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Eddyz Aquila
05-03-2011, 06:34 PM
Not sure where to put this exactly, so I chose the relaxed forum instead. :)

Lately I've been reading a lot about my own country and with that in mind I want to show everyone else what a spectacular place it is. :)

Romania. The land of Count Dracula, Hagi and Ilie Nastase, George Enescu and Nadia Comaneci, Constantin Brancusi and Hertha Muller. 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. :yes:

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...

Bodi Lake

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/3517/bodi.jpg (http://img690.imageshack.us/i/bodi.jpg/)

Calimani Plateau

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/6001/calimani.jpg (http://img823.imageshack.us/i/calimani.jpg/)

Corcoaiei Gorges

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/25/corcoaiei.jpg (http://img810.imageshack.us/i/corcoaiei.jpg/)

Peles Castle - built by King Carol I

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/7496/peles.jpg (http://img846.imageshack.us/i/peles.jpg/)

Dawn at Costinesti, Black Sea

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/4381/costinesti.jpg (http://img263.imageshack.us/i/costinesti.jpg/)

Postavaru Plateau, 1600m

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/5021/varfulpostavaru.jpg (http://img709.imageshack.us/i/varfulpostavaru.jpg/)


Brasov - The Black Church, centered

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/8725/brasov.jpg (http://img690.imageshack.us/i/brasov.jpg/)


Curtea de Arges Cathedral

http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/4840/curteadearges.jpg (http://img857.imageshack.us/i/curteadearges.jpg/)

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

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/3006/brank.jpg (http://img263.imageshack.us/i/brank.jpg/)

Sucevita Monastery

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/7503/putna.jpg (http://img263.imageshack.us/i/putna.jpg/)


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

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/3600/800pxviscribisericafort.jpg (http://img339.imageshack.us/i/800pxviscribisericafort.jpg/)


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

http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/8193/18031018448916492523614.jpg (http://img845.imageshack.us/i/18031018448916492523614.jpg/)


Romanian Atheneum, inside

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/633/18061519020459102036014.jpg (http://img692.imageshack.us/i/18061519020459102036014.jpg/)


Traditional Romanian wooden gate

http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/7416/16306717518859918862614.jpg (http://img855.imageshack.us/i/16306717518859918862614.jpg/)

Snow covered forest

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/2060/16473417626495574765714.jpg (http://img101.imageshack.us/i/16473417626495574765714.jpg/)

Narrow street in Sighisoara

http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/818/16745217499334587481814.jpg (http://img851.imageshack.us/i/16745217499334587481814.jpg/)


All credits go to their respective photographers. :)

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. :)

Captain Scarf
05-03-2011, 07:10 PM
It does look rather pretty. I have two essential questions about any country I might go to:

1) Can you drink the water?
2) Can you trust the police?

Eddyz Aquila
05-03-2011, 07:14 PM
It does look rather pretty. I have two essential questions about any country I might go to:

1) Can you drink the water?
2) Can you trust the police?

In all major and minor cities drinking water is safe. Only desolate communes and secluded villages have problems with drinking water, and even those are very few.

The police, especially in major cities, can be trusted. In Bucharest, the capital, it's particularly stringent because they want to obey the rules to the book and lately it's picking up in other cities as well, so the infamous Eastern European corruption is starting to dwindle considerably.

Bmwhtly
05-03-2011, 09:33 PM
1) Can you drink the water?Yup.

And, unless I've been drastically misinformed, the Gurls are beautiful and the beer is cheap.

Eddyz Aquila
05-03-2011, 11:38 PM
Yup.

And, unless I've been drastically misinformed, the Gurls are beautiful and the beer is cheap.

Indeed. :D

By all means, if anyone is interested, don't hesitate to post in the thread, I'll gladly answer your questions. :)

BeatrixKiddo
05-04-2011, 01:07 AM
Wow, dig that cathedral. Very cool pics.

Eddyz Aquila
05-04-2011, 01:33 AM
Here's a couple of images of Little Paris - Bucharest. :)

Bucharest in 1837

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/7278/bucurestipunte1837.jpg (http://img40.imageshack.us/i/bucurestipunte1837.jpg/)

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

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/6940/palatulparlamentului.jpg (http://img846.imageshack.us/i/palatulparlamentului.jpg/)

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Romanian Atheneum

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/9521/800pxateneulromanb.jpg (http://img135.imageshack.us/i/800pxateneulromanb.jpg/)

Triumphal Arch

http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/4853/32117101522139897952101.jpg (http://img546.imageshack.us/i/32117101522139897952101.jpg/)

CEC Palace

http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/145/cec.jpg (http://img854.imageshack.us/i/cec.jpg/)

Eddyz Aquila
05-06-2011, 02:56 AM
Wooden Church from Maramures, Northern Romania.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_fos_iOuowR0/TSc-aa8h1CE/AAAAAAAAE5k/98oZLEPZbnE/TaraLapusuluiManastirileRohiaSiRohita.jpg

:)

Eddyz Aquila
05-07-2011, 04:41 PM
More pictures. :)

Culture Palace, Iasi

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1214/palatuldecultura.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/812/palatuldecultura.jpg/)

Lake Bicaz

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/4357/bicaz.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/714/bicaz.jpg/)

Bicaz Gorges

http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/247/cheilebicazului.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/198/cheilebicazului.jpg/)

Slanic Moldova

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/1717/slanicmoldova.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/slanicmoldova.jpg/)

BunnyMaz
05-07-2011, 07:31 PM
Your country is beautiful! I have nothing useful to add, sorry.