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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You can start your sightseeing tour at the very symbol of the city: Oradea’s Fortress. The beginnings of the pentagonal Fortress date back to the 11th century, when it was erected, initially to defend a Virgin Saint Mary monastery. Later, the Fortress gave home to the Roman-Catholic Bishopric of Oradea, and became the religious, political, military and administrative centre of the town, being renown and frequently visited by kings and other important personalities from the middle-European history, serving even as burial place for many of these honorary persons. Though the Fortress of Oradea had been seriously affected by numerous... Read more »
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Great food and the best clubs in Oradea - Apr 28, 2009, by erato
In terms of nightlife: you can start with a good dinner in Cyrano on the main street, Black Rose near the center on Avram Iancu street or Chicken House on Iuliu Maniu street. However the best Quattro Formaggi pizza what I ever ate can be... Read more »
Oradea for high budget travelers - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Oradea – Best hotel Hotel Continental Dacia in Oradea has a total of 170 rooms, out of which 9 are apartments and its facilities include a bar, a public Internet terminal, a restaurant, a car park, an outdoor swimming pool and many... Read more »
Da Vinci exhibiton in Oradea - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions resurrect in a small Transylvanian village. Lajos Antal lives in Hegykozkovacsi (Cauaceu in Romanian), a small village in Bihor County, Romania. He is a carpenter and woodcarver craftsman and for over... Read more »
Carnival of Flowers in Oradea - Jun 30, 2009, by angel
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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 »
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