Romania 2017: Buna Ziua Cluj-Napoca!

By Ruben
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – Towards the end of the five hour bus ride from Sibiu, the bus turned a corner revealing a magnificent view of my next destination: Cluj-Napoca, which has 324,576 inhabitants, making it Romania’s second largest city. So, thinking of how to start this post, the first thing I did when I had borrowed a bike (from the hostel I stayed at) the following afternoon, was go back there to make some pictures. I actually went there twice, because it was raining when I got there the first time. As you will see on the pictures, Cluj has rather a strange climate in the summer. The day starts with nice weather, and grows continuously hotter until about 1 p.m., when it starts raining. It then rains for a few hours, leaving the city veiled and steaming for a while before the evening turns wonderfully clear (I asked someone about this, and he said it was normal).

Click on the image below to view this post as a full-screen slideshow.

1. The road to Turda, a town just outside Cluj which I had passed on the bus from Sibiu
2. Cluj has a similar setting to Liège (I like cities with this kind of setting!), though the difference in elevation is quite a lot bigger (between 340-690 meters, I only discovered this later using a google maps app, it wasn’t more difficult to get around by bike). The center is hidden from view to the left of this picture
4. There are a lot of new developments in boom town Cluj-Napoca
5. A more Transylvanian view towards the outskirts
6. Welcome to Cluj-Napoca. I later found out that this neighbourhood is called Buna Ziua, which means ‘good day’ (as in ‘hello’)
7. The construction site of the new Greek-Catholic Cathedral at the bottom of the hill
9. Cluj-Napoca has a few big communist-era housing projects. I think the architecture of some of them is quite interesting, but didn’t make any pictures of it except for this one near the Greek-Catholic Cathedral

I will now show you the hill on the opposite (= northern) side of town during the veiled and steaming part of the late afternoon.

10. It was too veiled for good pictures when I was going up the hill, which is why I’ll start with this photo of the abrupt edge of town
11. Looking the other way from the same spot
13. Cluj has two football teams, one of them very successful but which no-one from Cluj likes, and the other unsuccessful but the “team of the people” (at least according to someone I spoke to). The more successful team nonetheless has the older stadium you can see here on the citadel hill (which hides the centre from view), while the other has the hyper-modern Cluj Arena, which I will show you later
15. The streets of this neighbourhood look quite similar to some of Liège’s suburbs
16. Though the houses are in a more central-European style
18. A wooden church (which was partly hidden behind a high gate)
19. There are a few kinds of modern architecture in Romania. One of them is the playmobil style, which many people will be shocked to hear I quite like
20. Like in the rest of Romania, there are people selling things on the street in various places in Cluj. This is opposite the main bus station (where I had arrived the previous afternoon)
21. The bus station is situated next-to the white building on the left, across the tracks from the railway station

In the next post, I will show you the big streets of central Cluj-Napoca.

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