I went on a lovely little holiday this weekend to Mamaia, a seaside resort on the Black Sea near to Constanta. We had a few days off school because of some bank holidays -yay! Of course, all of Romania had those days off work, so the train was pretty full! But all the passengers seemed to disperse quite well because, although the seaside resort of Mamaia was busy, it wasn’t anywhere near as crowded as it is in the summer holidays! Many Romanians think it’s too cold to swim in the sea at the moment, and yes, the sea was chilly, but not that cold! So, I had a lovely few days relaxing on the beach, swimming in the chilly sea and wandering around. Plus, I enjoyed the sea breeze – Bucharest is so hot and humid these days, but the coast is nice and cool!
My hotel was about 2km away from the main area of Mamaia where all the tourist shops, snack stands and restaurants are located, so I wandered along the beach or promenade every day to enjoy the atmosphere and eat pancakes… I also went on the cable car, to enjoy the lovely views of the sea and lake. Oh, and on the pier to admire the sunset!
It was a little strange going on holiday to the beach alone… waiters kept asking me, “are you waiting for your friends?” when I asked for a table for one, and I overheard groups of people looking at me and saying, “why would you go on holiday alone?”
Well, if my Romanian was better, I could have told them that it’s nice to go on holiday, to see and experience new things and enjoy a change of scenery every once in a while (plus I love the seaside!) And if your friends don’t/ can’t come with you, then it’s better to go alone than to not go at all! Who agrees?
The beach near my hotel.
All the tourist shops are squished into this area of Mamaia.
The sunsets were lovely! This photo was taken from the pier, I didn’t need to swim with my camera to take this photo!
Today I wandered along to the Bucharest Easter market after work and enjoyed looking around the stalls, at the giant Easter eggs and lovely crafts.
I know, I didn’t travel far this week… but it was a fun little excursion nonetheless!
I know, it was Saint Patrick’s Day on the 17th March… but today there was a special Saint Patrick’s day concert in a park in Bucharest with music and Irish dancing. Happy belated Saint Patrick’s Day! 😀
Please follow these links to watch my videos from the day.
This weekend, I went on on a church trip to Rasnov, another town in Transylvania. We did some lovely things there, like going on a walk to this canyon:
(See me, looking somewhat lost in the canyon!)
The road taken to Rasnov has plenty of stunning scenery, like this mountain:
And this fortress:
I love trips to the mountains!
Today is Martisor in Romania, which is the first day of spring here. We had lovely spring weather today (sunny and warm) and I really hope this weather stays like this now… All the snow has melted and I hope it won’t come back again until next winter!
On 1st March, it is traditional to give little trinkets, bracelets, brooches and so on to your female friends (men don’t get any, sorry men!) Here is a photo of me, enjoying all of my little Martisor gifts! People don’t usually wear all of their gifts like this, but I thought it was more fun to wear them all at once. 😊
I seem to go on quite a lot of little trips to Brasov… It’s not so far away from Bucharest and a it’s great place to go for a change of scenery!
Here are some photos from my trip there this weekend.
View of the old town
View of the mountain
View from the top of the mountain
The weather was good -sunny and a warm 8 degrees C, so we were able to sit outside enjoying the sunshine! We had blue skies and beautiful views of the town and surrounding mountains. It was a thoroughly lovely weekend!
So, more snow arrived in Bucharest-it is now knee deep! The parks look so lovely right now, here are a few park pictures for you to enjoy!
These Exquisite scenes have quite a good Ambience, don’t you think?