Romania
 

Romania is the perfect land of contrasts and paradoxes: the country of Constantin Brancusi, Eugene Ionesco, Emil Cioran, Mircea Eliade, and Nadia Comaneci, but also of Dracula and Nicolae Ceausescu.

The Old World of Romania is a vast museum of ancient heritage and still alive even if only through its famous painted churches and monasteries, its folk art, or its feudal castles in the Carpathian Mountains.

The New World may be embodied by the Parliament Palace and the subway network in Bucharest, or by the Western styles of life adopted by Romania's townsfolk.

   

 
Romanian Mountains resorts
 
Romanian mountains are pretty well known for their ski resorts. But few people realize that from spring right through to autumn the Carpathians offer hundreds of miles of idyllically unspoiled alpine meadows, forests, lakes, rivers and secluded valleys, challenging mountain peaks.

To put it in a nutshell, if you are addicted to adrenaline just grab your hiking gear and life insurance and come meet us.

   

 
Romanian Feudal Castels
 

Back in time. How often we dreamed about knifes and princes and their glorious lives!?Romanian castels like Bran Castle (photo 2)- also know as the Dracula Castle - bring the scient of the bygone times.

He is Prince Vlad Tepes, who would have lived in the castle. It is true that he was very bloody, but not as portrayed by the fictional character of "Dracula" as written by the English author, Bram Stoker.

More, if you came in Romania in August don't miss the "Medieval Art and Theatre Festival" that take place one week every year in the "Pearl of Transylvania" (Sighisoara- photo 1).

   

 
Romanian Traditions
 

Basically, Romanian customs can be classified in seasonal ones and the ones that refer to specific events in people’s life: birth, christening, marriage and death (funeral).

One of the most beautiful Romanian Easter traditions is painted eggs. The shells of hard-boiled eggs are dyed in colourful patterns, with a rich red the prevailing colour. They are often decorated with folk motifs. Designs are made with an implement called a condei or chisita - a small cartridge filled with paint with a sharp point on the end.

There are a myriad of motifs used on painted eggs. In spring, Romanians celebrate the 1st of March (when men give to women amulets tied with a red and white string), the 8th of March (the Woman’s Day) and also specific holidays as "Dragobete", "Sânziene", "Dragaica" (when young girls put basil under their pillows to dream their heart’s chosen), plenty of fairies that vary from a region to another.

 
Danube Delta atraction
 

The waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. The Danube delta hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.

An expedition into the Danube Delta means discovering the Letea Grind, with its strange wood, well known for asymmetrically shaped trees.Fish is the region's specialty cuisine and you can dine on a wide range of fish-based dishes in the Delta. One not to miss is the local fish soup. The way to explore the Delta is by boat, whether by ferry, fishing boat, kayak or rowboat. A trip through the inner channels requires specialized equipment and a local pathfinder to guide your way. It's a trip wildlife lovers should not miss.

   

 
Painted Monasteries and Churces
 
The fame of the romanian churches reaches well beyond the borders of Romania. Probably the best known tourist attraction in the country, they are visited daily by hundreds of travelers from all over the world.With their painted exterior walls, decorated with 15th- and 16th-century frescoes that are considered masterpieces of Byzantine art, these churches in northern Moldavia are unique in Europe. Far from being merely wall decorations, the paintings represent complete cycles of religious murals on all facades. Their outstanding composition, elegant outline and harmonious colours blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape.
   

 
Romanian Cities
 
Romania has the majestic castles, medieval towns, great hiking and wildlife, and cheap skiing of much of the 'undiscovered' former Eastern Bloc. You'll be floored at how different it is, but you'll almost certainly see signs that it's chasing the dreams of the rest of the West.

Horse-drawn carts jostle for space against fast cars whose drivers are talking money on mobile phones; farm workers watch Baywatch on satellite in their medieval farmhouses. Romania is clawing itself forward, slowly and surely sloughing off the remnants of the Ceausescu era.The transition is not easy, and for some it's downright painful. In the middle of the picturesque scenery and the headlong rush to development where the money is fast and the suits Armani, parts of the country are being left out.

   

 
Black Sea Coast
 
Romania's Black Sea coastline stretches over 152 miles (245 km.) from the Danube Delta to Bulgaria. The southern third of this stretch is marked by the ancient port city of Constanta and numerous modern beach resorts. The region, called Dobruja, has an intriguing history. Legend has it that Jason's argonauts anchored on this seashore while searching for the golden fleece. Ancient Greeks also came here and established the cities of Histria, Tomis (now Constanta) and Callatis (now Mangalia). Remains of their civilization are visible throughout the region
 
 

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