Podu’ cu Lanțuri – Live Your Unique Experience

Sometimes it feels boring stopping at contemporary hotels where you just want to reach your room, lay in your bed and fall asleep. Sometimes you want your road break to be as interesting as possible.

“Podu cu Lanturi” (Chain Bridge) Hotel will satisfy your expectations and you will surely want to come back again. It is situated in Bacau, on the way to Piatra Neamt and it is a medieval inn which will surprise even with the smallest details. If you like gothic style, you are exactly where you have to be, because the hotel is built according to this style, you can even find a fresco that contains images from the Middle Ages. It is painted by Horia Ghelu.

More than that, the restaurant and the menu are absolutely extraordinary! Imagine yourself trying dishes which where served more than 500 years ago! Imagine yourself enjoying a lunch or a dinner and eating chervil borsch and baked ram. Who has the courage to refuse such a lunch?

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Talk to Me About Peterhof, Please

I was walking on that large street, called Pravlenskaya Street, in Peterhof, a town in Russia, wondering if I would ever get tired of that city. I had been living there for almost 5 years at that moment and I, literally, loved every single inch of it. With my headphones on my head, listening to my favourite Tsoi’s song „Gruppa Krovi” („Blood Type”), I stopped on that street looking around and realizing how much I wanted the time to stop. I was just ignoring the fact that in some weeks I would be far away from my beloved city. I had no idea how I would fill the emptiness in my heart, so I decided to continue walking, trying to keep intacly in my memory images of every corner of every street, of every building and of every bench on which I had ever sat on.

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Spirituality by the Lake – Ohrid

We are often used to look at cities from the bottom up. Often, places seen from above are simply taking your breath away. If we were to look at Ohrid, a city by the eponym lake in Macedonia, we would be amazed by how many church towers are arising among the ordinary buildings – 365 of them to be precise, one for every day of the year. But Ohrid is not only about spirituality, it is also about time that sits still, about taking a breath and enjoying life the primary way. Continue reading “Spirituality by the Lake – Ohrid”

Melk Abbey – the Kingdom of Christianity

A spiritual place which binds the past with the present on an axe of more than one thousand years, lies today under the sun of Austria, where the European monastic Christianity embodies an earthly kingdom. Melk Abbey, which is a Benedictine abbey, watches over the town of Melk from a rocky outcrop overlooking the Wachau Valley of the Danube river. Dating from 1089, the abbey was at first the residence of Leopold I, until 113 years later, his descendent, Leopold II, also Margrave of Austria, gave the castle to Benedictine monks from Lambach. Ever since, the monks have lived and worked here without interruption, thus Melk Abbey being one of the very few places which has continuously performed its function. A peculiarity that increases the value of this place is the double role it had in time, history registering it as both a secular and a theological site.

 

Melk Abbey, Austria
Melk Abbey, Austria

 

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A New Astronomical Chapter in Bacău

November 30, 1976, is a remarkable date for the city of Bacovia. The old house of Criste Cristoveanu has become over the years one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city of Bacău. The string of years has continued to surprise through considerable achievements, such as the one in 1978, when the operating space that had facilitated the construction of a unique tower in Moldova was obtained. One year later, the observatory was hosted in “The water tower” located on Trotuş Street, number 10. Then, in 1980, the activity of the observatory was encouraged through the purchasing of a planetarium and of two telescopes of 63/80 mm, from Germany.

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The old “Victor Anestin” Astronomical Observatory on Bacău. Source: www.bacauinfo.ro

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The Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi

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The Metropolitan Cathedral. Source: www.crestinortodox.ro

A friendly handshake and a large smile set the tone for a new adventure, breaking the cloudy weather and the rainy mood with the positive vibration of optimism. I have O. by my side, a genuine tourist and a charming French woman with an overflowing refinement, in front of who any gloomy hint on my face dodges, clearly affected by the early waking in the morning, in combination with the gray tones of the  weather. It was not the first city break in Iasi, but this time it was fair to call it my first “séjour en ville”. I started walking with shriveled steps, and with my hands clutching the umbrella, alongside cheerful O. She seemed to carry a bit of the French sun. Her attitude reminded me of a famous slogan: “London. Rain. Strong wind. Hairstyle lasts.”Only that in this context, what was lasting was the enthusiasm in our historical Iasi.

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The Palace of Culture from Iași

Palatul Culturii din IasiThe Palace of Culture from Iași represents the expression of romanticism inspired from the official architecture, being built between 1906-1925, in neo-Gothic style, it was officially inaugurated in 1926, by the second King of Modern Romania, Ferdinand of Hohenzollern.

This palace is perceived as being the most important creation of I. D. Berindei, a Romanian architect, educated at the Parisian school.

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Neamt Citadel  – a Moldavian treasure, a symbol of national identity

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The holiday atmosphere, the sand fragrance and the desire of feeling the sea- all these brought home from Bulgaria. But here we arrived again, engaged in an office chair, continuously struggling to grip our minds full of fleeting thoughts and make it stand motionless in front of the computer. The little imp… it would not stand still, moreover it would bring grief to the heart reminding it of what has been left behind. It passes like this a day, two days… Friday is still to come and also the long-expected weekend. And what is there to see!? The weekend had been missing us too, so it thought of canceling the last of the working days, so as to let the mind go for a walk, the same as you would take out the dog on a leash, for a walk around the house. Luckily, at just a stone’s throw, a magnificent fortress lies…

Back in the days when, for me, even the opposite end of town seemed a distant place, I had to go on a trip along with my perky classmates in Northern Moldavia. At that time I perceived my being away from home even in terms of feelings ; not only the fact that  I had to leave the street on which I was living, but also the fact that I was going to visit a place… up high. A citadel discovered in Romanian language and Romanian history textbooks, a legendary place sealed between the pages of a book. I was little, and the ruins big and I was wandering about, driven by curiosity. This was the picture of the famous fortress of Neamt, which was unfolding before our eyes a few years ago. Built in the late XIVth century in Moldavia, this fortress belonged to the system of fortifications which was meant to defend the country against the Ottomans. Having high stone walls, deep trenches, narrow windows, the citadel was visibly designed for defense.

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Melk Abbey – the Kingdom of Christianity

A spiritual place which binds the past with the present on an axe of more than one thousand years, lies today under the sun of Austria, where the European monastic Christianity embodies an earthly kingdom. Melk Abbey, which is a Benedictine abbey, watches over the town of Melk from a rocky outcrop overlooking the Wachau Valley of the Danube river. Dating from 1089, the abbey was at first the residence of Leopold I, until 113 years later, his descendent, Leopold II, also Margrave of Austria, gave the castle to Benedictine monks from Lambach. Ever since, the monks have lived and worked here without interruption, thus Melk Abbey being one of the very few places which has continuously performed its function. A peculiarity that increases the value of this place is the double role it had in time, history registering it as both a secular and a theological site.

Melk Abbey, Austria
Melk Abbey, Austria

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The Rarău – Giumalău Mountains

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General Presentation

The Rarău-Giumalău Mountains represent a massif situated in the North of the Oriental Carpathians, between the Moldova and Bistriţa Valleys, and they pertain to the Bucovina Mountains. They are formed of crystalline schists and Mesozoic limestones. Their maximum height is of 1653 meters, and it is reached by the peak of The Rarău Mountain. The massif covers alpine grasslands, and here can be found the stones called “Pietrele Doamnei”, which are a natural monument.

The Giumalău Massif is situated west from the Giumalău and Chiril Spring. Its peak, situated in the central part, measures a height of 1857 meters. From here start interfluves which from plain bridges at 1000 – 1200 m and 1350 – 1450 m, ending towards the Bistriţa and Putna Slopes.

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