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Romania, my beautiful country

by Karla Andrea 4 days ago in list
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Romania, my beautiful country
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Today I will address a different topic than what I have posted so far.

It's about the country they come from. Maybe some of you have heard of Romania, maybe others have not.

Let me convince you that it is a beautiful country that must be visited once in a lifetime.

  1. Viscri, Brașov County

You can go to Viscri a million times in this life, it will never cease to amaze you. You still won't be surprised, and no matter how many times you go there, you still can't believe that there can be so much peace in a crowded place (only about 500, that's right). You arrive in Viscri after an unpaved road of about 20 minutes by car, where you will not be able to take your eyes off the window and kill it, throwing it at the phone display. No chance! If the sunset catches you here, you will see a few flocks of cows slowly returning home, but stopping at the village fountain to quench their thirst.

And you won't believe that it's not a Creanga story, but that it's your vacation. You will be surprised by involuntarily shaking hands with the locals who are sitting on the bench in front of the house, who look at you curiously and greet you. And we would be amazed to be able to refrain from exchanging two words with them. You will not be surprised at the fact that Prince Charles fell head over heels in love with this Saxon settlement, that he bought a property here and that he did not stop praising this Transylvanian village.

But how did this place preserved in medieval times manage to preserve its pure authenticity despite the cruelty of time? Through a so-called "social contract", each local promised to preserve the identity of the village and not to make any changes to the environment, housing or roads in the absence of general approval.

Don't make the mistake of spending only an hour or two in Viscri, listening to his silence and then taking your shoes off. Don't even think about it! Spend a few nights there, sleep in the houses of the locals, taste the traditional food and talk to the locals. These are all experiences you will be grateful for.

2. Delta Dunarii

Whether you have reached the delta or not, the image of pelicans living without hindrance and water lilies floating proudly on the expanse of water will surely pamper your imagination. A few hours' walk in the cradle of the waves on the arms of the Danube is the drop of water that touches the sand of the desert, a city soul, too often exhausted by the spiritual deprivations imposed by a suffocating city. If you think that the 5-hour route on the canals of the great river is too long, we promise you that at the end of it you will have wanted to end only once with the holiday. Don't be surprised if you wake up wondering how that wild universe and office buildings can belong to the same world.

Do you think that after an hour of yoga and Buddhist meditation you are more free from tension and more spiritually charged? We challenge you then to tell us how your soul feels after a boat trip in the heart of the Danube Delta. And if on the way back from the lake walk you will be soaked in dishes specific to the Lipovan cuisine or if someone with fresh fish picked from the Danube and cooked on a bed of vegetables will perish under your nose, do not resist. The cooking of the Lipovans is as unique and authentic as the place where they were born.

3. Transfagarasan

The impressive curves of the Transfăgărășean, the ideal of any driver, took the news of this winder away from the Romanian borders. Perhaps due to his courage to face without fear the high mountains of Făgăraș and to unite Muntenia with Transylvania. It is a wild road, despite the conquest by man, where the steep mountainous shape blends harmoniously with the road, and the valley offers landscapes to stay in the soul. The mountain runs down the valley, but you can stop serenely on the side of the road to admire the fullness. And the sweet mountain air.

4.The Merry Cemetery from Săpânța, Maramureș County

When was the last time you came out of a cemetery smiling? (… Without considering that you suffer from neurological abnormalities that place you alongside serial killers.) If visiting a cemetery has never given you a good mood, it is worth getting to the northern border with Ukraine, in the village that learned to defy death and look upon it with the joy of a rustic man.

The place is a true manifestation of art, an image completely opposite to the gloomy landscape you expect when you enter a cemetery. It is sprinkled with tombstones painted in cheerful colors that contain illustrative scenes from the lives of the deceased.

The deceased are caricatured according to the profession they had (woodcutter, farmer, shoemaker, etc.), the activity to which they dedicated most of their time (kneading bread, weaving) or depending on the scene of death. Under each sculpture you will find an epitaph composed with skill (and irony), a few verses that tell the story of the death of the one who rests there and, often, a funny illustration of his vices during his life.

5. Peles Castle, Prahova County

Maybe you know this castle from the famous viral movie on Netflix `` A Christmas Prince``.

The symbol of Romanian royalty and we also know that you definitely visited it on a class trip or in an organized group at the college. But if at least 3 years have passed since you last saw him, you need to refresh your memories, especially since you can visit him 50 times and you will still be impressed by the opulence of each of the 160 rooms.

You can't help but be overwhelmed by the way in which absolutely all the details (from every corner of the furniture to the golden threads of the fabrics) are designed under the tutelage of the most meticulous artistic mastery. Words are superfluous in the face of such a royal treasure.

This is my country, beautiful, full of amazing places, mountains and sea!!

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Karla Andrea

I like to write poems when I'm sad.

I'm shy when it comes to my writing.

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  • C. H. Richard3 days ago

    Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful country. I especially like your descriptions of Vicri which looks so peaceful.

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