Believe it our not the Romanians don’t know much about the book Dracula and it was only translated into Romanian a few years ago. Most Romanians focus on their beautiful country that is bordered on the south by the gentle currents of the Danube River, the deep forests in the mountainous regions and the never ending green landscapes throughout the country. The countryside is dotted with impressive castles and thousands of years of history. Romania is quickly becoming a popular Eastern European travel destination with visitors arriving from around the world.
Romania became noticed during the 1976 Olympic Games when gymnast Nadia Comaneci captured the world’s hearts. Romanians are a proud people full of personality and easy to excite. They are a melting pot of cultures including the colorful gypsies with their unique ways of life. There are horse drawn carts and modern cities, sometimes in the same place. There are historic cities from World War II including Ploiesti where bombing raids by Allied B-24’s cut off the important oil supply to the Germans.
There are 13 National Parks and the delta where the Danube empties into the Black Sea is protected and is home to many species of birds and animals. On the Black Sea there are resort towns with inviting beaches warmed by the summer sun. In the winter there is skiing on the mountains above the resort city of Sibiu in central Romania.
In Romania you can feel, see, taste and experience the culture that has formed over thousands of years. You will see poor peasants and modern businesses, you will learn about the plight of the gypsies and their struggles to survive. Your visit to Romania will enrich you and acquaint you with this former Communist country that is embracing freedom.
To visit Romania you can fly into the capital of Bucharest, take a River Cruise down the Danube River; take a land tour of Eastern European Countries or on a stop on a Black Sea cruise. Romania is a wonderful country filled with historic castles, genuine people and incredible scenery. Just make sure to take a little garlic and a wooden stake just incase the story of Dracula is true!
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Gary Sorensen is a Regional Manager for Morris Murdock Travel. For all of your travel information see Morris Murdock Travel in Bountiful at 320 W. 500 S. or call 295-9443.