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

Târgovişte (România)

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Târgovişte (old spelling: Tîrgovişte) is a city in the Dâmboviţa county of Romania. It is situated on the right bank of the Ialomiţa River[update]. As of 2003, it had an estimated population of 89,000. One village, Priseaca, is administered by the city.

Târgovişte is a name derived from Slavic, its original meaning being of marketplace, cf. Serbian Трговиште and Bulgarian Търговище, being derived from the slavic word trъgъ, which means market.

First attested in 1396, in the Travel Accounts of Johannes Schiltberger, it became the capital of the Wallachian voivodship, probably during the reign of Mircea cel Bătrân, when the Royal Court („Curtea Domnească”) was built. Vlad III Dracula later added the Chindia Tower, now a symbol of the city.

In 1597 the Hajduks of Mihai Viteazul and Starina Novak fought and won a decisive battle against the Ottoman Empire in Târgovişte.

After Constantin Brâncoveanu moved the capital to Bucharest, Târgovişte lost its importance, decaying economically as its population decreased.

Târgovişte was the site of the trial and execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife Elena in December 1989. Interestingly, there are towns with the same name (albeit with different spellings as they are written in our days in the Cyrillic alphabet) in both Bulgaria and Serbia.

The Romanian and Bulgarian towns are twinned. The name is of Slavic origin, from the root -trg- or -tǎrg- („trade”) and the placename suffix -ište, and means „marketplace”.

Source: Wikipedia

A short history of Chindia Tower

A short history of the Chindia Tower

Vlad III the Impaler (Vlad Ţepeş)

Vlad III the Impaler (Vlad Ţepeş)

The coil-staircase inside of the Chindia Tower

The coil-staircase inside of the Chindia Tower

Woodblock print of Vlad the Impaler dining in the presence of numerous impaled corpses

Woodblock print of Vlad the Impaler dining in the presence of numerous impaled corpses

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A view from the up (down are the ruins of Royal Court)

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Royal Court ("Curtea Domnească") was built in the time of Mircea the Elder (cel Bătrân; 1355 – 1418)

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The church inside of Royal Court

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Other view from up

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The base of Chindia Tower

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Walls in the Royal Court

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Footbridge for tourists

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The Chindia Tower was built by Vlad III Dracula, in 15th century

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The main corridor inside of Royal Court

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Other corridor

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Other chamber

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Other photo with the church inside of Royal Court, which is in reconstruction, together with Royal Court

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The Stelea Church-Targoviste, it was built in 1645 by the Moldavian ruler, Vasile Lupu, on the place of an old monastery belonging to Stelea Spataru. It was erected as a sign of friendship to Matei Basarab that's why it was named the Church of Reconciliation

Consiliul Judeţean Dâmboviţa (Dambovita County Council)

Consiliul Judeţean Dâmboviţa (Dâmboviţa County Council)

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The center of the city

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Hotel Valahia

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Muntenia Shopping Center

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Other photo from the center (it was a raining day :()

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Kaufland supermarket in Târgovişte

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The Metropolitan Church-Targoviste, it was built in the 19th century on the place of an old church belonging to Neagoe Basarab, ruler who moved here the Metropolitan Seat from Curtea de Arges

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Statue of Michael the Brave "Mihai Viteazul" (Reign: 11 October 1593 – 9 August 1601)

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The Dealu Monastery-it was built by Radu the Great between 1495-1508, the monastery represents one of the most valuable monuments of Medieval architecture in Wallachia. In the monastery is the head of Michael the Brave

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Near to Stelea monastery are houses for nuns

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Here is buried the head of Michael the Brave, which was taken by Radu Buzescu and put here

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The church of the monastery is dedicated to Saint Nicholas

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The belfry from Stelea

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Old center of Târgovişte

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Biserica Târgului "Fair church" (1653)

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Town Hall of Târgovişte

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Tony Bulandra theatre

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)

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Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: Велико Търново, sometimes transliterated as Veliko Turnovo) is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.

Often referred to as the „City of the Tsars„, Veliko Turnovo is located on the Yantra River.

Source: Wikipedia

The map of the mediaeval stronghold from Tarnovo (Tsarevets - Bulgarian: Царевец)

The map of the mediaeval stronghold from Tarnovo (Tsarevets - Bulgarian: Царевец)

The entrance to Tsarevets

The entrance to Tsarevets

Yantra river (Янтра)

Yantra river (Янтра)

The mist over the hills

The mist over the hills

The entrance to the stronghold

The entrance to the stronghold

The road to the city

The road to the city

A nice place where you can stop your jurney to the top of the hill

A nice place where you can stop your jurney to the top of the hill

Bulgarian flag

Bulgarian flag

Inside of Patriarchate Church

Inside of Patriarchate Church

Fresco inside of church, on the top of the hill,in stronghold

Fresco inside of church,on the top of the hill,in stronghold

Other painting

Other painting

Candelabrum

Candelabrum

Other paintings

Other paintings

"The mercy's box" :) You can see some Leva and Romanian Lei

"The mercy's box" 🙂 You can see some Leva and Romanian Lei 😀 (The place is visit by thousands of Romanians because the Asen dinasty was vlach/romanian)

A beautiful view from the top of the hill

A beautiful view from the top of the hill

The same panorama

The same panorama

A misty panorama over the hills and Yantra river

A misty panorama over the hills and Yantra river

The grave of the vlach emperor Kaloyan the Romanslayer aka "Ioannitsa" (1197–1207)

The grave of the vlach emperor Kaloyan the Romanslayer aka "Ioannitsa" (1197–1207)

The SS. Forty Martyrs Church (Bulgarian: църква "Св. Четиридесет мъченици", tsarkva "Sv. Chetirideset machenitsi") is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church constructed in 1230 in the town of Veliko Tarnovo

The SS. Forty Martyrs Church (Bulgarian: църква "Св. Четиридесет мъченици", tsarkva "Sv. Chetirideset machenitsi") is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church constructed in 1230 in the town of Veliko Tarnovo

Communist blocks from the time of Todor Zhivkov

Communist blocks from the time of Todor Zhivkov