Once Upon A Time in Brasov

Brasov is cute, compact and colorful. A short getaway to this vibrant Romanian city made one of my life’s best trips. Cobblestone streets, amazing cafes and bars made it a perfect destination. Although I have shared a lot of stories and images of Brasov in the past on my blog, I could not resist myself from posting more images about this amazing city. When I arrived at Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest, my friend came straight from Brasov to receive me. And from there I started my Romanian sojourn. Have you been to Romania ? If yes, please do share with me your experience. I would like to listen your stories.

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Interview With Travel Blogger Andreea Radut

Dear all, let me introduce Andreea Radut, one of Romania’s leading travel photographers and Instagrammers. Her Instagram ID is full of vibrant snaps which can inspire anyone to travel the world. Her website is replete with beautiful travelogues.

1) Dear Andreea can you please describe yourself in few words ?

I am a positive person who always likes to explore new places and new cultures, passionate about traveling and photography.

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2) So far which is the best destination you have covered and why ? Do you have any particular reason ?

Hmm, this is a tricky question because I appreciate every place I visit, so it’s hard to choose only one. However, I think I will say Jordan – Petra. While being there, it felt like out of this world, never seen anything more spectacular than Petra until now.

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3) Since how long you have been doing photography and why you picked up travel photography over other genres of photography ?

Actually, travel photography chose me. It all started 9 years ago when I first visited Greece and I fell in love with all the landscapes I was seeing there. I remember at that time I had a small compact Sony camera and took some sunset photos at first, captured the sea and the mountains and I realized it meant something for me. So next year I bought a new camera, a Canon this time, and went again to Greece wanting to take even more better pictures. Why travel photography over other genre? Because I like sharing with the world the places that I visit and maybe encourage them to do the same.

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4) What do you like the most while doing photography in gorgeous locations ?

I love wandering around and talking with the locals. Getting to know the people always helps me learn new things.

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5) Who is your favorite photographer in the world ?

I don’t think I have a favorite photographer. That’s because I truly believe each photographer is special and has its own vision. We are all artists in our own ways.

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6) Do you think travel photography has impacted your life ?

For sure, it made me more courageous, more open-minded and somehow even more spiritual.

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7) I am bit of curious. What kind of equipment do you use to capture those gorgeous snaps ?

At this point, I own a mirrorless camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. For lenses I use a fixed 45 mm f/1.8 which is very sharp and creates a wonderful blurry background and I also use a zoom 12-40 mm f/2.8 when I need a wider angle.

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8) What is your dream destination ? Only one

My dream destination is Bali, Indonesia. I want to explore more of Asia and hopefully my dream will be able to materialize after this lock-down.

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9) Can you please tell us about the destinations you were supposed to explore before the lock-down ?

Sure. I was supposed to go to Malaga, Spain to visit a friend of mine at the end of March, but the flight got cancelled. Other destinations that I had in mind for this year besides Bali, was Egypt for the pyramids and Cappadocia – Turkey to fly with a hot air balloon.

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10) Finally any general idea/quotation you would like to share with us ? It could be anything. Life, photography or travel ?

Traveling is good for our souls, it helps us grow and become who we’re supposed to become. And another thing, anyone can do it. If I can do it, you can do it too. I am saying this because I travel on a budget, I have a regular job and I save money months before any destination I want to visit. It’s about priorities, so make whatever brings you happiness a priority. It matters a lot.

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Let’s Welcome Brasov

There is no point of keeping images in the hard-disk. So I have decided to publish more images of my past travels on my blogs.

In the past, I had written couple of articles about Brasov and its food culture.

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https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/03/01/when-i-felt-hungry-in-romania/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2015/10/18/exploring-romanian-foods/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/05/10/welcome-to-braosv/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/04/03/carolinenthor-castle/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/02/27/video-of-lake-sfanta-ana/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2015/07/27/lake-sfanta-ana/

And this article contains another set of photographs of this cute and vibrant city. I believe these images deserve to be published on my blog. I used my old CANON 450D to capture the beauty of the Romanian city.

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I used Photoscape to edit these pictures.

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Welcome To Brasov

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Welcome to Brasov, a Romanian city which will charm you with its medieval Saxon walls, Gothic-style Black Church, castles and cosy cafes.

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Although Braosv is not as popular as big European cities such as London and Paris, it still manages to attract thousands of tourists every year. I was there for few days and was completely mesmerised by its beauty. From bar-hopping to sight-seeing, I ensured that I leave nothing behind in exploring this city, which is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains.

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I spent few hours at Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului), quenched my thirst with famous Romanian beer Ursus and watched the surrounding structures.

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I took a cable car to the Tampa Mountain and enjoyed the breathtaking views of Braosv.

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Recommended places: Take some time out and visit Sergiana restaurant. Their food is utterly buttery delicious.

Dr. Jekelius – Pharmacy Cafe: Perfect ambiance. So is the drink.

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Festival 39: It is all about good ambiance and amazing crowd.

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Excellent climate and friendly people made me fall in love with this charming city. 🙂

Romanian Visa For Indian Travelers

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I can guide you on how to get a Romanian visa here.

Well, it is not easy for Indian tourists to get a Romanian visa notwithstanding the fact that the country is not yet part of the Schengen zone.

If you have an US/UK/Schengen visa, it might help you to get a tourist visa. If not, then expect the worst. If you are an individual and heading to Romania, then it is best to consult a travel agency. I will recommend Udaan India.

The information you get on the Romanian Embassy site is not sufficient.

I approached them with all valid documents, but they refused to accept it, saying I need a sticker on my visa application, which has to be generated electronically – a process only travel agents know. Besides, an invitation from your friend/family members is a must. Finally, I approached an agent and got my visa approved in 7 days.

So I would say it is better to approach a travel agent rather than depending on embassy officials.

Carolinenthor Castle

IMG_9762Planning a trip to Brasov?

If yes, then make sure you do not miss visiting this Carolinenthor Castle, though not quite famous among travelers. Also you would hardly find detailed information about this place.

My friend drove me to this place and I found few other travellers also exploring the castle. There was only one guard who spoke to us in Romanian and my friend happily translated for me. My friend told me that many newly wedding couples visit this place only to get clicked along with the beautiful scenes of the Castle.

And coincidentally I saw one couple posing before their hired photographer happily.
It will take 20-25 minutes to visit the entire castle and to reach there you have to hire a taxi, which is quite cheap in Brasov.

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Will you visit this place ?

When I Felt Hungry In Romania

And my Romania journey continues. Before a short trip to Lake Sfânta Ana, I told my good friend Lajos Berde that I am feeling hungry. And he promised to take me to a good restaurant 🙂  And he fulfilled his promise. 🙂 Welcome to Szekler Rest House  !

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Situated at Băile Tușnad, a town famous for its spas and mineral waters therapies, the Rest House is basically a Hungarian rest house-cum-restaurant.

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Delicious food, refreshing drinks and peaceful ambiance just made my day. The following images may give you an idea what a wonderful time I had being there.

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IMG_20150714_135158A delicious soup called Goulash but what exactly is Goulash ? Strongly recommended 🙂

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Noroc 🙂

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A local drink called Szilvapalinka. Alcohol content was more than 40% and it took me to heaven instantly 🙂

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All the images were shot by Xiaomi Mi 4.

Sighișoara – Why Are You So Pretty ?

My curiosity and excitement to see Europe was at extreme as it was my first trip to this part of the world.
I stayed in Brasov and paid a short trip to Sighisoara, a medieval town situated on the Tarnava Mare River in Mures County, Romania.

This small historic town, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is simply wondrous. One of the highlights of the town is its colorful buildings, surrounded by many cafes.
If you are planning to visit Romania, then your itinerary should include Sighișoara. The top attraction of the city is the Medieval Citadel, which is frequently visited by hundred of visitors everyday. It is a small town which anyone can explore by foot. I did it.
I took a bus from Brasov to Sighișoara and it took approximately two hours to reach there. I did not stay there and explored the town for two hours on foot.

“A piece of art” – my final words about this pretty town.

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