Monthly Archives: April 2013


The Sistine Chapel of the Romanians: the Draganescu Church

The Draganescu Church is said to be Romania’s Sistine Chapel. Just like Michelangelo, our Father Arsenie Boca painted each and every part of this church in a new and surprising way, old traditional figures painted in a surrealist style. The Draganescu church is a small village church, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, and its walls are like a thousand books. One can easily spend a whole day there and even more days, just meditating on the richness of


How to travel from Bucharest to Istanbul

Another route preferred by travellers is Bucharest to Istanbul. Things have changed a little in this respect and nowadays there is a direct train to there and also buses. There is a catch though if you plan to take the train. The info below is updated today, the 18th of April 2013.

Train: there is one train a day, it leaves at 12:30 and it gets to Istanbul


The Turda salt mine: the UFO

Turda is a place close to Cluj Napoca, a city in the north-east of Romania. There is a saltmine there, a very old one, started by the Romans. Salt was a luxury commodity back then, and it was then, as it is now, essential for the health and well-being of the people, for conserving food, etc. Since the 13th century until 1932 the mine was in activity. Between 1932 and 1992 it was closed, and when it was reopened, it was for the tourists and for people with medical problems: the air in the salt mines is recognized as being the best remedy for those with respiratory problems. In 2010 it was re-opened, after an extensive modernization


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