Sep 26

CROATIA FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

Where should you go if you want your children to feel good and enjoy the holiday?
It is still summer and sunshine, so what could be more delightful for a child than a wading into the sea? Rab Island has a beach that is ideal for families with children. “Paradise Beach” is located in the resort of Saint Marino, near Lopar. After all the info about the rocky beaches in Croatia, you will be surprised to discover an enormous stretch covered by the finest sand, clear warm water and low depth for a great distance from the shore and a lot of temptations: expensive boats, slides, aqua park (located right by the sea), trampolines, water games. Saint Marino Camping is huge and yet, in late August, it is still full.

the prices vary depending on where you choose to settle your “headquarters”, the most expensive being near the beach, where you can adjust your camp right on the sand, while remaining pleasantly in the shade of pine trees and each plot has its own sink. There are generally good conditions, you will find shade under the old trees, shops, restaurants, ice cream, cars, and everything that can make a child happy. The minuses can be deduced from what we have stated above: for adults, the shallow water can make you bored with walking till you manage to reach a depth where you can swim, and the various temptations can make your child happy or unhappy, depending on your budget and how each parent decides what their offspring will do for fun. For example, one single slide costs 4 kuna, while 5 minutes of trampolining cost 20 kuna. If you go there, come prepared with tools for building the most beautiful sand castles.

The rocky beaches with pebbles are not neglected either. If we as adults we have preferred deeper water clarity and color and surreal blue water, a child will always find pleasure in playing with stones rounded by water, or different colors and compositions. If you’re sitting on the beaches so be prepared to go home a part of landfill and gravel stones beware of frogs.

By the sea, the Plitvice National Park with its beautiful turquoise lakes and waterfalls are also worth a visit. Many spectacular cascades, and emerald lakes, fish that crowd curious to the shore, and caves can all be reason enough for delight to a child. The landscape is unique and reflects the way the 16 lakes have formed. From the main entrance you can choose several paths, depending on the time available and your desire to walk.

Wooden footbridges that fit naturally into the landscape will take you over the lakes and close to the spectacular waterfalls and you almost sense that you have been touched by divine grace and that you can walk on water. Nature is respected everywhere, directional signs are in turn made of wood and on the route there are only restaurants at the entrance. So take with you sandwiches and water, but pick up the trash! However, if you are too tired to walk back, there are buses that can transport visitors to the outputs.

So Croatia is a perfect place to go with the entire family!

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Sep 26

ROADEŞ, A BEAUTIFUL TRANSYLVANIAN VILLAGE AND ITS WARN PEOPLE (ROADEŞ)

The village known as Roadeş is located in the heart of Romania, on the road between Brasov and Sibiu. The area was named by locals Haferland / Oats Country, because the Saxon community located in this area was growing and preparing very good oat, which grew well in the hilly area with a changing climate. Moreover, Haferland Week is an event dedicated to all of the Saxons, who want to revive the touristic area. The Saxon Festival started in 2013 and has been taking place every year ever since. If you want to come to Romania, see the beautiful areas of Transylvania, why not also attend the Saxon community meeting that takes place every August in the first week and will display many events in various villages in the area, such as arts and crafts, organ concerts, dance festival and gastronomic events. Visit the sights and go cycling on the tracks made specifically for bikes.

In Roadeş you will get acquainted with the arrangements made by Tabaluga Foundation – their incredible projects, as if coming from another world, a normal world in which we want to live together. It consist in a landscaped area for accommodation with very nice rooms and well-appointed breakfast area / coffee / storytelling and many other pleasant activities. And these activities are reserved for big children and small children alike: children’s farm , holiday center and so on.

In the area there is also another interesting sight: the fortified church of Roadeş, where you can learn more about the customs of the locals and the way their society has been living throughout the centuries. It’s worth a walk through the village, getting in touch with the real Romania, its people and the rural areas, not just what you see in the city every day. Altogether, it is worth visiting in all respects. What is a bit more difficult is that in Roadeş you cannot have lunch or dinner, you need to find accommodation in other places that offer it, so it would be a good “excuse” to go to Sighişoara, some 30 kilometers further. But the visit is worth any effort.

So, if you drop by in Roadeş, you can stay there, to participate in the local activities and eat at one of the pensions nearby, or take a break and go to Viscri or Sighisoara.

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Sep 26

SARMISEGETUZA REGIA – THE MOST ACCURATE CALENDAR OF ANCIENT EUROPE (SARMISEGETUZA REGIA)

If you have decided to make a journey throughout the ancient history of Romania, the first thing you must go is Costeşti, the near Hunedoara, some 43 kilometers far, a distance that is easily ported by car, and from there on foot to Sarmizegetusa – the most important Dacian fortress.

What you must know before you see it for yourselves is that, between around 100 B.C.  and 100 A.D., Sarmisegetusa was a true megalopolis. It stretched for dozens of hectares and was protected by a ring of fortresses located on the surrounding hills. It was built on a terraced hill by the mysterious Dacians, the same way the Inca tribes terraced their mountains, but only a thousand years later. The amount of stone brought to these hills in order to build those amazing walls and fortresses around is greater than the volume of stone in the pyramid of Cheops. The stone was brought from quarries at 50-60 kilometers, the most plausible version states that the stone was brought during wintertime with the help of the the sledges. Stone blocks weight from 200 kilograms to several tons each.

The Dacian treasures are legendary. After the wars against the Roman Empire that took place between 105 and 106 A.D., Emperor Trajan brought to Rome enormous quantities of gold (165 tons) and silver (331 tons). The figures vary, but there were public facilities for 123 days and Roman citizens were exempt from taxes for a year.

Most experts say that the Romans did not find the greatest treasure of the Dacians, which luckily still remains buried in the area. It may be in Mount Godeanu, which guards Sarmisegetusa towards the north. The Solar Clock from the Altar – the best known and popularized in Sarmisegetusa – points directly towards north and Mount Godeanu. It is also possible that the treasure might have been moved. The excavations have continued in the area, but nothing of any formal research. The state is trying hard to stop the antique  “poachers” from continuing seeking out and selling various artifacts in the area. Recently, the staggering gold mold has been found by  historians and archeologists.

You can park your car next to the camping in Costeşti and start walking at a brisk pace towards Sarmizegetusa in the direction of the plate indicating 18 kilometers. These 18 kilometers can be driven in full drive, but if you insist going through this route without a car, admiring and enjoying the little surprises that this beautiful scenery has to offer – like birds, fruits and many other delights – the trip will be even more exciting.

Just followed the path of the car to the town nearby, although you can even get there by bike, because the road is easy, rather flat, with a single slope near the western gate of the town. Arriving at the destination you are going to be greeted by a map of this tourist attraction with some inspired additions made by other tourists.

The ruins are well maintained and well preserved, but the actual place is quite deserted in terms of tourism; no guide plates or informative point, of any other info place where you could find a flyer or information in addition to the above map, however there are numerous signs that warn you that “It is forbidden climbing on monuments”. As you’ve probably guessed, the entry is free and the trail traversing the city is at leisure. Make sure you have enough water supplies in your backpack, as an 18 kilometer walk will dry you out.

Limestone and andesite sanctuaries seems to serve and séances in addition to their primary role of historical monuments that represent one of the oldest and most accurate calendars and astronomic observatories of mankind.

If you linger among these sanctuaries trying to decipher the solar disk, you will enjoy a great feeling of serenity and calm, surrounded by the green forests and clean air, but remember to get back to your car just in time, as the path will take about four and a half hours.

If you are considering a day trip to a place so full of history, than this place is worth considering. And if you come along with your children, the little ones will enjoy this trip to the area to run and play and is very easily to keep an eye on them. And if you are passionate about collecting pebbles, or picking wild raspberries, blueberries and other such delights, you will certainly love this experience (sic)! 🙂

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Sep 23

GDANSK, A GOTHIC PORT WITH AN AWESOME NIGHTLIFE (GDANSK)

Gdansk is a seafront city in Gothic style, where almost everything is painted gray and adorned with gold. Once a fishing village, today is an important sea port town on the Baltic Sea, where there live nearly half a million inhabitants.

If you visit the city in mid-June, it is likely that the weather is beautiful, perfect to ride slowly along the quay. This area is probably the most enchanting in Gdansk, although the cobblestone streets of the city will find many traditional Polish restaurants, pubs, craft shops and many other attractions.
The view of the keys of the city is seized by the Vistula River delta, the longest in Poland. Tall grass and green delta is highlighted by the blue waters of the Gulf. Work never ends here, from huge ships that go and come, to vendors selling merchandise over the freshest possible. Cobblestone bridges that stretch over canals city and there is even a restaurant built on one of them, famous for its incredibly tasty seafood they serve.

You should not miss the amazing Cathedral of St. Mary. It claims to be the largest brick building of its kind in the world, I can sit on seats 25,000 people. Once here, you can climb over 400 steps to reach the top. The incursion is not for the faint of heart, as some winding stairs are really steep. The feeling is really strange when you’re glued between churches, where you can almost see many of the details of ornamentation. In exchange for a tiny fee, you can take and lift.

The church tower has a height of 76.6 meters and can be seen from anywhere in town. It has a flat roof, and legend has it that a giant named Stolen used to come into town and use it as a chair. Platform that serves as the observer creates a very intimate atmosphere and to get there, you have much time to wait until your turn. Fortunately, there are days when the church is invaded by visitors. Once on the church roof, the view of the entire city and coastline simply cut your breath.

Another church that is worth visiting is the Oliwa Cathedral, which is an enormous organ with ropes and 1110 over 7,800 tubes. Cathedral hosts also tombs and incredible artwork.

National Museum in Gdansk, located in Suburbia Old Gothic art exhibit works from the 15th century is one of the most famous painting “The Judgement” by Hans Memling, stole countless nations (Napoleon’s troops, the Nazis and Russians) and that the right to repossess the city Gdansk. The building where the museum is now was once a Franciscan monastery and hospital for treatment of fever. Unfortunately, explanations of art works are only in Polish.

Fountain of Neptune, which depict the Neptune with trident in front of Arthur’s Court (Dwor Artus), symbolizes great relationship with the city Gdansk. Another characteristic feature of the city is represented by the entrance gates in it; built as defensive fortifications against invaders coming from the sea. You should really go on what was once the Royal Route, used for processions state, which lies along Dluga Street (Long Street) beginning at Upland Gate, one of the entrances to the city.

Gdansk shipyards (Stocznia Gdansk) is located in the north-west of the Old City, an area of Gdansk, not very attractive. Construction sites known as Lenin during the Soviet era Gdansk shipyards were the birthplace of the Solidarity protest movement, the early 80s there has become dynamic and courageous leader of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, who later was elected Poland’s president in 1990.

Another final detail of Gdansk is where he started the Second World War. Westerplatte, a small Polish garrison entered history through the heroic resistance that has proven for 6 days against a prolonged bombardment.

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Sep 23

KOS – TURQUOISE WATERS AND ANCIENT HISTORY (ΚΩΣ)

The island of Kos is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, is the second most popular island after Rhodes and the third largest. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the founding father of medicine. Here you can visit the ruins of the ancient city and the castle. The view that unfolds in front of your eyes from the highest point of the old city is beyond magnificent.

Kos is only four kilometers away from the coast of Bodrum in Turkey, from where you can arrive by ferry. In summer (between May and October), there is a one way ferry ride departing towards Kos at 9 a.m. (the ticket costs 25 Euros per person for a single road), and a slow ferry ride for 50 Euros per person. You can reach the island by ferry from Kos within any other Greek islands. Travelling by ferry from Rhodes to Kos lasts between 2 and 8 hours and the ticket prices start from 30 Euros per person on the fast ferry, with special seats like those of an aircraft. The ferry from Santorini to Kos can make about 4 hours and 15 minutes and the ticket costs 28.50 euro per person for one trip at economic class.

There are flights from Athens to Kos. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour, and a ticket at the Aegean Airlines company starts from 126 Euros one way. In summer, there are direct flights from many European cities straight to Kos; for instance, TUIfly flies from Cologne, Basel, Hanover, Stuttgart, Bremen, Nuremberg, Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

The climate of Kos

Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild, which means that the island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in July and August is around 28ºC during the day and 22ºC at night. Summers are dry and rain is missing.

What to do in Kos

The main port, Kos, is the cultural and tourist center of the island. The whitewashed buildings are hotels, restaurants and several nightclubs; enough to ensure delightful spending a night on the town.

One of the attractions on the island is a fortress dating from the 14th century, located at the harbor entrance. History says that here is the birthplace of Hippocrates. In the center of it is there is an old plan-tree that is known as Hippocrates’ plane-tree Hippocrates. It is said that he used to teach the art of medicine under this tree. You can also visit the ruins of Asklepion, a temple dedicated to healing the sufferings.

The beaches of Kos

Kos is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dodecanese islands:

Psalidi – has numerous beach bars, is located only 3 kilometers from Kos.

Kardamena Beach – 30 kilometers west of the city of Kos, very popular among tourists and well organized.

Marmari Limnaria – 20 kilometers from the city of Kos, is designed for practicing windsurfing beach.

Tigaki – 11 kilometers from Kos, with crystal water and shallow.

Kamari – is 45 kilometers from Kos town, is surrounded by high rocky peaks; part of this beach is not landscaped and is quite isolated.

Mastichari Beach – situated 27 kilometers from the city of Kos, is an exotic beach with white sand and emerald water; here you can practice windsurfing.

Lambi – only 3 kilometers from the city of Kos, well organized; rents umbrellas and sun beds.

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Sep 23

WINE PRODUCTION PUTS ROMANIA IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF HIGH-CLASS TOURISM

Wine tourism has experienced a significant development in Romania, helped by investments made by wineries and the increasing demand from customers for this type of personalized travel-oriented experiences. The development potential is great, wine enthusiasts are attracted to pay visits to vineyards and wineries, to attend discussions with winemakers and, last but not least, the beautiful landscape that can be discovered in our country. Moreover, old mansions near vineyards that have been refurbished and converted into accommodation and their stories attract Romanian and foreign tourists.

Until about five years ago, wine lovers in Romania were forced to travel abroad to practice wine tourism, but lately they are now able to do this in this country on the highest level conditions. The geographical location of Romania, its scenery, diversity, history, and indigenous varieties are clear advantages for owners of wineries that can be used to attract Romanian and foreign tourists in local wine areas.

Cellars can be visited all year round, but the most attractive scenery is in the period between April and October. For a tourist, a weekend of wine tasting, meals and accommodation has to pay a fee of about 100 Euros, plus shipping costs.

Wine tourism, also known under the name oenoturism, represents organized tours to wineries, presenting the making process of wine, visits to vineyards, wine tastings and guided cellar accommodations in or nearby.

Romania is the sixth wine producer in the EU, according to wine production surveys. Romania ranks the 13th place in the world ranking among the largest wine producers, according to preliminary data recently published by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). In total, Romania has registered more than 250 wineries, but only 140 of them produce and sell bottled wine, and of these about a quarter can support wine tourism.

The number of wineries in Romania is growing steadily with 5-10 units per year. Romania currently occupies the fifth place in Europe in terms of area: over 200,000 hectares of vines cultivated in the European Union and sixth of output. Romanians have growth their potential and interest from the cellars and tourists so that this country could experience a development increasingly larger in terms of local wine tourism, non-existent until a few years ago.

To promote wine tourism in Romania, several bilingual projects and cellar databases – both in Romanian and English – have been developed and also events in the form of showrooms specialized in wines.
Such showrooms bring to the attention of wine lovers small and medium wineries in Romania, in order to make less exposed vineyards and the unique domestic varieties known and increase interest in the discovery of wine tourism.

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Sep 22

FAGARAS MOUNTAINS – A PLACE ONLY FOR PROFESSIONAL CLIMBERS (MULȚII FĂGĂRAȘ)

If you’ve been in the mountains before, but have never crossed any ridge sharp like those in Fagaras and Piatra Craiului (plates or alpine are small children, I say!), Forget everything you know about hiking trails and value your physical capabilities. Thus speak of a route from another league, the first where I felt I really need a physical condition to carry through the well and the only fact to date where might you try the feeling that, in fact, there’s nothing to search the mountain, you will not make any other route, even the Himalayas.

To better understand how you can reach these conclusions, well, there is no option for the return journey to be easier than the shower. Also during climbs and descends, climbs and descends again in direct sunlight and wind to the brink (all the time!), so you do not have a single moment of respite, the pace of change. So as to reach a ridge where you touch 2,345 m to a peak that is only 45 m higher (only that) to get there in two entire hours – pay attention!

And once you’ve seen what you’ve been in the shower, you think there’s no way as way back, underneath that entire ridge cursed be worse. You cheated! So once you have some 6 hours on his feet and you all look into the distance where passes trail, hoping that no, there it will go, find, after they fell again enormously to a clearing where you feel ants that fixed at the end, when you’re done, the darkest expectations are confirmed. To return back to civilization must climb exactly what you went down a block mountain that rises in front of you like a tsunami of rock above 100 m. Think about this picture and you will understand why I consider that to this route, in addition to physical fitness, basic equipment indispensable and good weather, you necessarily need a huge dose of will and especially an enviable fortitude. But I repeat, it is an absolutely brilliant route, but for which you should be too good motivation to want to resume and, above all, a serious training in mountaineering.

It starts at Balea Lake. There is a makeshift parking lot beside the Rescue Point and behind the stalls, so the other side of the beautiful glacial lake. Even there begins the trail marked with blue tape from the start, with no other foreplay, taking into chest-fire a beautiful slope.

The effort is sweetened by the sight that always opens to the whole cauldron of Bali and once we get a first saddle, you can see the road that comes from Balea Waterfall. The ascent continues, however, to the left, to the Paltin Saddle where another impressive panorama – the entire route that awaits you, with a few surprises, yet well hidden gaze. But you can get an idea of what you harnessed, only noting that to reach Lake Călţun must go no more, no less, 3 mountains! If you want to continue exploring until the second highest mountain in Romania, Negoiu, add another 2 hours and a mountain. And if you want to turn back, ideally the same day, rest assured that you can endure a distance of 10-12 hours and obviously you went on the road from dawn.

From that seat, start the first descent. Then go relatively easy and straight, reaching a sector of chains, and then have to face a first slope diabolical, almost vertical as you remove the tip Laitel. Sighs, ofurile and pain will be rewarded with a new view of 5-star Călţun lake bottom, kept like in a foot of majestic Făgăraşii. Yes, you asked Well, to get to the lake at 2,135 m, you have to descend again (and it’s not easy on among dozens of large rocks) and then climb back some, but not before making balancing on the edge of a cliff.

If you came to Călţun you can lay the basis refuge next and climb again to Negoiu peak (2,535 m) by Strunga Lady (easier) or by Strunga Devil (recently reopened route). Strungile these are actually some very narrow aisles between two steep walls, climbing almost vertically, using chains on the rocks.
Try your strength, and after going through it with flying colors Fagaras Mountains, you can consider yourself a professional mountain climber and real man-of-the-mountain!

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Sep 22

TIMISOARA, THE NEXT ROMANIAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE (TIMIȘOARA)

Timisoara is a beautiful city in Romania which has just been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2021. A visit here is a great opportunity to discover the hospitality of Romanian people, the recent history of this country and a city that has a rich cultural tradition. For starters, we suggest some of the most important sights of Timisoara, to get an idea of what you will find.

The House of the Atlants is a historic building located in the city center. Her name comes from Atlantis columns you see the facade. It was built in 1812 in neo-classical style by the merchant Toma Naum Makri, bound for building rent, with 40 rooms. After the owner’s death the house was inherited by his daughter, married to a Serb. Later the house was donated to the Serb community, then owned by the Serbian Church in 1966 and after the Romanian State ’89 became private property and was renovated. In umătorii years he had more inhabitants, and many owners who now fighting for the building. The courts lie thousands of pages and house athletes and two Turkish cannons buried at the entrance waiting for their verdict.

Merbl Palace situated on Victoria Square was built by architect Arnold Merbl. He was head of the firm Arnold Merbl Co., known outside the city. Victoria Square has created a building: Lloyd Palace.
The Roman Catholic Church Josefin neighborhood was built in 1774 in Baroque provincial. During the revolution of 1848 the church was badly damaged. During the renovation works the ball to cross the tower found a rusty box with two documents about the history of the tower. On the main altar is a beautiful icon-portrait of Virgin Mary, dating from the late eighteenth century. In her yard is the oldest stone statue of St. John of Nepomuk town carved in 1723.

Dauerbach in Victoria Square, was built between 1912-1913 by architect Laszlo Szekely. The building is known as the Palace after Palace restaurant and café, which were arranged even at the end of the building. In the northern part of the ground floor it has operated a pharmacy. Building facade is divided into five parts, one central three parts, taller, which has three gables on the roof shaped ogival braces. The two sides each have two pilasters and the upper level have a gable and a shorter roof.

Fabric Synagogue designed in Moorish style was built in place of a Mosaic synagogue. It was built by entrepreneur Josef Kremmer, by architect Lipot Baumhorn and inaugurated in 1889. It is a monumental building, ornate. I see five domes on the roof of which the center is equipped with eight rosettes. Inside the building is a beautiful organ built by the famous craftsman Wegestein Timisoara. Today the synagogue is in an advanced stage of decay.

Weiss Palace built in 1912 is the beginning of Republic Avenue. From here begins the promenade itself. The building was designed by Arnold company Merbl Co. and the front of László Székely. Weiss family had many popular characters in Punjab, they are doctors, industrialists, entrepreneurs and raising the rent apartment buildings was a lucrative business. Although sf building entrance is on the street. John gable to the main theater. The ground floor commercial spaces.

According to some theories the Roses Park was achieved through the contribution of women rich in the city that they brought their money abroad, many species of roses. In 1891, during the Universal Exposition attended by King Franz Josef, were installed here 10 wooden pavilions. The exposition park was realized by Wilhelm Mühle, and presented over 300 varieties of roses. Mühle was the owner of a horticultural garden with 17 solariums, and the roses he cultivated were renowned abroad.

In 1942 the park is known as the Queen Mary Rosary, but over the years has had many names.
During the Second World War, the Rosariumul was destroyed and was rebuilt in the period 1953-1965, when it reached over 1200 varieties of roses purchased in the country and abroad.
Today the area of one hectare there are only 600 species. The 10,000 roses are planted in eight groups, checkered diamond-shaped, bounded by fences of buxus. The Summer Theater in the park was built in the interwar period.

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Sep 22

COVASNA COUNTY, A MELTING POT BETWEEN CULTURES AND… THE COUSIN OF LOCH NESS MONSTER (COVASNA)

Covasna County is located in eastern Transylvania, at the internal curvature of the Carpathians, and it tends to become a major tourist destination for those wishing to discover Romania. Until recently it used to be promoted rather as an area of interest for Hungarian tourists, but Covasna is now opening its doors and proposes some very interesting landmarks, that informs about the customs and traditions of the area. Covasna County is known as the “Land of Mansions” and thermal waters, with no more than 200 mansions and castles that are speeded all across the land, awaiting visitors.

Discover the art of sculpture in corn husk

At the Tourist Information Centre in Ojdula you will greeted, among others, with a table on which there are hand craft items that are made from corn husk. You will immediately discover their author: Szabó Erzsébet “Bimbi”, illustrator and forewoman in this complicated manufacturing craft, who had arrived to Ojdula a decade ago and learned this activity from a master in this traditional craft of Odorhei. We are sure you will like it so much that you will certainly want to acquire some of her creations, which have been presented to a multitude of national and international fairs and exhibitions and have also received several awards and praises. A simple demonstration of making a flower of husk will makes you applaud and realize that folk artists deserve a bigger appreciation.

Learn to prepare kurtoskalacs

Kurtoskalacs, the famous Hungarian desert known throughout the world and adored in Romania at any fair or festival has its own “secrets” of its preparation. Shaped like a pipe, made of wheat flour, milk, eggs, yeast, butter and sugar and seasoned with various spices and flavors, it will make you want to try it more than once; the dough is stretched into strips and rolled on a wood cylinder that in placed on top of a charcoal grill and revolved permanently, to bake evenly. The sugar that is “splash” all over the dough is roasted, then the “pipes” are seasoned with different flavors: cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut, vanilla. The name “kurtoskalacs” comes from kürtő – which means “chimney” and kalács – doughnut. According to the legend, the first kurtoskalacs was prepared in Szekler Land for misleading the Tatar invaders, deprived of food, but it is considered that its  “ancestor” is the German Spiesskuchen gingerbread baked on wooden rollers, spoken in a manuscript of Heidelberg. The first recipe that appears under the name of kurtoskalacs is found in Countess Maria Mikes’s cookbook, in 1784.

Hunt the prehistoric aquatic monster on the Saint Ana Lake

Lake St. Ana is the only volcanic lake in Romania, located in the crater of the massive volcanic massif Puciosu Ciomatu Mare. A trip here is almost obligatory, whether you go hiking or by quads, followed by a spectacular full of adrenaline two kilometers long descent on the mountaincart and mountainbike.

You can do several water sports on the quiet lake, which has a maximum depth of 6.4 meters: put on a neoprene suit, grab a plate and try to keep your balance on it without falling into blue water. It is pretty difficult but it’s totally fun. Like any place of its kind, Saint Ana Lake has a legend of its own, one of them telling about a young woman who was to be married against her will by parents. Because she did not want the man proposed as her future husband, she threw herself into the lake on the wedding night, which then received her name. Another legend tells about two ogre brothers who had two castles, one of them having a terribly beautiful chaise, won at a game of dice. Not to be outdone, the other brother put another wager that he will come with a chaise that was going to be even more beautiful. He got one and hitched eight gorgeous girls instead of horses. They failed to move the heavy carriage and the tyrant got angry and began to lash the young girls. One of the eight girls named Ana, cursed him and the curse was fulfilled: the place was devastated by a severe storm, after which the castle of the tyrant and his chariot were ablaze. On the place of the ranked castle was then formed a tranquil blue lake.

Another interesting urban legend states that a water monster similar to Nessie has been seen swimming along several times. It is believed to be a species of ancient dinosaurs that survived the mysteriously extinction and lives peacefully inside the waters of this lake, but divers that had been sent to look for it found nothing.

Besides the wonderful traditions and interesting legends, the surroundings are truly marvelous, so you have plenty of reasons to come along and plan a holiday here, in Covasna County.

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Sep 21

PULA, THE REVEALED SECRET OF CROATIA

Turquoise bays, stunning beaches and towns that seemed detached from the stories: Croatia has earned the reputation of being one of the most enchanting places in Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Croatia is no longer the best kept touristic secret of Europe, since the influx of tourists in search of low prices and uncharted territories. Yet you will find something perfect for your stay in Croatia. Below there are some valuable information about the wonderful historic town of Pula.

Located east of Italy in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia adopted several architecture and cuisine from its neighbors after the Istrian peninsula was conquered by the Romans in the year 177 B.C. Nowadays, Pula still retains many monuments dating from the Roman Empire, as a tribute to the history of the Romans whose writing contributed greatly. Pula became a part of Croatia during the war, when residents fled Italy back in their homeland, leaving the locals build the city by themselves.

Things to visit in Pula

If you think about it, do not go on vacation to stay in a hotel room, so explore and discover what Pula has to offer. There are a lot more to do and see than you expect, that will keep the family occupied during the entire length of the stay. Besides admire the Roman architecture that you encounter everywhere, you can do a lot of activities: visits to museums, sunbathing on the beach, racing kart that you can participate with friends and family, observing the marine life at the aquarium.

No trip to Pula would be complete without a visit to the Roman amphitheater, where gladiators fights used to unfold once, and even up to our contemporary days, the amphitheater is still working as a stage, hosting concerts of the biggest names, such as Pavarotti, Jose Carrerras, Elton John, Sting and Jamiroquai.  The Arena in Pula is the sixth largest of the remaining Roman Empire and the only one with all four side towers intact, along with three series of Roman architectural series that rule proudly inside the amphitheater.

Food and drink

If you want to try the local cuisine, among the recommended restaurants there are Galeb, Milan 1967 and Valsabbion, where many of the dishes are inspired from Italian cuisine. But there are also Croatian, Austrian and Hungarian influences. Seafood is not missing from the menu, with fish and shellfish species, a very popular choice among locals. If you want to try a traditional Croatian dish, then you can order the traditional dish named buzara with Kvarner shrimp.

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