Category Archives: Destinations

Move to Transylvania

Yes, that Transylvania.

More details here:

Bran Castle

Middle Earth vs. Romania

Transylvania among top 10 best… cities

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:

Dec 30, 2011 - Sighisoara, Romania

Bucharest, like a local

likealocal“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 section on Bucharest has some pretty cool tips, if you’re planning a visit:

Thanks to the contributors!

Loving Bucharest… for the options to escape it

“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.



Virus in Bucharest

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:

06 Bucharest

Bucharest and Budapest

“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.


Cycling in the Carpathian Mountains

“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.”

Kevin Rushby is the Guardian’s “Grumpy Green columnist” and has very recently cycled through Romania’s remote mountains. Read his full story here:

Thanks V. for the reference!


Appropriate title. Trailer looks promising. Looking forward to the movie:

The Art of Flight

Canada, Patagonia, Alaska, Romania, Wyoming, Austria.

A select group for Romania to be part of as a destination for the Art of Flight 2011. Click on the picture below to watch the trailer: