Arbore, the painted monastery of Suceava

Arbore, the painted monastery of Suceava

Arbore Monastery is located about 30 kilometers from the city of Suceava, Romania. The building was built in the beginning of the 16th century by a man called Luca Arbore, who was a gatekeeper of Suceava during the reign of Stefan cel Mare. Arbore has defended the fortress during Polish attacks in 1497 and later right near his residence he built this monastery which for the purpose to use it as a cemetery and family chapel. Before the painting of the monastery was completed Arbore and his son... [ read more ]

Team building in Vatra Dornei

Team building in Vatra Dornei

This resort is the ideal destination to escape the routine of the traditional tourist routes. The landscapes and tourist routes are approached from another angle, using other physical abilities than mere walking. This new perspective is quite unique. For this post, I thought of writing about activities of team building in Vatra Dornei. There are so many exciting things you could try that I’m sure this is going to be a most thrilling holiday! Climb hobby - Alpine Rock Dorna 1 (climbing, de... [ read more ]

Most interesting traditions in Bucovina

Most interesting traditions in Bucovina

Nothing better defines the spirit of Bucovina as its ancient traditions. Every country has fascinating traditions and I believe everywhere you will go, people will say that theirs are the most captivating traditions in the whole world. And it may very well be so but there’s something about Bucovina that you will not find elsewhere, namely more people willing to respect and live by their ancestors’ traditions. Better yet, they don’t see it as an obligation but a means to embellish even th... [ read more ]

Where to stay in Bucovina

Where to stay in Bucovina

You must be wondering by now when I will present something about the accommodation conditions in this lovely Romanian region. Well, the time has come for this, too. It will be an easy task, I admit, because there are many beautiful and interesting places where to stay in Bucovina, so that no one could be disappointed. Accommodation tips If you are not accustomed with the Romanian style when accommodation is concerned, I will inform you briefly: hotels, motels (which you are familiar with) ... [ read more ]

Top museums in Bucovina

Top museums in Bucovina

Bucovina, as a region, corresponds approximately to Suceava County and includes only the southern part of historical Bucovina (the northern part remained on the territory of Ukraine). The lands of Bucovina uncover pages of history, ancient traditions and customs, monuments, unique and specific crafts, medieval fortresses and so on. The area is famous for its churches and monasteries with unique interior and exterior paintings. You can easily imagine then, that Bucovina, such a culturally rich ... [ read more ]

Best mountain tours in Suceava County

Best mountain tours in Suceava County

I have already told you that the county of Suceava is one of the most beautiful mountain regions in Romania so it goes without saying that it’s also a perfect place to go hiking. The Rarau-Giumalau Mountains have a vast network of marked (or that are going to be marked) tourist routes that allow crossing the area in all directions and thus becoming familiar with it and with all the beauties of the mountain scenery and tourist sights along it. These being said, let’s not waste any more time... [ read more ]

6 reasons to visit Gura Humorului

6 reasons to visit Gura Humorului

This city is placed in the geographical center of Suceava County, in an inner mountain depression formed at the confluence of the stream Humor with the river Moldova, 36 km from Suceava. The average height of the depression is 460 meters, being surrounded by mountains whose height reaches 833 meters. It’s a very nice, picturesque little town with much to offer. Here are 6 reasons to visit Gura Humorului… The Humor and Voronet monasteries The most representative monuments of medieval Mo... [ read more ]

Top 5 natural reserves in Suceava

Top 5 natural reserves in Suceava

There are 21 natural reserves in Suceava, grouped in four categories: floristic, sylvan, geologic and hybrid. That means that you have where to choose from, that you can really enjoy nature and all its wonders as they deserve to. Though they are so many, let’s focus on top 5 natural reserves in Suceava and see where that leads us, shall we? 12 Apostoli (12 Apostles) The group of rocks which form the reserve includes fantastic sculptures such as the figure of a bearded old man, of a bear ... [ read more ]

Best restaurants in Bucovina

Best restaurants in Bucovina

This city lies in one of the most picturesque areas in Romania so you can easily imagine that when it comes to food tradition is the main norm. Though anywhere in Romania you will find luxurious restaurants boasting high quality international cuisine, it is difficult not to recommend at first those which are centered on traditional Romanian dishes. Whenever I visit a new place, tasting its traditional food brings me closer to the people and culture of that particular place. So, as far as the b... [ read more ]

Top 5 monasteries in Suceava County

Top 5 monasteries in Suceava County

In the sixteenth century, when the pressure of the Ottoman armies on the Moldovan state was at its highest and the Hungarians tried, at the request of the Pope, to impose Catholicism in this area, local artists found the simplest and most direct way to preserve their orthodox traditions. In only 20 years, they covered the walls of these five churches with a veritable ‘illustrated Bible’. In a period when Michelangelo himself appreciated that frescoes were the most difficult and daring pain... [ read more ]