marți, 14 august 2012

Five Reasons to Visit Romania.

If you're planning a trip to Europe sometime soon, there are many great reasons why you should visit Romania, five of which are listed below.
1. The Romantic Castles of Transylvania
Transylvania is the largest province in Romania, comprising 16 counties. It is known for its rich history and is home to an assortment of medieval castles and fortresses which are sure to impress you when you visit Romania. Imagine a medieval feast as you take a stroll through the Knight's Hall of the Gothic Corvinesti Castle, arguably the most stunning castle in the country or visit the World Heritage Biertan Fortified Church, which offers breathtaking views from its towers.
The fortified churches of Calnic, Darjiu and Prejmer are also World Heritage sites, while the fortresses of Fagaras and Rasnov are equally worth seeing. If ever you venture further south, don't forget to visit Peles Castle, too, in the charming town of Sinaia, which has beautiful stained glass windows and chandeliers.
2. The Legend of Dracula
In many parts of the world, Transylvania is also known as the home of Dracula, one of the most popular characters in horror fiction. After all, it is where Bran Castle, the main setting for Bram Stoker's novel, is located. This castle is also said to be one of the former residences of Vlad III or Vlad Tepes, the infamous prince of Walachia on whom the character of Dracula is based, who, incidentally has Draculea as his Romanian surname.
Aside from visiting Bran Castle, make sure you drop by the ruins of Poenari Fortress, Vlad's actual castle, when you visit Romania, to learn more about his life, and visit the Princely Court in Targoviste where he supposedly impaled the boyars. You can also stop by Casa Dracula in Sighisoara, where Vlad Tepes was born and Snagov Monastery, where Vlad Tepes is said to be buried. It is also worthwhile to spend the night at the village of Arefu where the locals will be more than willing to share you stories handed down from their ancestors, who, according to legend, were the loyal servants of Vlad Tepes himself.
3. Nature and Wildlife
Romania also has its share of stunning natural landscapes, which is home to an interesting diversity of wildlife - another great reason to visit Romania. Indeed, it is easy to spot bears, lynxes, wild bears and beavers in the various natural parks of Romania, particularly the Piatra Craiului Natural Park, and it is also one of the few countries in the world where you can still watch wolves at play in their natural habitat. For bird watchers, take a trip to the Danube Delta, the largest wetland in Romania and all over Europe, where you can see over 300 species of birds, including wild egrets, gold eagles and Dalmatian pelicans.
4. The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
Not too many people know of the painted monasteries in northeastern Romania, particularly in the province of Bucovina, and yet these gems from the 15th and 16th centuries provide another good reason to visit Romania. Each monastery is a work of Byzantine art, if not a masterpiece, with both the exterior and interior painted with elaborate and colorful frescoes depicting scenes from the bible, the saints, and images of heaven and hell. The best preserved ones are Humor, Probota, Moldovita and Voronet, which is considered the most beautiful of them all - all of which are designated World Heritage sites.
5. Medieval Towns
Take a step back in time when you visit Romania as you tour its well-preserved medieval towns, particularly those of Brasov, Sighisoara and Bistrita. Brasov offers a collection of baroque, gothic and renaissance architecture such as its Black Church and Council Square and Bistrita presents a row of remarkable merchant houses while Sighisoara is a World Heritage town with its narrow, cobbled streets and impressive churches. The towns of Cluj Napoca, Sibiu and Medias are also not to be missed.

luni, 13 august 2012

Native Flowers of Romania.

Romania has three different regions where various species and varieties of flowers grow. These include the Carpathian Mountain region, Dobrogea region and Danube Delta. Different types of flowers can be found in each region. In the Carpathian Mountain region, one can find various varieties of alpine flowers. Romania's Dobrogea region is home to various varieties of flowers from Central Europe, the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Danube Delta of Romania has many water and moor flowers. Thus, one can find quite a large variety of flowers grown in Romania. Some of the native flowers of Romania are discussed below.
Dog Rose
Dog rose is Romania's national flower. It can be either pink or white and blooms in June and July. It is found in two varieties namely the climbing variety or the self-supporting stalk. The flower is also very fragrant. In thrives in various soil types, except for the dry or waterlogged soil.
King Rock's Pink
King rock's pink or clove pink can be found in the Carpathian Mountain region of Romania only and is said to be one of the rarest flowers of the world. It is an ancestor of carnations, which are grown in gardens nowadays. The flower is pink in color with white or red markings in the center and gray green leaves.
Carpathian Bellflower
It is a beautiful blue or white bell-shaped flower that blooms in the summers. It is commonly grown in gardens of Romania. As the name of the flower suggests, it can be found in the Carpathian Mountain region of Romania.
Alpine Primrose
This flower can be found in the Carpathian Mountain region. It resembles the common primrose and is dark pink in color.
Globe Daisy
Globe daisy is a round fuzzy flower grown on the top of large stems. The flower is usually blue in color. It can be found in the Dobrogea region of Romania. The flower blooms in late spring and early summers. Pasque Flower
This flower grows in the Dobrogea region of Romania. It has dark purple petals and a yellow center. It is a perennial flower, which flourishes in full sun and rocky environment.
Fringed Water-lily
It is a yellow flower with yellow petals and resembles the water poppy in appearance. It is an aquatic plant growing in the Danube Delta region of Romania. It flourishes in the full sun and can hold its flower for one day only.
Yellow Wood Violet
This flower has bright yellow petals and a purple center. It grows either alone or in pairs at high altitudes. The blooming period of the flower occurs in the summers and extends from May to July.
Besides the above, there are many other native flowers of Romania. They include the lilac, crocus, fuchsia and white water lily.

Romania - The Country You Will Visit Again.

Nowadays most of the people all over the world either do not know even where Romania lies, or they have heard many terrible things about this country. For example, that Romanians sent to death their president Ceausescu, that their gypsies commit many crimes wherever they go or that Romania is so under developed that they seem to travel back to the past century...
Well, we cannot say that part of these is not true! However, here are some facts about Romania, which can change your opinion for good. First Romania is a country where diversity is equalled only by beauty. It is a harmonious country lying in the South -East of Europe, which fascinates the visitor by the variety of its terrain.
From the high peaks of the Carpathians until the Danube Delta, Romania displays its agreeable harmony. There are great plateaus in Transylvania; there are sunny hills that are suitable for the culture of vine in Moldavia, fertile plains watered by clear and quick rivers in Walachia. That is what gives the charm of this beautiful country.
To continue, the Black Sea invites the tourists by its series of modern resorts where the latest architecture highlights the landscape. In addition, this harmony between nature and architecture can be found in the big cities too. As far as the population is concerned Romania has about 22,303,522 inhabitants.
The capital, Bucharest has its attractions; Iasi is another special city in Romania, as well as Brasov or Sibiu, which is the current cultural European capital. What is very interesting in Romania is that each county has something specific.
For example, the south of the country, Oltenia, is famous for its embroideries and carpets, Maramures is famous for wooden sculptures, Bucovina is proud of its old traditions and Dobrogea can show you remnants of the past.
Another great region of Romania is Transylvania that most likely is famous for the legend of Dracula. This legend is related to the rule of Vald the Impaler, 1456 - 1462. He used to punish his people by impaling them, which is a terrible death. If a man dared not to serve him loyally, he used to end impaled by the merciless ruler.
As this punishment is extremely cruel, and bloody as well, people used to say that a human cannot do that and that is why they attributed this habit to a creature coming from hell. This idea, associated with the idea of blood led to the birth of ...a vampire. If you visit Bran castle, in the county of Brasov, you will have many thrilling surprises...
On the other hand, taking into consideration that evil cannot exist without a bright side, Romania suggests you to visit its famous monasteries, especially in the North of Moldavia. If you want to find the peace of your soul, you can visit any monastery in Romania. You will find there above all silence, and once you entered its territory, you even feel you are a better person. You can go there and pray and have some holy water or just enjoy the unique landscape.
We hope that these facts about Romania have made you at least curious to visit it...

Travel to Romania.

Located in the southeastern side of central Europe, the striking Romanian land is bordered by black sea. The country also shares its border with Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine, republic of Moldova and Bulgaria. An awesome amalgamation of natural diversity, Romania is worth to be inside the list of natural temptations of the planet. Supposed to be the hidden gem of central Europe, the country offers a complete treat for globetrotters. Molded in the perfect shape, Romania is all enchanting whether it is maroon beaches and hospitality offered by local inhabitants of the country with their heart out.
A trip to Romania is a great expedition for all those, who love to explore. Offering a new captivation at every step, Travel Romania offers an opportunity to get spoiled with some untouched attractions on the planet. Apart from gawking on spectacular vista of the country, you can take fun of extreme adventures also. Department of travel and tour in Romania organizes numerous fun activities for voyagers. The range of fun activities offered in Romania includes walking, hiking, trekking, horseback riding, mountain ridding etc. If you want to savor the real temptation of the country, you may spend your days in a remote Romanian village. Take either cooking lessons here or taste wines of different regions, there is a long list of activities that will set you on height of allurement.
A trip to Romania is truly an outstanding experience. If looking forward to plan a trip to this vivacious country, you can help of numerous online travel guides, which are able to take you to any corner on the planet. The Romania tourism is not a costly deal. You can get your booking done by any of numerous online travel guides. These will offer you a great deal as well.
Getting in- 
Romania has an easy access from almost every part of the earth. The country is very liberal in terms of inhibiting people. In accordance with law, an American citizen can stay here for almost 90 days with no visa. People from Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and European Union enjoy the similar status. The country is served by almost 17 airports and it is easily accessible from water and roadways too.

Hotels in Romania- 
Hospitality offered in Romania is beyond comparison. The most striking country in central Europe calls you to enjoy a great voyage and cherish a wonderful hospitality. Romania hotels are aimed to provide an impeccable service. These hotels are available in almost every range. But if, you are tempted to enjoy the rural ambiance of the country, you have to be friends with locals or find a shelter in remote village.

Enjoy the Romania travel in your style.

New Stuff from Romania:The Surreal Forests.

Romania Tours & Vacations

Romania is rapidly becoming a new destination for vacationers wanting to see old Europe. And now with Romania being elected to enter the EU in January of 2007 it is becoming more popular than ever. Romania holds many opportunities for touring, from historic and cultural sightseeing, active holidays, food and wine tours, Ski Vacations, Beach Holidays to spa relaxation. This edition of the Go Romania Tours Newsletter will give you a brief glimpse of what tours Romania has to offer.
The starting point to most tour will more than likely be in the country's capital, Bucharest. Often referred to as Little Paris for its beautiful wide tree lined boulevards, magnificent architectural buildings, and a reputation for the highlife. Depending on your flight times you may have the opportunity to take a city sightseeing tour. The main points of interest are the Parliament Palace and the Village Museum - which just celebrated its 100 year anniversary, which can be included in a full day city tour. Or you may consider an excursion to Snagov Lake, the tomb of Dracula, and Mogosoaia Castle.
When referring to Romania the first thing that comes to mind is Transylvania. Transylvania is home to some of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, most relating to the legend of Dracula; such as Sighisoara, Brasov and Sibiu - announced as the "European Capital of Culture" in 2007, together with Luxemburg. Also the stunning and picturesque castles such as Peles Palace, Corvinesti Castle, Fagaras Fortress, Bran Castle - also known as Dracula Castle, and more. The Fortified Saxon Churches, such as Biertan, are other monuments to consider when planning your tour through Transylvania. Medieval Romania Tour of Transylvania Ancient Cities and Return To The Middle Ages Short Break Tour of Sinaia and Bran from Bucharest are a couple tours you might consider.
Next moving up to the North of Romania in the Maramures region where a unique life style has been persevered through-out the years. The ancient village of Sapanta has become famous for its Merry Cemetery; called this because each grave stone cross contains an illustration and a poem depicting the person's life in a humorous way. Scattered through out the mountains you will find exquisite wooden churches, houses and sculptures in village museums which many of these monuments have been entered into the UNESCO world heritage listings. You can see the famed Wooden Churches of Maramures with the History and Tradition of Maramures Tour.
Continuing on the Northern trail head to Southern Bucovina and see the frescos of the painted monasteries. Set amidst the scenery of the surrounding mountains in villages known for their traditional way of life. Each fresco tells a different biblical story on its painted walls on the outside and inside of the monasteries, as well on the ceiling of the interior. This treasures are a must to add to your itinerary. A wonderful way to combine this region with other Word Heritage Cities of Mankind is with the 8 Day Tour of Romania UNESCO monuments in Maramures, Bucovina and Transylvania.
After take a side trip to The Biosphere Reservation of the Danube Delta. Where the main means of travel is by boat via the many channels through our the Delta. Playing host to over 300 species of birds the Danube Delta is a bird watching haven. 45 freshwater fish species, over 1,200 species of trees and plants and various mammals this area is excellent for all nature lovers. The main town is Tulcea and is the gateway to start your journey to other villages and areas of the fascinating region. Organize an 8 day tour package Discovering the Danube Delta A Bird Paradise, while lodging in charming family run guest houses and pensions offering a warm and personal comfort.
A perfect end to the journey is on Romania's Black Sea Coast. The coast stretches over 200 Km, with resorts spread out over the entire coastline; such as Mamaia, Eforie, Neptun, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Mangalia. Relax on the golden sandy beaches, enjoy all types of water sports, and why not visit the famous Murfatlar Winery with a meal in its facilities. Come for a week or longer Beach Holiday on the Black Sea Coast in Romania or head down after Uncovering Dracula and Historic Transylvania.
Ski Vacations and Winter Holidays can be planned to stay in the resort town of Poiana Brasov. You can organize a guided Ski Holiday Package in the Transylvanian Alps with a specialist private ski guide or discover the slopes on your own Independent Ski Package.
If you are the active type you may consider such adventure tours as; Cultural Hiking Tour through the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, Explore Northern Romania by Bike Tour or Horse Riding through the Calimani Mountains of Bucovina.
Culinary lovers can discover the Romanian Cuisine and the Wines of God in a Wine and Gastronomy Tour of Romania.
A vast range of tours in Romania is available for all types and themes. A visit to Romania will be one to remember and hard not to temp you from returning. Find out why tourists are inquiring more to vacation. Start customizing a guide tour package today and contact your Romania Travel Specialists.
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Three Interesting Things made in Romania.

Romania: Europe's Final Frontier and Next Hot Spot.

Check your preconceived notions about Romania at the door. Your experience here will not be defined by encounters with street children, Gypsy's, or Dracula. While all three may very well exist, none of them accurately defines modern day Romania. We learned this first hand on our first trip here five years ago. In fact, so different was the Romania that we encountered from the one we had heard about, that we ended up coming back and back again until eventually relocating here. 
Romania, in reality, is a vibrant and richly diverse country consisting of bustling modern cities, small town charm, Ancient European tradition, and stunning natural beauty. From it's majestic mountain ranges to it's expansive Black Sea coast line, Romania deserves to be defined by, more then anything else, it's raw untapped potential.

Romania holds much in store for the unsuspecting tourist. The last of Europe's great final frontiers it is the home of the ecological wonder of the Danube Delta, the Carpathian Mountains, an abundance of natural springs and some of the most pleasant resorts along the Black Sea coast. Romania offers you the opportunity to step between European city life and still-functioning village life, right out of the pages of National Geographic, all within a short drive. Romania, as it's tourism board puts it is indeed "simply surprising."
And, Romania is about to join the European Community. Likely projections put it's time of entry at 2007 or 2008. This means that the country is currently benefiting from intense modernization efforts and introduction of new facilities that are making the country easier to navigate and more pleasant to spend a prolonged period of time in. Today, Romania uniquely offers the opportunity to experience Europe as it once was and as it currently is - "Old" and "New" Europe at the same time. 
This paradox of time is reflected well in the architectural styles in Bucharest. Buildings here vary wildly from ultra-modern to ancient, kitschy to ready-to-bulldoze. One single street here can exhibit all such forms of architecture.

Romania itself takes it's name from the ancient civilization of Rome of which it thrived under. Times have not always been so kind to Romania. However, that has, in the end, only succeeded in making her people all the more resilient, appreciative of freedom, and ever-committed to having a good time and enjoying life. The name of Bucharest comes from the Romanian word "bucuros" meaning joyful and the people here do their best to see that the city lives up to its claim.
Some Latins have taken issue with the assertion that Romanians are a Latin people. One thing, however, is certainly beyond doubt: the Romanians exhibit all the zest of life and passion for fun that so characterizes those of the Latin bloodline.
Bucharest, the capitol and undisputed heart of Romania, is a city that is alive, throbbing with happening night clubs, discos, pubs, and restaurants, that would exhaust even the wildest party animal from the West. One could say without exaggeration that Bucharest is the Atlantic City of the European continent. It is home to hundreds of casinos which are easier to find than gas stations. While a lesser quantity actually deserve accolades, a handful of world class casinos do exist. Recently, a friend of ours showed us how for 500,000 lei (15 Euro) you can go to one of these top-notch casinos, and if you know how to respect your limits, play all night long while you stuff your face from a tempting buffet, drink yourself silly and generally have a good time. Then you can go out the next night to a different casino and do it all over again, week in and week out, if you so wish. What's more, you even get the occasional thanks from the casino manager for your kind presence.
In Romania, the old maxim rings especially true "chance favors the prepared mind." We have heard of every scam in the book played out here and of every unwanted travel nightmare occurring to unsuspecting tourists. Likewise, your chance of enjoying and actually thriving in Romania is based on the extent of your understanding of how Romania works and how you can make it work for you. Once you learn these secrets, success here is yours. There are so many things we've learned over the past 5 years that we only recently have got to the point where we feel qualified to consider ourselves experts in the region.
Romania is a vast and naturally blessed land surpassing the quantity of natural resources and ancient landmarks found in a number of more popularized Western European countries. It would take well beyond the contents of this one small article to give justice to what Romania possesses and how it can surprise and bedazzle you. Suffice to say, we live in Bucharest and within two hours we can be in the heights of the mountains and in the midst of some of the most incredible scenery available on this fair earth, where pine tree forests, meadows, running dear, and mountain landscapes all blend together seamlessly. It leaves you with the impression that they were painted by the hand of the Divine. We can also go 2 hours to the south and vacation along the Black Sea Coast where Romania's pulsating passion for fun takes on new forms. There we can enjoy world class resorts or rough it for a few dollars a night in a wooden tent on the beach. One thing though is always guaranteed; a good time will be had. Romanian's wouldn't have it any other way. 
The mountains and the sea are only some of the natural highlights of Romania. Romania is famed for the healing power of it's natural thermal springs and has developed spa resorts around them that offer full relaxation and recovery at a small fraction of the normal Western cost. Romania is home to a permanent ice cave and the ecological excursion of a lifetime at the mouth of the Danube Delta.

Nature though, is not the sole contributor to Romania's tourist appeal. The hand of man is revealed in it's painted monastaries, palaces and castles, medieval towns, and archaeological museums showcasing discoveries more then 2,000 years old. It is also home to the world's second largest building after the Pentagon, "The People's Palace." This mamouth building was once inhabited by Romania's modern day Dracula, Nicolae Ceausescu, who ruled over the people of Romania for more then 50 years. Eventually, the people successfully revolted against him in 1989 and ushered in the current period of democratic rule. The fact that the palace that was created and inhabited by a madman that held a country hostage for more then half a century is a now a museum is a living testimony to the Romanian spirit that will stop at nothing to live in freedom.
The Dracula of legend may have been invented by British author Bram Stoker but the character on which he is based Vlad Tepes (Tzepesh), or "Vlad the Impaler" is real. Tourists are often taken to the lackluster Bran Castle to see where this semi-legendary figure lived, although all historical records indicate that he never set foot there. In reality, the actual princely home of this former Prince of Wallachia (a Romanian providence) still stands, in part, today, protected by more then 1,000 stairs that keep the more sweat-hesitant tourists away.
One need not have a specific destination in mind in order to enjoy Romania. A simple drive in the countryside will yield it's own rewards. The producers of the Hollywood blockbuster "Cold Mountain" chose Romania as their filming location, in part, because of the spectacular, uninterrupted skylines found in much of Romania - they could not locate such scenery in America.
As a side note, the motion picture industry has found a new home in Romania. We've personally ran into Chevy Chase several times, as well as Wesley Snipes, Nicole Kidman, and others. It deserves mention that they seem to amply enjoy Bucharest's nightlife offerings and have shared with us positive comments about their experience in Romania.
For those who want to experience the charms and frills of European living without sacrificing 25% of their wealth at the airport exchange desk, as they convert their US dollar to Euro, and possess the thirst and capacity for a little added excitement than what is normally found in Europe, Romania should be their first consideration.
Romania is extremely expat friendly. Romania is very western-minded and especially pro-American. President Bush visited Romania in 2002 and was met by throngs of cheerful spectators, many of whom waved American flags. Romania is one of the few European countries that is a member of the "Coalition of the Willling," and is home to US troops stationed at the American naval base in the seaside town of Constantza. And, it deserves pointing out, that out of all countries where American troops are stationed, including tropical paradises, more enlisted Americans seek to stay on in Romania then at any other US Naval base in the world. Ultimately the reason behind this curious statistic is unknown. However, several of the US soldiers stationed here told us it had a lot to do with the laid back lifestyle and hospitality of the locals, the natural beauty inherent in the land, the availability of American goods and services, and more often that not, the Romanian women that they had met.
Unlike the majority of European countries, television programs and films are shown almost exclusively in their original language, which more often than not is English. This means cable television brings you 40 or so channels in English and you can take full advantage of modern cinema facilities during your vacation or relocation to Romania. This also means that Romanians have grown up with a closeness to the English-language which combined with excellent schooling, has resulted in a great deal of Romanians having achieved a fluency in the English-language. Foreigners will not have a hard time breaking the language barrier in most parts of the country. Romanian itself is the closest spoken language to Latin and resembles Italian, French, and Spanish, meaning that speakers of any of these languages will find Romanian a relatively easy language to learn with a little desire and tenacity.
Romania can offer you the luxury of American/Western living in it's custom built communities such as "The American Village" and "The French Village." Or, it can allow you to custom build your own lifestyle, perhaps taking elements of your old, familiar life and adding to it a new more appealing dimension. One Western European expat family we know of opened an inn in Transylvania. Every week they entertain guests from around the world and show them a slice of Romania that they fell in love with. An American expat family we know moved to a remote and economically depressed village in the northern part of the country and opened a soup kitchen and adventure camp for local children. They are making a difference and doing what they love. Yet other expats from America, Great Britain and across Europe have opened pubs and nightclubs that add a little air of familiarity from back home to the Bucharest skyline.
Romania, as a final frontier, brings with it the promise of the thrill of discovery, the excitement of going where few have gone before, and the opportunity to expand your horizons. It also presents the possibility of occasional frustrations and hassles. If you have something of the pioneer spirit burning within you and think you share to some level the Romanian joie-de-vivre (passion for life) then we can make no better suggestion to you then to come now and see firsthand why Romania is simply so surprising.

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