Brussels Journals

Roadtrip to Romania

A November 1996 trip to Brussels by melissa_bel

Budapest, Hungary Photo, Budapest, Hungary More Photos
Quote: A 2-week road trip from Brussels to Bucharest, followed by a grand circle of Transylvania. Some of my classmates and I got involved in an exchange programme with the University of Bucharest (our Romanian friends then visited us the following spring).

Matthias Church (Matyas Templon)

Attraction | "Mathias Church, Budapest"

Quote:
We only had 1 day in Budapest and didn’t know exactly where to go (we didn't really plan to stop). First stop was Mathias Church (or MÁTYÁS TEMPLOM), a beautiful church located in the Castle District. Officially, the Church is dedicated to Our Lady but it's been named after Mathias, one of the most famous and loved figures of Hungarian monarchy. It had a tumultuous story and was even converted to a mosque during Ottoman rule. Although the outside is Gothic in style, the interior has a surprising Byzantine flair with its mosaics.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Matthias Church (Matyas Templon)
Szentharomsag Ter 2 Castle Hill, District I
Budapest, Hungary 1014
36 1 355 5657

Gellert Baths

Attraction | "The Bath"

Quote:
Budapest is known for its thermal bath and the Gellért is the oldest in town. This lovely Art Nouveau hotel will put you in the mood for some serious relaxation! When we went there, it was the "men's day" so we couldn't use the steam room (the pool is coed), so an employee gave us some direction to another bath where us ladies could use the steam room and it was a blast. A short tram ride away, the little bath we went to was really where ordinary Hungarians go take care of themselves. I wish I remembered the name. First, we had to get undressed and the employee gave us those pieces of cloth that really don't hide anything. After the first moment of embarrassment, we got rid of them. Being embarrass...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Gellert Baths
Kelenhegyi ut, 4-6
Budapest, Hungary 1118
+36 1 466 6616

Scars of 1956

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Budapest, Hungary Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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If things have not changed, as you walk in the city, you may notice some buildings with bullet holes in them. These are remainings of the doomed uprising of 1956 when Prime Minister Imre Nagy tried to put an end to the one-party state, put economical reforms on the table and make Hungary a neutral state. That didn't go well with the Soviet authorities and in November, Soviet tanks rolled in and brutally suppressed the insurgency despite the call of Mr. Nagy to the international community to intervene (it happened at the same times as the Suez Canal crisis). Hundreds of Hungarians were executed (among them Mr. Nagy), thousands thrown in jail and hundreds of thousands left the country. The Hung...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

The Great Synagogue

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The Great Synagogue Photo, Brussels, Belgium
Quote:
The Great Synagogue, or NAGY ZSINAGÓGA, is the largest in Europe. Before World War II, Hungary had a large Jewish population and this mid-19th-century building, with its Byzantine towers and Moorish atmosphere, was a tribune to this thriving community. It was in bad shape, but thanks to donations from all over the world, it was about to open when we were there. We didn't go in but looked at the exterior and got a look to the cemetery, where you can clearly see that tombstones that have been desecrated have been put lovingly back again.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

The Great Synagogue
Dohány u. 2-8
Brussels, Belgium

Merry Cemetery

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Attraction | "Merry Cemetery. Romania"

Merry Cemetery Photo, Sapanta, Romania
Quote:
In the north of Romania, by the Ukrainian border, lies the small town of Sapinta. It looks like any other village of the Maramures region... if it wasn't for its cemetery. The Maramures, one of the last untouched areas of Europe, has an abundance of trees, and woodcarving has become an art. You'll see many fine gates and churches made of wood during your travel. Sapinta has its cemetery. Shortly before the war, a certain Ion Stan Patras decided to carve his own cross. The main colour was blue (colour of infinity, eternity and peace), adorned with colourful ornaments in red and yellow) and at the center, a medallion representing himself. Soon enough, the village inhabitants requested his services. The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2004

Merry Cemetery

Sapanta, Romania

Timisoara Sights & Attractions

Attraction | "Visit Timisoara"

Timisoara Sights & Attractions Photo, Timisoara, Romania
Quote:
Timisoara is without the shadow of a doubt, the most Western city in Romania, geographically and in spirit. Located in the Banat region, near the Hungarian border, this bustling town was where the revolution of 1989 started in the Protestant Church of reverend Laszlo Tokes. The city has a mixed population: Romanians and Hungarians for the most part but also Serbs, Slovaks... all living in harmony which is a big feat in a country where strained relations between ethnic groups is very common. Timisoara was one of the first to go head on toward the Western way of life and you'll notice it just by walking down the street. It has many gardens and has a vibrant cultural life. On Victory Square (Piata Vi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

Timisoara Sights & Attractions
Throughout Timisoara
Brussels, Belgium

Arad Wineries

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Arad and its wineries"

Arad Wineries Photo, Brussels, Belgium
Quote:
Just 30 minutes away from Timisoara lies Arad, the other big city in the area. Arad seemed in dire need of reconstruction when we were there, but we didn't get to spend too much time in town, as we visited the Arad Vineyard. Romania is not really known for its wine, but grapes and wine have always been a big part of people's lives here. In the countryside, wherever the climate is suitable, you'll find that almost every house has its own grapes and makes its own wine. This part of Romania, known as the Banat, is quite hilly and suitable to grow grapes. A short ride out of town is the Arad vineyard. A very French-looking Manor welcomes us, and the Maitre-de-chaix and his wife will do t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2005

Arad Wineries
Outskirts of Arad
Brussels, Belgium

Our accommodations

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Once arrived in Romania, we have stayed in the most diverse accommodations ever! From a barn to a chalet, to an abandoned boarding school floor to a monastery... Bucharest: At Radu and his mom's apartment. Radu is one of the students who take part to the student exchange programme, and Anne and I, who are the smallest of them all, end up staying with Radu, who is the tallest of them all (2,07 meters, yikes). Radu lives in those grey projects buildings that are so common in Bucharest. He lives on the 10th floor with his mom, who is divorced (and according to Radu, one of the first couples to divorce after the fall of Ceaucescu). We'll be sleeping in Radu's bedroom but advise us that, because the...Read More