Transylvanian summer 2009

The medieval festival in Sighisoara 2009 will remain in history as the “sus mainile” event. Participants will know what I’m talking about. The narrow streets of cobbled stone (and other improvised pavement types) were host to a diverse group of friends which resulted in an extraordinarily fun melting pot of personalities, moods and cultures, united…

Liguria

The third and last part of the long-week-end-in-Southern-France trip was in Italy. The coast from Menton to Genova is in the Liguria region. After visiting Menton at the French border, I crossed to Italy and stopped in San Remo. Wasn’t too impressed till I found a passage to the heart of the old town, right…

Cote d’Azur

After doing Route Napoleon in 1 day, the second day was reserved for Cote d’Azur. Started out in Cannes, where I decided spontaneously that it would be the place to spend several hours, to “take it all in”. Continued to Antibes with its fortress on the sea shore, Nice, which is nice, then Eze, a…

Route Napoléon

A recent trip to Southern France consisted of 3 main parts. The first was Route Napoléon, the route which he used when coming back from the island of Elba to reclaim the throne. He chose to avoid the regalist Rhon valley and went for the mountains, from Cannes to Grenoble. I did it the other…

Small in Japan

The highlight of this year has been the trip to Japan. 9 days, intense, Japanese-tourist-style ;). Below is a slideshow of selected (269) pictures. For the story that goes with them, you’d have to check the Romanian blog, here. I won’t take the time to translate them, it’s too much, took me a year to…

Skiing season 2008/9

In the attempt to get things here up-to-date, here’s a quick look at the winter season 2008/9. Nothing much happened, except work and skiing week-ends. I re-visited some places I’d been before, and tried out some new ones. In short chronological order: I ended 2008 with a trip to Zermatt, to see the Matterhorn, a…

Call of Romania (7): Bucharest

I spent only one day in Bucharest, so there was not much time for pictures. But, since I passed the Athenaeum anyway, couldn’t help taking a piktcha. Or 2. By the way, a story I heard from a friend – on holidays in Switzerland, they stayed at Hotel Ibis. They had pictures on the walls…

Call of Romania (6): Pro Etnica

August 2008 The “Pro Etnica” festival I stumbled upon in Sighişoara is a fine thing. Most minorities in Romania send artists who perform on a scene in the main square of the medieval citadel, songs, dances and what not. The crowd is not as big and crazy like at the medieval festival, creating a very…

Call of Romania (5): Braşov, the Romanian Krakow

August 2008 Constrasting with the crowded capital, always in a hurry and pointedly materialistic, a oasis of beauty and color, with historic and spiritual focus, but without losing the atmosphere and energy of an “important city” – that is Krakow for Poland, and that is Braşov for România. I’m pleasantly impressed by Braşov (read: Brashov,…

Call of Romania (4): Luduş

July 2008 A small city lost in the Transylvanian hills, on the road from Târgu Mureş to Turda-Cluj, Luduş is completely off the touristic track. Even for Romanians – as for foreigners, I don’t know if you need more than two hands to count foreign tourists who’ve evere been there. But for those related in…

Call of Romania (3): Turda

I had very few images about Turda in my head. Knew that it has some chemical industry, a football team that won once the Romanian cup while playing in 2nd league, that it was an old roman city, and – that was about it. My cousin told me about the thermal baths, and then I…

Call of Romania (2): Târgu Mureş

July 2008 Unlike Sighişoara, Târgu Mureş doesn’t have, at least in my books, too much of a “touristic” conotation. Top of mind I know only about the medicine univesity, and picture many blocks of flats. That is, till yesterday. You can’t cover much in any city during a one-hour stay. Still, I think we covered…

Call of Romania (1): Sighişoara

The mini-series on Romania was born out of the question that bugged me during the Northern trip: “how does all this compare to what we have at home?” In short, if you look at size, architecture, importance in European history, it doesn’t. We don’t have anything like the urban architecture of the city of Tallinn,…

Call of the North (31): Logistix, and the end

For those interested, some logistic details of the northern trip, never know when they can be useful. Accomodation I stayed in hostels, with 2 exceptions, when I reserved lastminute and didnt find any beds in hostels. Most reservations were made through hostelworld.com, one through booking.com and one through hotels.com. I recommend reserving beforehand. If not…

Call of the North (30): The long way home

8/9 august Maybe it’s better that I missed the train. It would have been an 18 hours ride, no sleeping wagon. Would have gone mad. Nevertheless, at the moment I was very frustrated. Had thought the train is at 22:54, but it was 22:45. I checked on the way to the train station, at  22:44.…

Call of the North (29): Auschwitz

7 august I had thought of various titles for this post, but after being there I felt there is no room for any metaphor, or any subtlety. Yes, we all know the story. Nazis killed ~6 million Jews and other nationalities in concentration camps during world war 2. Problem is, we cannot think in numbers.…

Call of the North (27): The Warsaw Pact

Aug 5, 2008 Scandinavia is no adventure. Not even the Baltix are an adventure. Arriving at 6am, after a torturing night in the bus, to an unknown place, suburb-looking, where almost everything is closed, nobody speaks any language you might understand, the local language has nothing to do with anything that might sound familiar, you…