Slatina (România)

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Slatina is the capital city of Olt county, Romania, on the river Olt.

Population (2002): 79,171

The town of Slatina was first mentioned on January 20, 1368 in an official document issued by Vladislav I Vlaicu, Prince of Wallachia. The document stated that merchants from the Transylvanian city of Braşov would not pay customs when passing through Slatina. The word Slatina is of Slavic origin, stemming from Slam-tina, „salted land” or „salty water”; a small minority promotes the theory that the term originates in the Latin „Salatina”.

One of the oldest private businesses in Romania is the Slatina-based pastry shop La atletul albanez („The Albanian Athlete”).

Notable natives

Source: Wikipedia

Travel journal

Ok… We must recognize… We can’t stay without traveling somewhere… 😀 It passed a couple of days and again, another location… We are definitely addicted of knowing new places…

As usually before this type of escape we had council, we took into consideration many locations. We have always a list with places to visit. We checked the weather news because it comes the autumn and the time is not appropriate to go, for example, to a mountain zone. So, we decided to choose an urban destination, where it doesn’t matter if it rains or if the weather is capricious. We went to Slatina, Olt’s county capital city.

Maybe you are asking yourself what we are going to visit in a place like this, apparently uninteresting. Find out that in this city it is the oldest confectionary from country, owned by an Albanian family stabilized in Romania for 300 years. It said that they have been making to more tasty ice-cream in our country and we went to check out 😀

Following the Romanian saying “who wake up early in the morning arrives far”, we get up around half past six and at 7:55 we had the personal train that left us in Piteşti. As usually we arrived lately at Basarab station this time, but as we are lucky, we catch the train. The ticket’s price was 12 lei. We arrived in Piteşti after two hours. Here we changed the train. After we bought tickets (from Piteşti to Slatina 10 lei at personal train), we went in the back of the station to have a tea because it was pretty cold. At 11:20 we were in the second train running. After other two hours we were there.

Firstly we decided about the train that would get us back to Bucharest. We bought tickets; this time for the whole distance, in this way was cheaper: 20 lei from Slatina to Bucharest. After solving the return’s details we went to the center part of the city trying to find the famous confectionary. It took us some time to found it, but asking some inhabitants we arrived. There is an old small building having inside some fridges to keep the sweets. At the beginning we bought only bragă (boza) and Romanian halviţă (halva) that were really tasty.

We wanted to try all house’s specialties, so we bought citronade and ice-cream too. In deed the ice-cream was really delicious… The building’s walls was covered with pieces from the newspaper about the confectionary, photos with famous people that visited the place, images with cakes, visitor’s impressions. After finishing eating and drinking we started to visit the old center. Walking down the streets we fortuitously arrived to the regional history museum. Unfortunately we hadn’t enough time to see all the collections because the time runs and we needed to hurry up to the station to catch the train. (At 16:45)

On the road we slept being tired and didn’t have the enthusiasm that we had in the morning. We arrived in Piteşti (18.50), we changed the train and at 21:50 we were back.

Inside the train P9023 from Bucureşti to Piteşti (Romanian car made by Astra)

Inside train P9015 (second floor) from Piteşti to Slatina. Romanian car made by Astra in Arad

The train P9015 in Slatina Railway Station

Railway Station

Slatina, my love 😛

Old t-shirts :)))))

Forbiden for big trucks and carts 😀

Watermill

Small waterfall

A.I.Cuza Boulevard near the Railway Station

OLTtv 🙂

Monument for the glory of soldiers from Slatina who fight in WWII between 1941 and 1945

Intersection on A.I.Cuza Boulevard

Reconditioned blocks

The Headquarter of the Prefecture Olt offices in administration of the County Council Olt

County Library "Ion Minulescu"

The Center

This park on the valley split New Town constructed by communists from the Old Town which is down, near Olt River

"Hope Fountain" in the Center

The old shopwindow from "Atletul Albanez"

The Albanian family Memish has been in Slatina for 300 years and they sell Ottoman products since more than 100 years in the city

Old and nice

Photos and articles from newspapers with famous people who ate and drank here

The price of ice-cream is 2, 3 and 4 LEI...

Cold Boza and Citronade with just 1 LEU per glass (0.23 EURO) 🙂

Bottles with Bragă (Boza, also Bosa) and Citronade. The price for one bottle of 2L was 8 LEI (almost 2 euro)

Dan Puric was one of the customers

The famous confectionery "La atletul albanez" (The Albanian Athlete)

Nice old street

Council of the Olt County

A little shop in left...

Renewed building

Street

Sad blue...

Lipscani Street 🙂

The majority of the buildings from the Old Town are historical monuments

The City Council wants to get funds to remake the Old Town

Street in the Old Town

In this block (before was house) was born Eugen Ionesco (November 26, 1909 – March 28, 1994) was a Romanian playwright and dramatist, and one of the foremost playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd.

Eugen Ionesco Park is near to the Old Town (Eugen Ionescu in Romanian)

Love is with Us 🙂

Gusher fountain

The statue of Eugen Ionescu in the park with the same name

Administrative Palace of Olt County where is the County Museum

Schedule at County Museum

Măneciu (România)

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  • Country: România
  • County: Prahova
  • County status: Commune
  • Population: 11.450
  • Location: Teleajen Valley (50 km north of Ploieşti)
  • Altitude: 600-800 m (Depression)
  • Climate: Subalpine
  • Distance from Bucharest:  123 km (road) 110 km (railway)
  • Acces roads:
  1. DN1 Bucureşti – Ploieşti, DN1A Ploieşti – Cheia – Braşov
  2. DN1A Braşov – Cheia
  3. Railway: Bucureşti – Ploieşti, Ploieşti – Măneciu

Travel journal

What can cheer you up after a period full of exams and stress? Of course a little and welcome journey :). Obviously, it came the big question: „where?”. After we took into consideration many variants he had the answer: Maneciu, Prahova county. Then it was a day searching information about the place, maps, photos and so on.

The big day came. 🙂 Our train leaves at 7.01 from the North station, so we should woke up at almost six o’ clock to be on time. We were a little bit in late because of me 😀 (tehnical sleeping problems) 🙂  and we needed to change the plan and to take another train that leaves at half past seven. It was a very confortable accelerat train that in 45 minutes was in West Ploiesti station.

The full ticket price was 10 lei. In 10 minutes we must catch the other train from the station South Ploiesti. We took a taxi and with 5 lei, in 5 minutes, we were there. We bought tickets – 5.7 lei it was the full price – and in other two minutes we was in the personal train running to Maneciu. In almost 2 hours we entered the little station called „Maneciu Ungureni”.

After taking some photos at the station we went inside the township. We stopped in the back of the station to have a fresh beer at the comunal inn: a simple place, with simple people, with a great cheap beer called „Ciucas”, only 2 lei. The beer was finished, the „one-piece” cigarette was smoked and we took the road to the dam. We ask some people how to arrive, they was kind and explained us with details the way that we should follow.

In almost 30 minutes we were riding the dam, having in the right part a beautiful landscape with the lake sourounded by the mountains. We had a walk around the lake on mountain roads, taking photos and enjoying that fresh air and wonderful outlook. It was a trailer near the lake arranged as a small house, it must be quite nice to life in a place like that.

We were staying on the bank of the lake dreaming how beautiful would be to move there after years. But the time flies fastly and when we consulted the clock it was around 15.30. In almost an hour we had the train to Ploiesti. Walking to the station we asked people about a place to stay during the night, because we want to go back to stay some days to explore better the zone.

Again in the train. Half of time we slept. We arrived in South Ploiesti and find a train to went back to Bucharest cheaper then it was in the morning, a personal train with 5.7 lei ticket. After one hour and a half we was back in the capital taking the subway. The single thing we wanted was a warm bed. 🙂


National flag on Teleajen Valley

Inside the old Personal (P) train from Ploieşti to Mâneciu - second class

Vălenii de Munte railway station

Viaduct on Teleajen Valley

Măneciu railway station (end of the railway-km 51 from Ploieşti)

The timetable panel in Măneciu

Old well

Near the railway station

The center

Nice apartment house in the center (Down it is the Post Office)

Traditional house

Other nice house (down there is a supermarket)

Town Hall

On the way to Mâneciu Dam

Other nice house

Old traditional house

Old boyar manor

Lions

Well

House

Belfry

Orthodox Church (1859)

Flags

Teleajen River (downstream - exit from the dam)

Photo from up

Photo from up (Downstream - Teleajen Valley)

Swimmer

The lake

Protection zone (Forbiden to swimm, to navigate on the lake, to feed animals and to throw any garbage there)

Forest

Road marker

Accumulation lake (Volume: 60,00 km3 - Surface: 1,92 km2 - Lenght: 4,00 km - Area of catchment: 247,00 km2)

Here you can catch some good trouts 🙂

Road

Barbed wire

Down the road

Private area

Vegetation

Firewood

Sweet Violet

House

Type: Earth dam - Lenght of dam: 750 m - Height of dam: 75 m - Foundation: Rock - Type of watertight: Core

Rocks and vegetation

The exit of the Teleajen River from the dam

Traffic light in the center of Măneciu

In train, second class (return)

Full ticket price at Personal train (P), second class is 5.7 Romanian LEI - 1.34 EURO. Duration: almost 2 hours

Tree of life

Between forest and the lake