By Ramona Copil

City breaks are often on the table but what about taking a longer vacation? My verdict: a holiday in these pandemic days is not mission impossible. Moreover, it was easier than you might expect. 

Since the lockdown, we’ve overcome the apocalyptic anxiety and taking all the appropriate measures we decided to take a road trip in our beautiful Romania.

Listening to our guts, we wanted to avoid “popular” places like Valea Prahovei or the Romanian seaside, so we went west, ad literal “go west” as they say. And so, one Thursday we escaped Bucharest and went to Drobeta, Orsova and Baile Herculane, Timisoara and up to the north “unde se agata harta-n cui” – where the map is hanging from the pin to Targu Mures and many more. The images are worthing thousands of words, so check them out.

To placate the anxiety… in all the places we stayed, a staff member checked our body temperatures. We didn’t plan the accommodation in advance and each night we still found a nice place to stay. Nothing fancy though, just simple: hot water, private bathroom, good reviews on google, and turistinfo.ro, those were our criteria. 

Churches and monasteries were urged to stick to strict health guidelines, museums are open but limiting the number of visitors per room, restaurants, and coffee shops are serving outside or order to go.


Drobeta-Turnu Severin – Medieval fortress – build in 1370 by Vlaicu Voda, the walls of the church are still uprising up from the ground. History proves it as Catholic initially, changes of leadership conducted to different confessional worships over time. 

Drobeta-Turnu Severin: The park of roses reveals a monument build for the heroes who died in the First World War. In the crypts beneath and the ossuary of the monument are buried 657 war dead.

In Orsova, a must-see is Church of the Immaculate Conception with interesting and unique architecture, modern to this date, even though it was built in the communist era, 1972-1974. A tent of concrete with the roof shaped like a cross. A few km. away, in a different style, is the Saint Ana Monastery. Located on the Danube gorge, one of the most beautiful natural places in our country, the church is made of wood, with elements of traditional Romanian style and cells on both sides, the ensemble having the shape of the letter “U”.

Our route included a short stop to the statue of Decebalul, the tallest rock sculpture on the Danube bank. 55m. tall, it took more than 10 years until completion. 


Cheile Nerei for hiking with findings such as the tunnels or the suspended bridge. A few kilometers away in absolute silence, you will find the Ochiul Beiului lake and Beușnița Waterfall.

Baile Herculane – Old roman baths, a tradition for centuries that in the XIX century found its most glamourous days. Today still has so much to show.

Timisoara. The place where it was first introduced the public illumination in Europe using electricity, and the place where the Romanian Revolution from 1989 started. A beautiful architecture, well kept, you would miss the communist apartment buildings.
Oradea
Karolyi Castle

The Merry Cemetery holds stories and naive paintings about each person from the village buried there.

A must-see is Memorial to the Victims of Communism and the Resistance

Barsana

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