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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