Off to Targiu Jiu!

Sorry for the lack of postings so far this week!  Our daughter Patti arrived in Bucuresti on September 30 at 9:30 am so we traveled to Bucuresti the day before and then we drove to Targu Jiu to do some sightseeing.  We have been on the road most of the week to see many of the interesting historical and archeological sites in Romania.  There are so many things to see it would take weeks and weeks to see them all.  Our first stop was Targu Jiu, a city in southwestern Romania near the birthplace of Constantin Brancusi.  He is considered the father of modern art and is know for his famous sculptures.  Brancusi created a famous outdoor installation of sculptures in Targu Jiu as a memorial to World War 1 veterans.  It is the only place in the world where his work is displayed in this way, and is quite impressive.  This was just the beginning of a week of exploration, just another part of the Romanian Adventure!  

The Endless Column is located in a beautiful, tree-filled park and is simply amazing! Installed in1938, it is constructed of numerous brass segments. From the bottom looking up, it indeed seems to have no end.

In a second park stand the other two works of art in this artistic display.The Kissing Gate occupies a space closer to the beginning. Beyond the Kissing Gate a walkway is lined with stone stools which point to the beginning of the display, call the Table of Silence.

The Table of Silence is surrounded by 12 round stone stools. Beyond the Table of Silence is the Jiu River. We actually started at the end and worked our way to the beginning, mostly because we found the Endless Column first!

How many logs?

We stayed 2 nights at Pensiune Casa Cartianu, a local B&B, Romanian style.  The building was constructed of huge logs, and although it was new construction, it had the look and feel of a more traditional structure.  It also came equipped with its own museum!  We had a private tour by a family member, and learned that this museum was actually a "fortified" house constructed in the late 1600's as protection from marauding Turks during the expansion of the Ottoman Empire.  

Just a little bigger than a foot!

Our room was the one at the very top!

The fortified house has been modified several times since the beginning, but is still included in the National Historic Register. Unique to this area, there are only 27 of these "cule" standing today, and only half of those are in good repair.

One of Patti's first loves...weaving.

Back to Tulcea

On our way home we visited Horezu, famous for its traditional Romanian pottery.  We also stopped at Lainici Monastery, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.

Around Tulcea

Not far from Tulcea is the village of Enisala.  Near Enisala are the ruins of a Medieval Fortress.  Sitting on the top of a hill it gives a spectacular panoramic view of the countryside.

Constanta on the Black Sea

Southeast of Tulcea, on the Black Sea, is the city of Constanta.  The city contains many  acient Greek and Roman ruins, including the remains of a Roman market place with a mosaic floor.  Constanta's harbor area also has the largest ship yard in Romania.  

Histria, the oldest city in Romania

On the way back to Tulcea is an archeological site named after the ancient city located there.  First occuppied by the Greeks in the 5th-7th century BC, it later became a Roman settlement.  It was left to decline after the Romans left in the late 3rd Century AD.

A few of our favorite things

Dinner with friends at a special restaurant, papanasi, and the Romanian custom of giving flowers are just a few of the things we count as favorite here in Romania.  The Romanian culture thrives on celebrating people by making what could be something ordinary into something special.  




Dinner with our daughter Patti and friends Petru and Marilena Solca

Papanasi, our favorite Romanian dessert

Beautiful Gerbera daisies