Phew! That was quite a year! Many things happened in 2016, but although most people hated it, mainly for the unfortunate world events, I personally considered it a good year. Sure, it had it’s downfalls, but that’s just how life happens to be. Let’s focus on the positive stuff. When it comes to travel, I accomplished more than I hoped for. I discovered lots of new destinations and revisited many familiar places.
Everywhere I look, I see bloggers praising the German Christmas Markets. This year I’ve visited two of them myself (Berlin and Potsdam), but turns out Romania has a better alternative this year: Bucharest Christmas Market. Don’t worry if you never heard of it so far, the truth is that until this year it wasn’t really worth mentioning. Now things have changed, including it’s location, size and number of integrated activities.
After experiencing The Seven Ladders Canyon, I felt like I needed to step up my adrenaline game. And I did, by deciding to complete the longest marked canyon in Romania – The Stan Valley Canyon (Romanian: Valea lui Stan). And all I can say is that this canyon exceeded all my expectations.
Piatra Mare Massif is located south of the Brasov Depression. It’s well known in Romania for it’s many tourist trails, steep slopes and perfect spots for panoramic views. It’s highest peak, also called Piatra Mare, is 1843m. Reaching it is not really a walk in the park, it requires time and effort, but I guarantee that in the end it’s all worthed.
The Seven Ladders Canyon (Romanian: Canionul Sapte Scari) is the perfect destination for all of you adrenaline junkies! Conveniently located near Brasov (Romania), you can hike into the canyon just by taking a one day trip. You may ask where does the name come from. Simple: The hike within the canyon is facilitated by a series of metal stairs and platforms. Initially there were seven stairs, hence the name. After it’s recent and complete restoration back in 2013, two more stairs were added to the track, but the name didn’t change.
You seen it countless times in artistic and architectural photos, in documentaries, in travel guides and in photo galleries of world’s landmarks. It’s the third largest Christian church in the world, and one of the easiest to recognize – yes, I’m talking about the Milan Duomo, also known as The Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente (St Mary of the Nativity) or simply The Milan Cathedral. This cathedral was the main reason I wanted to visit Milan, so I did a lot of research before going. But I soon found out that my research was almost useless. Nobody told me about the things below, so I thought I must share them with you. Take notes and thank me later :)
Wanderlust took over me once again, so I decided to make a quick getaway for a weekend. This time I chose Bulgaria as my destination, making the trip my third visit to this country. But I must say, this was my favorite from them all. As I have a soft spot for medieval cities, I decided to see the ‘City of the Tsars’, Veliko Tarnovo. This was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and is one of the oldest cities in Bulgaria. Moreover, it has an incredible stronghold – Tsarevets Fortress – which I just had to see!
Bucharest was the very first city in the world illuminated with kerosene. This happened in 1857. Meanwhile, things changed and now, 159 years later, it’s time for high-end technology to steal the show, so let me take you on a virtual tour through Bucharest during Spotlight Festival. Watch the streets as they turned into a huge stage for incredible entertainment with light and sound. And if you like it, maybe you’ll consider experiencing it on your own next year!
While planning my next trip, I said to myself: Three days in Brussels (Belgium) should be enough to see everything I want. Needless to say that it wasn’t really like that, right?
February 19th is declared a national holiday in Romania. This year we celebrate 140 years since the birth of one of the most influential figures for further development of modern sculpture: Constantin Brancusi. Because he was born in a small village in Romania, Hobitza, I decided to do a “treasure hunting” and find where his sculptures are located in his country of origin. The output of my research was a little surprising. Only a few cities in Romania hold his works of art. I chose two of them, Targu Jiu and Bucharest .