The Argamum Fortress 

Argamum Fortress is an ancient archeological site situated in the eastern part of Tulcea County, near the Jurilovca Commune, at a place called Cape Dolosman.  It was founded in the 7th century BC by Greek colonists, and continued to develop under a variety of regimes until the 5th Century AD.  It overlooks Lake Razim, which at the time was a bay opening to the Black Sea.  Most of the fortress has not been excavated, but it is still very interesting and historically intriguing.

Some of the walls of the fortress have been excavated and paths meander through the ruins.

Fields of spring flowers add to the beauty of the lakeside location.

The ruins of an ancient church are at the top of the hill.

It is easy to see why this location was chosen for a fortress!

Sat Pescaresc Traditional (Traditional Fisherman Village)

This week we visited an interesting museum in Tulcea, the Fisherman Village.  It is a recreation of traditional houses from the fishing villages along the 3 main branches of the Danube River as it winds it way from Tulcea to the Black Sea.  Today, each village still has a unique history, ethnicity and traditional events, but one thing they all have in common is fishing.  The roofs of the houses were traditionally made of "stuf", or reeds from the Delta.  Even today you can see many houses there with the traditional roofing material.  Just one more reason for you to come to Romania and see for yourself!

Blue, green, and white are typical colors.

Brightly colors rugs were often hung on the walls.

The wood fired "soba" was used for cooking as well as heating.

In search of the wild peonies...

Romania is full of surprises!  This time it was the wild peonies which bloom in the middle of May on hillsides overlooking the Danube River and small villages.  It took a little hiking to reach the areas where the peonies could be found, but it was worth it.  An old Romanian legend (well maybe not so old) says that the first mission co-worker for NOROC, who shall remain nameless, almost sat on a snake during a similar excursion! 🤩 Not only did we find wild peonies, but also wild roses, wild elder flowers, and a colorful bird called the "bee eater."

What a glorious color of red!

Beautiful landscapes abound in Romania. Even with the dry Spring this year, the many colors of green are still wonderful.

Dobrogea, the region in which we live, is know for its windy weather. Efforts to harness the wind power are becoming more common.

A bee eater...courtesy of Petru Solca.