Deva, Hunedoara County, Romania.
My name is Kevin, originaly born in Nottingham, England raised on the west coast of Ireland in Castlebar, County Mayo, I served over 21 years in the Irish Defence Forces including time with the United Nations in South Lebanon.
I am now married and living in Deva, Hunedoara, Romania.
My first visit to Romania was in 2000, at the time I was living in Kempten (Allgäu) Bavaria, I came on a holiday with a friend who lived in nearby Brad (famous for its Gold Museum) about 20km from Deva, it was in September and it was very hot.
The first thing that struck me was the friendliness and hospitaly offered by the locals, they had very little, but were willing to share all.
I found them down to earth and very honest. There is some negative press about Romanians, but dont believe all you read in the newspapers.
Deva is dominated by its Citidel, built on the old long extinct & extinguished cone of a volcano, over one thousand six hundred plant species exsist on this site (designated a National Park site) as well as a species of Sand-Adder, while its bite is posioness, you can visit many times without even seeing one, however care must be taken when visiting with very young children, it is not advisable to go putting your hands into any rocky outcrops.
Access to the citidel is by a funicular railway car which gives a panaromic view of the town, for those seeking a little light exercise its possible to take the circular winding track to the Citidel.
It is in ruins the result of an explosion in a powder magazine in the late 1800s but offers a fine view along the Mures river flood plains looking toward Simeria.
At the Citidel base, near the town park, is the Roman Museum, currently undergoing restoration, and which houses many remenents of Roman sculpture and carved stonework, in a nearby building is a small Natural history museum, nearby are Resturants and Bars.
The citadel in Deva
From Targu Jiu i went by personal train to Deva. Havening to change trains in Petrosani. It was a beautiful first part by train. Right through the mountains in all their splendid colours. Very very nice and enjoyable. I had teamed up with 2 women since i needed to go on the right train. And in Targu Jiu someone from the station had made sure i knew whom i should follow. It was fun. I do speak very basic romanian but these women kept talking and talking. Luckily not very often directly at me so with nodding and smiling at the right moments i got very far..
The second part from Petrosani to Deva was less fun. It was dark by then so not much to see. In Deva one of the women was still there. And she and a taxi driver had a whole conversation on which place in Deva was the cheapest to stay in. So he took me to a motel a little outside Deva where i got a very nice and comfortable room. Just next to a very busy road. But i didn't care about that too much. They had hot showers and that alone makes my day.
The next day i got back to the station where i put my heavy backpack in storage. And then i went of to climb Citadel Hill. It took me a while to find the path. And yes, i must admit i ignored several don't pass - path under reconstruction signs. But since a few people in front of me kept going as well, i though i might do the same. And if the path would be impossible to follow, i could always turn back..
So i had a nice walk through the woods. Nothing very spectacular but it was nice. On top of the hill, i got to the citadel. It looked very impressive and according to the man who was at work there, i could enter it as well. But the 'stairs' leading up to it looked well not like any stairs i'd seen before. Very unstairlike and not very solid. Apart from having large junks that were missing in the stones. No, i thought. Better not risk it. So i went back down. Following a different path this time.
And at the bus station i took a bus to Hunedoara