Some photos from my stay in the Carpathian Mountain area of Romania in May, 2006. I have avoided photographing people, sometimes out of specific request, and out of courtesy. Following these are some photos taken in the city of Bucharest.
of the trail looked like this. There was a stream along the trail with
many smaller streams feeding it.
was the view back to the east from the ridge after two hours of hiking.
The lake in the background was another hike a day later.
Livestock, particularly horses and cows, were quite common
along the roads, grazing in the ditches and yards. Also chickens and ducks.
very common were horse-pulled carts like this one. From what I observed,
horses are the most common way of plowing and cultivating farm lands.
was taken on a short hike up the hill behind Crustiu. It is looking east
and down the valley.
was taken from the same point as the previous photo, only looking west
toward the mountains. It was about 10 a.m.
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My home for four days in Bucharest. The Ibis Nord hotel. Very nice. Food was outstanding.
I could have stayed across the street at this hotel. Hmmm....
This was the train station that I used for my trip to the mountains. It has a McDonalds inside.
Across the street from the Gara De Nord (train station) was this park. There are a lot of parks in Bucharest. They are a welcome relief from the congestion.
There was lots of interesting architecture in the most unlikely places.
This avenue is Nicolae Titulescu taken from Piata Victoriei. Lots of electric lines.
This is one side of the Piata Victoriei. Eight major avenues converge here.
There seems to be no parking restrictions and not enough spots. Parking on the sidewalks is common -- as well as double parking.
Don't pack too much if you have a car like this. But it is easy to park.
I didn't expect to find street markets like this one in the middle of Bucharest. Lots of flowers were for sale in may locations -- not just in street markets.
And thus ends this brief sample of my trip to Romania. Definitely a cultural experience that really requires one to speak the language to fully appreciate -- which is true of any culture. But don't let language barriers stop you from exploring. It is a humbling but enriching experience.