roaming about Romania

One of the things I like about Romania is the breadth of its landscape.  Compared to its neighbours, Romania is rather large: the 12th largest country in Europe and the largest in southeastern Europe.  Compared to the United States, it isn’t: roughly the size of Oregon. Proving that size doesn’t always matter, Romania’s natural beauty encompasses flat farmland, tumbling rivers, broad plains, folded hills, marshy riverbanks, seaside beaches, tree-covered mountains, inclined valleys, dark forests, snow-capped peaks, sheep-dotted pastureland.

I’ve been traveling throughout Romania these last two weeks and, thanks for someone else’s willingness to brave Romanian roads and drivers, I’ve been traveling by car. Once I embrace a rather Zen-like acceptance of my potential vehicular fate, I love it.  Travel in this lovely country is difficult: trains take twice as long as they should, by rights, and rarely run on time; busses are crowded but, counterintuitively, faster than trains; roads are often stretches of asphalt holding the potholes together; drivers consider oncoming traffic a challenge to surmount while passing on curves.  Mileage passes incredibly slowly, despite the view of speed limits as lower bounds: a 160 mile journey took over 5 hours.

Still, in a car, as you follow the ribbon of highway unspooling ahead, you see the country more personally, getting a sense of its personality, its atmosphere, its nature.  I may have added quite a few grey hairs during my latest travels but I wouldn’t trade my time in the car, and with the company, for anything.

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looking across the eastern Carpathians in Parcul Natural Bucegi

rainy stop to visit the Mausoleum Mateias, monument to Romanian WWI dead

lovely Timisoara, by day and by night

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along the A1 on a sunny drive to Sibiu

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stopping at Corvin Castle

light and glass at Corvin Castle

the gracious Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary in Sibiu

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the road through Parcul National Cozia

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    • It may have been a case of “despite of” rather than “because of” such great driving but, yes, I did make it out of the car alive. And it was such a great trip!

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