Barlad Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania
Barlad, Sights – Let’s Get Acquainted
If you happen to leaf through a travel guide about Romania, Barlad would normally not stir your curiosity. It is a small town, in Eastern Romania, in the county of Vaslui, more or less mid-way between the more important cities of Iaşi and Galaţi. Not even Romanians know very much about it, as it is not a popular destination for tourists choosing to visit Moldavia. However, this somewhat seclusion has meant a preservation of the flavor of the past in its people, buildings and habits.
Barlad, Sights – The City of Flowers
Even though Barlad Sights does not have any spectacular old buildings or famous museums to boast about, a visit to Barlad is still a lovely experience as there are flowerpots everywhere. People in Barlad have really made flowers a symbol for their town, as there is almost no pylon or square that has not been embellished with multi-colored flowers. Moreover, the flower shop Trandafirul (The Rose) has become some sort of a brand for Barlad, having various shops in the city and a larger greenhouse on the outskirts. The latter is more than a shop, having become a tourism destination in itself. You will definitely not regret visiting it as you will be greeted not only by smiling shop keepers and flowers but also by traditional furniture objects.
Barlad, Sights – What to Visit
If you are ever in Barlad, you should definitely take a stroll in the Public Garden, as it is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Moldavia. It dates back to 1834 and it is organized in a real oak and maple forest. Therefore, you can have the experience of walking on a forest path as though you were kilometers away from the city; you can do that because only the central alleys were paved, leaving an important part of the forest in its natural form.
While in the Public Garden, you can also pay a visit to the Zoo or relax for a while in the rest-area Poieniţa (Little Glade). Another important objective on Barlad Sights agenda is the Vasile Pârvan Museum, which was opened in 1914, with the aim of gathering as many cultural objects for the grand public. Nowadays, the museum is an important history lesson for those who step its threshold, exhibiting interesting artifacts from ancient to contemporary time.
If you happen to be in Barlad on Sunday morning, I would also recommend you a visit to the local market. The latter is, of course, adorned with flowers, and it is also the place to experience the spirit of the people in this town. Coming to the market on Sunday morning, sometimes after church, is like a tradition for them, which is why they are dressed at their best. More than buying things, this is an occasion to meet their friends, chat about the previous week and have a drink or a coffee. Seeing the relaxed and smiling faces of all these people performing their weekly ritual is nothing but a relaxing experience for you as well.
Since Barlad is only 2 hours from Iaşi, it would be a pity not to visit it. Make sure to read Iasi Travel Guide so as to know what to expect. You might do the same with Bucharest Travel Guide, as the right information is always helpful when visiting a foreign country.