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Nov 13th, 2009, 07:09 AM
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Is Romania worth visiting? How long would you recomend?

Hi everyone! We're looking at maybe driving through Romania as part of our ongoing European roadtrip next week and I was wondering if anybody has been to Romania and what their impressions were. I ask because after having such a great time in Prague and Budapest and such disappointing times in places like Chesky Krumlov we want to spend as few nights as possible in towns that close when the sun goes down. We're tired of walking empty streets at 6 in the afternoon. Is Romania one of those places that goes to sleep with the sun? We've heard such mixed things.

So, do we stop to see the sights or do we admire them as we drive through?
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Nov 13th, 2009, 07:56 AM
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Romania still has relatively little money outside the capital and even here there is real poverty. I like the country and but I found Bucheresti a little creepy at night in the centre. Still despite that just out from the centre the bars by lakes or the holiday camp areas are pretty safe and interesting.

Then the few tourist towns for Roumanians are ok in the evening so ski resourts etc ok with drunken parties and a bit of fun.

But this is not Vienna or Prague
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Nov 13th, 2009, 09:57 AM
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Hayes:

depends on what you're looking for. Off hand, I'd have to say that Romania is not for you. Night life is available in some of the circumstances that Bilbo refers to above. Buchares(h)t
has been trying hard to liven up since the revolution. The towns wih sizeable universities (Cluj and Iasi (Yash) are alive to an extent...however,, having traveled extensively in the country since the pre revolution Ceaucescu days, Romania is more about small towns and villages in the northwest ...Maramures(h) region... , and the wonderful fresco'ed churches in Bukovina, and some of the more medieval places like Sighishoara. If this sort of attraction bores you, then honestly Romania is not for you. My most recent post-revolution,lengthy journey throughout the country, made me realize that as Bilbo says, poverty is a long way from major eradicaton...but the color and "authenticity" is still there.
If interested, I can draw you up an itinerary...I would suggest at least a week. Also many pix if you can download on your laptop.

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Nov 13th, 2009, 10:17 AM
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I agree with Tower. Moreover, your post sounds like a whim. Do you know that your rental agency will allow you to take the car to Romania? Have you figured out how much time you have to spend there? From what I heard, Krakow, Poland, might be more suitable to your desires.
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Nov 13th, 2009, 10:25 AM
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tower-- have you been to Pascani?
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Nov 13th, 2009, 10:59 AM
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"From what I heard, Krakow, Poland, might be more suitable to your desires."

Agree! Kraków after dark is hoppin!

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Nov 13th, 2009, 01:30 PM
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viajero:

There are two Pashcans (Pascani=Pashcan). maybe more.
One is due west of Iasi (Yash), on Hwy.#28, between Piatra Neamts and Suceava. The other is north of Galatz. In Romania , as in most countries, there are numerous duplicate names (take the USA, for instance). Pashcan is quite near Barlad (Birlad) where my most recent historical novel begins in 1904. I conducted dozens of research interviews in that area of the country. from 1983-1990...and made another return vsit in 2005. My guess is that you're looking for the largest of the two mentioned...that would be the Pashcan west of Yash (a major Romanian city).

Can you share with me the level of your interest? Is it genealogical? If so, I would be happy to provide much more 19th and 20th century history of the area. Not all of it pretty...especially the "death Train of 1941", also referenced in detail in my aforementioned historical novel.

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Nov 13th, 2009, 01:33 PM
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Nov 16th, 2009, 04:51 AM
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tower-- very interesting information you have posted, no idea there was more than one Pashcan, it seems I should have guessed. The one we are interested is near Iasi. My husband and I are friends with a family in Pashcan and have been invited to visit.

We would be also very interested in reading your novel, where can we get a copy? Thanks again for your kind reply.
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Nov 16th, 2009, 10:14 PM
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Via: Probably is Pashcan between Piatra Neamts to the west and Yash to the east. Google me for novel info.

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Nov 17th, 2009, 04:13 AM
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tower-- thanks for the suggestions; I have found your book ("The Wayfarers") and know how to procure it. Many thanks. The story sounds absolutely fascinating with outstanding reviews and I am looking forward to reading it. I am also encourage about visiting Romania.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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Via...I suppose we've hijacked this thread to hell and back...please send me an address and I will send a signed author's decal to place in the book.

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Nov 18th, 2009, 05:11 AM
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Thanks for the kind offer. I will email you shortly. Thanks again, all the best.
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Nov 29th, 2009, 03:36 AM
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Stu-- I have received the book, really excited about getting into it over the holidays. Thanks again for posting such great insight.
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Nov 30th, 2009, 09:47 AM
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Viajero...please send email and I will quickly forward the decal to you.
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Dec 24th, 2009, 12:01 PM
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I was in Romania for 6 months (for work), based in Brashov and had occasional trips into Bucharesti,I was very glad when the 6 months was up, other than the food and the dark beer (Ciuc as I remember it was called) I thought the place was a dump. I don't come to that conclusion lightly as I've lived and worked in some dumps in my time (Tehran for one), although not quite as bad as Tehran but not far off.

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