Category Archives: Destinations
June 29, 2016Posted by on
Yes, that Transylvania.
More details here: http://www.transylvaniabeyond.com/
August 15, 2015Posted by on
December 20, 2014Posted by on
Kind of odd categorization, but the article does state that it’s actually a region, recommending seeing some of its medieval cities, castles, landscapes to visit in winter:
March 6, 2014Posted by on
“Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of “Little Paris”), Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means “joy.” His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.”
The likealocalguide.com section on Bucharest has some pretty cool tips, if you’re planning a visit:
Thanks to the contributors!
July 25, 2013Posted by on
“I’m looking at a map of Europe and trying to work out if there are any European capital cities where you can reach the sea or a high mountain range within a couple of hours. I assume you can do this in Lisbon, Rome, and Athens but I’m not sure. I know you can do it in Bucharest – for the last few weekends I’ve been testing it out – and this is one of the reasons I love the city. Romanians often say they are blessed by geography but cursed by their politicians, and it’s a wonderful thing to be able to escape the unbearable summer heat by basking in the sea or enjoying the cool air of the mountains.”
Rupert Wolfe Murray puts a different spin on the place, here.
July 24, 2013Posted by on
While we have admitted that Bucharest is not as gorgeous as Budapest, it doesn’t mean it’s not an intriguing place worth checking out. Be it for the crazy architectural mix, underground art movements, booming clubbing scene or simply immersion in a postmodern city.
“Romania is the world’s most postmodern nation: it is still a generative arena of word-combat that runs through its rhetorically-cursed history to bloom into our posthistory where it is possible to be finally seen, like a lush tree appearing suddenly in front of your car doing 200 mph on the highway of modernity.”
Andrei Codrescu: The posthuman dada guide. Tzara and Lenin play chess, Princeton University Press, 2009, page 125.
That’s what the Virus crew from the Swiss Television must have thought as well, doing an episode on Bucharest as part of their Balkan travel to rather unknown places.
Here’s one for our German and Swiss German speaking friends:
July 23, 2013Posted by on
“I love you Budapest!”
Obviously, if you’ve visited the Hungarian capital it’s hard not to fall for its charming bridges over the Danube, the Parliament building or the Buda hill. But do you really have to shout it out if you’re a rock star giving a concert in Bucharest?
What, did you notice any difference in spelling? Neither have a long string of more or less famous characters over the last 20-odd years (might have happened before as well, but little we knew behind the Iron Curtain).
People in Bucharest have been somewhat offended for their whereabouts being ignored in their faces; people in Budapest have probably been somewhat offended by being confounded with a less gorgeous city 500 miles away, with a smaller river and a larger parliament. Here’s an attempt to set things straight for future generations of rock stars, diplomats and soccer fans:
Read more about the ad campaign here.
April 1, 2012Posted by on
“Pushing through a damp, flower-decked meadow on the hilltop, we reach the edge of a narrow valley filled with giant bog rhubarb. Before he plunges down into it Nelu, the hunter, turns to me with a grin: “In this vegetation, the bears can just pop up – right in front of you!”
I am wishing that I had changed out of my cycling gear. These shoes have no grip and the shorts are much too tight for escape manoeuvres.
How did this happen, I ask myself, as I follow Nelu into the tall, spiky vegetation. Only an hour ago I was on a cycle tour in the Romanian mountains – now, fired up with plum brandy, I’m chasing bears through a landscape that could only be dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm: steep-sided hills covered in flowers, deep gorges and dark brooding forests.”
Thanks V. for the reference!
June 22, 2011Posted by on
Appropriate title. Trailer looks promising. Looking forward to the movie:
March 24, 2011Posted by on