Wednesday 18 April 2012

Romania Day 1

First of all thank you all for your lovely comments and wishes on my previous blog post!
Are you ready for a heavy photo loaded post!
Hubby and I decided to follow the Teachers' Association on a very reasonably priced road trip to Romania.  I had never been there and hubby had been there 39 years ago so we really wanted to go having the added initiative of having relatives there too.
We started on the Saturday before Palm Sunday of the Greek Orthodox Easter.
The first day was a very long road trip of 14 hours with lots of short stops across Bulgaria.
Although the majority of the photos show beautiful landscape our total experience of Bulgaria wasn't the best. People are very poor and their villages and houses are so ugly. Still the green plains and the wonderful skies made the photos really beautiful!

We started very early in the morning under a full moon. We passed the fog covered plains of Thessaloniki and we entered Bulgaria when the sun started rising.Hence I took no photos inside Greece.

 A strange building near Sofia,the capital of Bulgaria.

 At the suburbs of Sofia.

During a stop in Bulgaria. Hubby took this photo which must be one of the best I was ever taken! I love it,its colours and the sunshine on me. The purple butterfly on my neck was an in-bus purchase, a makrame pendant made by one of our colleagues.

Reaching the Romanian border.

Passing the Danube and the border in Ruse to reach Romania at last. Bucharest was quite near.

 Change of scenery.
After a great dinner at the hotel we went to the city centre and met my cousin Kalliopi and her husband Sorin, architects, who live and work there. You can find them at skaarchitects.
Their office is in the attic over the Van Gogh cafe in the old city centre of Lipscani.

As I have mentioned before I only show gifts I give in special occasions and when they are handmade. So this is something I made for Kalliopi and Sorin and their new life in Bucharest.


Lisa said...

Wow great trip and pictures. What does the number 1300 stand for in one of the pictures? also alot of people eat outside there it looked kinda cold was it? I am taking a 14 hour drive this May to Myrtle Beach South Carolina with hubby and 3 kids in the car. Yikes should be fun!!!!

Unknown said...

Nice photo of you, the colours suit you!

dulcinella said...

seems like a very interesting trip. And yes,people are very poor there. over here there are in a lot of communities charity groups for Romania. You made a lovely hand made gift!