge empty tracts of land in the country, and only the cities are densely populated.

    But nevertheless, it's really beautiful if you manage to hit the untouched areas of nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edyzmedieval View Post
    I don't have any knowledge of anything remaining, but I'll check for you.

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    I wanted to do a post about the Romanian Royal Family so here it is finally.


    Why did I want to do it?


    The Romanian monarchy consolidated the state and greatly raised its prestige, so much so that Bucharest in the 1920's was a very fashionable place to live in, hence the nickname Little Paris. In the brief time of the monarchy, from 1866 to 1945, Romania became a known country throughout the world and at the same time respected for the progress and achievements it had managed to achieve. :)


    What's the connection with a thread presenting Romania?


    As I mentioned earlier, the Royal family more or less put Romania on the known map of the world. Queen Marie's visit to New York caused a ticker tape parade in the middle of the city, showing how much the status of the country increased from when the family took over. Also, under their guidance, some of the most visited Romanian landmarks have been built or restored to their former glory, the notable examples being the Peles Castle and the other being Dracula's castle, the Bran Fortress. In a nutshell, the Royal Family drew considerable positive attention to the country :)


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_Royal_Family






    Brief History


    The first Romanian king of the United Principalities (Rom. - Principatele Unite) was Alexandru Ioan Cuza from 1859 to 1866 when he was forced to abdicate. The true Romanian Royal Family was established in 1866 after Prince Karl of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen (Prince Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrinus Ludwig of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen) took up the throne of the United Principalities, backed by both France and Prussia.


    Under King Karl's (Regele Carol) leadership, Romania achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1878.









    King Karl is the one "responsible" for the creation of the superb Peles Castle.





    Not only that but he's responsible for the smaller Pelisor as well. Both castles can be visited and have an impressive array of weapons and other items reminiscent of the royal era.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelisor









    King Karl's died without issue and so the throne was passed to his nephew, King Ferdinand.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_of_Romania


    King Ferdinand married Princess Marie of Edinburgh, who became Queen Marie of Romania, one of the most loved figures in Romanian history. Because of her intervention after WWI, Romania was able to achieve the unification of all Romanian-speaking territories, including Bessarabia, modern day Moldavia.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Romania







    Queen Marie was also nicknamed the Soldier Queen for her dedication to the Romanian Army (lieutenant of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment "Rosiorii") but was also a Red Cross nurse (probably the only Queen to do so).






    After King Ferdinand came King Karl the IInd (Regele Carol al II lea), this time one of the most controversial figures in Romanian history.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_II_of_Romania


    Apart from the troubled time under his reign, he gave orders to expand and improve the Royal Palace, which is now the National Museum of Art that houses an impressive collection of both international and Romanian artworks. Can be visited daily. :)





    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa...Art_of_Romania






    The last member of the Royal Family to sit on the Romanian throne was King Michael (Regele Mihai). To date he is the only surviving head of state from World War II, alongside Tsar Simeon of Bulgaria.





    King Michael's actions at the closure of World War II are estimated to have shortened the war by around 6 months by turning arms against the Wehrmacht allies and supporting the Allied effort on the Eastern Front.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_of_Romania


    Today, the Royal Family promotes the image of Romania overseas.
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    How far would $500 (plus airfare) get me in Romania if I stayed primarily at hostels? My girlfriend just broke up with me about a month before I was going to buy an engagement ring. I need some way to use my research stipend money and traveling sounds pretty enticing.

    edit: Before anyone makes a comment, yes I am a complete and utter moron. It is part of what makes me so charming.
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