We visited the largest country in Southeastern Europe, Romania, and came home fully fresh. Was it about Carpathian Mountains and fresh air, or was it about hiking through Dracula’s castle? I don’t know, but everybody said we all look fully rested.
A few words about
Capital: Bucharest; Language: Romanian (similar to Italian); Currency: Leu/Lei; Head of State: President of the Republic; Democratic country; Member of: EU and NATO.
I must admit Romanian people are very weird. While they are very polite (maybe even too much), it seems like they don’t want money. They don’t accept EURO which was a big problem for us (because we were traveling back on weekend when exchange office was closed).
They do have a certain style. There are still houses built back in Romanian Renaissance, with all those gentle colors lying there artistically. But also, a beautiful Moldavian style with sharp roofs and many colors that fit perfectly into one another.
Fashion in Romania is what I do not fancy at all. It sure is unique, but not everywhere. While we were traveling through villages we saw women with old-fashioned scarves on their heads and men with Russian caps (or other caps that were like very traditional and old-fashioned caps for dwarves in dark colors). But in big cities like Bucharest, Timisoara, Craiova, Pioiesti – people were fashionable. But without much taste. White sweaters with black flowers on men, and yellow coats with trousers on women. Of course I know they have people that are dressed classy and nice, but I think that is not the main picture. I do like Sanda Beu (here’s the link), that’s an awesome Romanian fashion designer!
Their tradition is beyond beautiful. Christmas si so much about selling handmade gifts and spending time with family. Easter is probably the most important. They pay attention about their eggs so much (always carefully painted in their colors: yellow, red, and blue). Sometimes during holiday, they wear their folk costumes and dance. March 1st is Martisor day. On that day, people give each other amulets with names written on them to show appreciation for each other.
No such thing as historical place! I love to imagine myself traveling through time and I often make myself believe I am feeling a certain moment or century by only knowing a few facts. Like when I was in Venice on St. Mark’s Square, looking at it’s three sides (and you couldn’t say which could win the beauty award), I really felt the magic of those streets centuries ago.
Romania is full of them. Bucharest and it’s unknown soldier’s tomb, Alba Iulia Fortress, The Marasesti Mausoleum, and of course, castles. Many castles! And we were interested into that one settled in Transylvania. Bran Castle (Castelul Bran), or castle where Vlad Tepes (great Imperior) lived, or Dracula’s Castle. My husband’s and mine childhood wishes went live, and we managed to do that with a toddler!
Traveling with a toddler
Even though we were very scared to travel Carpathian Mountains with the little one, we decided it would be perfect to introduce him to a great legend Dracul was. By the way, he enjoyed the view of those mountains the most! He was just sitting in his car sit, listening to his favorite David Bowie CD (here’s the link to a post about that) and looking through window. We were planning this trip years ago, when we were only dating. But somehow, we never made it to Transylvania. And little one visited the Castle itself this young!
Tips for traveling with a toddler
Pack everything two days before (and always write down exactly what you packed, so that you can add something you remembered missing). Here is another link with complete list of things I am packing for my child.
Of course, keep in mind the list had to be adapted to winter weather and that it includes jacket, boots, scarf etc.
Use the child’s nap time because you sure want to protect him from boredom. If you can, you should travel during night.
Make pauses and let the child run somewhere safe so he can stretch and clear his mind.
Visit a doctor and make sure it is OK to travel abroad at that time.
Use a hotel that is kid-friendly.
And really, don’t travel too much! Because children tend to feel homesick, where is safe and sound for them (and surrounded by toys). The main reason we visited Transylvania only is that.
I am going to write a new post about Transylvania, Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula), and of course, THE CASTLE.