Dear Reader, You should know from the very beginning this is not an exhaustive, academic paper on Romania; nor is it a travel guide of Romania. I’m a simple journalist and this is just my own private Romania – a subjective puzzle of all the things I know from experience to be interesting for foreign tourists. I’ve been working for the Romanian edition of National Geographic for over ten years. Mostly because of my job I’ve met many foreigners – either when they visited Romania or when I went abroad. I guess now I’ve got more friends from the other side of the Earth than from my native land. I’ve learned a lot from them and from trying to answer their questions: • Do Romanians consider Ceausescu a good or a bad dictator? • Are Gypsies dangerous? • Where do vampires come from? • Why did the Saxons leave Transylvania? • How dangerous is it to ride a bicycle in Bucharest? • Why do most Romanian surnames end in escu? • Why do you have so many monks? • Where can I find Gerovital? • Any recommendations, must-see places? • How many Jews still live in Romania? • What are your most interesting traditions? • And so on… I had to research and prepare myself each and every time, for every curiosity they had. After a while, some of these studies became the essays I’ve collected in this book. I’m a fan of Montaigne’s Essays whose model I’ve tried to emulate. Now I’m bold enough to think that if you want a bite of Romania and for whatever reason you don’t have the stomach or the time to sample it here – for a month, a year or a lifetime – this is exactly the book you need!
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Colour maps and images throughout
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Honest reviews for all budgets – including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – including folk culture, myths, history, visual arts, crafts, music, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, and wine
Over 70 local maps
Useful features – including Top Experiences, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Outdoor Activities
Coverage of Sofia, Bucharest, Wallachia, the Black Sea Coast, Moldavia, Transylvania, Maramures, Crisana, Banat, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, the Danube, Kazanlak, Sibiu, the Danube Delta, and more
The Rough Guide to Romania is the definitive handbook on one of Europe’s most fascinating, scenic, and enigmatic countries. The full-color introduction highlights all the “don’t miss” sights, from the wilds of the Carpathian mountains to the marvelous Delta wetlands, and references the country’s many unique festivals.
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With its historic cities, rolling mountains, villages, and rejuvenating spas, Romania is realizing its appeal as a travel destination. National Geographic’s all-new Traveler guide explores every region of this intriguing country, from Bucharest to Oltenia and its painted monasteries to the Apuseni Mountains, celebrated for their limestone formations and underground rivers, to Transylvania’s medieval towns.
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Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.
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