In my trip to Romania, I found Authentic, Natural and Cultural country. These are the words that best capture the essence of Romania, a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. I accomodated with my boyfriend in Medgidia where is a municipality in the county of Constanta, and Constanta lies on the western coast of the Black Sea, which is the third largest city in Romania whereas the fourth largest port in Europe, ranked just after Rotterdam, Antwerp and Marseille.
In Constanta, one of the most stunning structure was Constanta Casino (Cazinoul din Constanța) which is perched on a cliffside overlooking the Black Sea. The impressive structure's art deco shapes and details are still in tact despite having shuttered decades ago. Maintaining the massive structure was simply too expensive, so after passing hands several times over the years, it ultimately shut in 1990. However, we took many pictures just outside of the Casino, where seas hit the land and gives gorgeous sound and scenery as well.
We have been in the most famous luxury resort of the Romania, North of Constanta: Mamaia! Mamaia allows a beautiful view throughout the sand covered beaches along with offers water sports including scuba diving, paragliding, water bike, sailing which was teeming for Romanian families and young party revelers. By night, Mamaia morphs into what feels like one long nightclub, with dozens of high-adrenaline dance places and impromptu beach parties.
After visiting couple of times Constanta, we headed on to Bran which is the Transylvania region of Romania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. We booked our butique hotel for 3 days which was super cheap, super cute and had super uber landscape place to stay.
In Bran, we have visited to Bran Castle which build by the Saxons in the 15th century. For its early years the castle acted as a defensive position against Ottoman invasions, but later it became an important customs checkpoint between Wallachia and Transylvania. A century later Bran Castle was repossessed by the city of Braşov, when King of Hungary, Vladislas II was bankrupted. It remained in military use until 1920, when it was adopted as a residence of the Romanian royal family. The royal family was eventually expelled in 1948, at the behest of the Romanian Communist Party.
Also, a series of market stalls have grown into a festival of tents and tourist attractions, gathered in the shadow of Bran Castle. Here you can buy everything from t-shirts and other Dracula-themed memorabilia, through to fresh local produce. Second day of our tour in the central Romania, we headed to Rasnov Fortress which is located on a rocky hilltop in the Carpathian Mountains.
The road leading upwards was a bit challenging, however, once you arrive to observation deck, you will understand that it surely did worth the trip, mostly because of the amazing view the top of the castle offers of its surroundings: both the dense pine forest and the pretty tiny town.
The citadel has been restored with cobbled pathway around buildings with their chipped stone facades. Right after browsing medieval-themed souvenir and craft stalls, we stopped at the citadel’s peak point to admire views of rolling hills.
What is more, during our Transylvanian short trip, we have visited Brasov which hosts a number of medieval watchtowers still glower over the town. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, it was a perfect place for a medieval settlement. We have stopped at Jamaican cafe and had shisha and cocktails along with the atmosphere of hippie style and turn back to our pretty place and enjoyed the view with my lover.
To the finishing line of our 10 days holiday in Romania, we stopped by Peles Castle, Sinaia. The castle was founded by King Carol I of Romania and the castle was very modern for its time – the first castle in Europe to have electricity and also central heating, central vacuum cleaning and an intricate architecture in 1883 when it’s completed in 10 years. No doubt, it is elaborately decorated, fairytale-like Romanian royal palace is one of the most striking castle in Europe.
The mountainous backdrop makes for some amazing photos on a clear day, and the forests add a classic bit of Transylvanian charm. This stunning Castle’s garden hosts fountains, urns, stairways, guarding lions, marble paths, and other decorative pieces. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls. The unique part is that every single one of those rooms, as well as the hallways and foyers, were decorated in a completely different style or theme, drawing from influences such as Turkish, Venetian, Florentine, French, and Moorish, among others. In fact, the whole country managed to seduce me. What made me fall in love with this country was my Romanian love was my guide all along the trip J