Tag: City trips

By Ruben Alexander

Art Nouveau Oradea

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – While Cluj-Napoca is the most varied city I visited on this trip to Romania, and therefore my favorite, the most beautiful were undoubtedly Sibiu and Oradea. Sibiu is special for being a well preserved medieval town, but Oradea (the capital of Bihor county, pop.: 196,367), is special for another reason that I think…

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By Ruben Alexander

Timișoara

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – Situated on the plain near the borders with Hungary and Serbia, Timișoara – where I arrived at the airport and spent two nights – is a university town of 320,000. It is called Temesvar in Hungarian, Timisvar in Serbian, and a variation on the theme in various other languages. Pictures made on 2017-07-16….

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By Ruben Alexander

Lisbon

PORTUGAL – The capital of Portugal is a magnificent city. But having visited it after Portugal’s even more spectacular second city, Porto, I found it much more ordinary and less exotic. I would probably have made many more pictures of Lisbon if I had visited it first. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it,…

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By Ruben Alexander

Balkans 2007, Part 5 – Bucharest

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Balkans 2007

ROMANIA – Also known as the Paris of the east, Bucharest could also be called the Pyong Yang of the west, the Rome of the new world, or the Buones Aires of the old world (not that I have ever been to Pyong Yang or Buones Aires). Or it could also just be called Bucharest. It has both the allure of the capital of a (surprisingly new) ancient empire …

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By Ruben Alexander

Balkans 2007, Part 2 – Bosnia

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Balkans 2007

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Though I’d like to, it is impossible to write a post about this region without mentioning the 1991-1995 Yugoslav war, the worst war in Europe since 1945. This is only increased by actually remembering seeing our next destination, Mostar, being shot to pieces on TV news only a decade and a half earlier. And indeed, the scars of war seemed much fresher in Bosnia than they did in Croatia.

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