A few days later in Oradea, Romania
Last weekend I spent some time walking around in the city. I really enjoy my long walks here, partly because it gives me time to think about everything and partly because the area is always changing. I walked to a shopping center called Lotus which is about 1 1/2 hrs away from where I stay. They have been building the thing for the past few years and are finally done with it, I think. the place is super nicely done, pretty much like the malls in the US with a food court, cinemas, and lots of shops. You alomst forget that you are in Romania as outside on the street things are quite different.
I always find it amazing to see the expensive prices in the mall, and how people still buy... well it's usually at least full of people looking. On the other hand, I have seen many shops close because rent is too expensive, easily as high as in the larger cities of Germany. To my surprise though they always have new shops that immediately fill the empty lots, which tells you something about the availability of funding and the entrepreneurial spirit in this border town.
After strolling around in the mall and checking out the shops, I disappointedly went to have a coffee.... unreal, no shoes with a Euro size 46. I guess that's because all the shoes are made by Italian companies:)
Anyhow, I started walking back to my pad and decided to take a detour via the part of the city where my father's family had their house. Around the turn of the century this was a rich area in town, but later on many gypsys moved in and ran the place down pretty good. Anyhow, just a few years ago there were no real streets anymore and all houses looked like &%$&&.
Just a few years later, people are refurbishing all of the places, an the brand new streets, nice side walks and clean houses invite more people to move back into the area.
I passed the huge old family house with nostalgic emotions, thinking how nice the place must have been once, and then walked further down the road to find the church where I was baptised. I went inside and there was nobody, but I enjoyed this and spent a few moments inside having a little quiet time by myself (hard to believe that I enjoy quiet times sometimes:))
After leaving the church I was finally on my way back home following the Crisu river banks down through the city and back to my apartment. A wonderful walk, lots of diversity and plenty of interesting things to see.
One funny thing I saw on the way back was a group of adults with about 70 kids all wearing shirts with European stars on them and waving European flags, kind of reminding me of the communist times where people would go outside with flags and always trying to look happy
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Oradea, in the North-Western part of the country, very close to the Hungarian borderline, is one of the most significant Romanian cities, and is definitely among the most visited ones. Its location, its hilly surroundings and the nearby spa resorts, and of course the city’s rich architectural classics transmitting a taste of the atmosphere of past times, make Oradea an extremely popular destination for tourists. Oradea Sights – A Memorable Sightseeing Tour Like an Arad Travel Guide or a Timisoara Travel Guide, an Oradea Travel Guide would also take pride in the abundance of fine architectural pieces, being must-points in an... Read more »
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Another trip to Oradea - May 2, 2007, by MadSuh
Another trip to Romania and another trip away from good old Ravensburg. My trip was kind of weird, usually it's a no hassle quick trip as I take the airplane from Stuttgart or Munich to fly into Budapest and then a bus is waiting for me to... Read more »
The best restaurants in Oradea - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Oradea's medieval restaurant ‘Leonesse’, the first specifically medieval restaurant in Oradeaoffers a totally new alternative for gourmets and for those who are looking for a way to remark a special event. The two knights at the... Read more »
My trip to Oradea - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
I left Cluj with some sort of relieve. I did have a nice time there with grandad, but then it's still sometimes tiring to take care of a 96 year-old :) Anyway, I bought a first class InterCity ticket from Cluj to Orade, which is a 2 1/2... Read more »
Trasportation in Oradea - Apr 28, 2009, by erato
Oradea is a very nice town with many beautiful sights, however the local transportation is not the best. There are some newly bought Siemens trams but their lines do not cover the whole city. On the other hand taxis are affordable, they... Read more »
More on Oradea - May 18, 2007, by MadSuh
I guess I have a bit more of my impressions to share. Last week me and my partner went to see some land, quite interesting. I am sharing this because it reflects the economic situation of this country very well. There is no road yet and no... Read more »
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