Suceava can be used as a base to visit the painted monasteries in Bucovina, had I not hired someone to take us around, I probably would have based my visit out of the Best Western in Gura Humorului which was closer to what we wanted to see.
You can walk from Putna to...
You can walk from Putna to Sucevita, however the marked trail as described in the Lonely Planet DOES NOT EXIST, which is a bit of a pain in the ****. Here's how it's done: Walk past Daniel's cave, heading away from Putna and sticking to the main dirt road until you pass all the houses. Keep going until you come to and pass another v. small hamlet, then about 700m or so past this you will pass an enclosure with 2 large buildings (and 2 huge dogs!) in it. Just after this you will see another dirt road leading off to the left, over a small stream. This is the track that leads to Sucevita.
Natural history museum / city park
We didn't actually get to visit this museum but obviously there is also the information office inside. The museum is located at the edge of the city park. Across the street there is some government building. Also further up the street there is a EU monument with all the flags.
Suceava City in the Spring
"A Taste of Eastern European Life"
Suceava is a big small town and full of character. People walk the streets because cars and gas are expensive. In some places, large concrete apartment buildings hug the the sky in rows of conformity. And deep inside the neighborhoods are small playgrounds, pubs where men gather to discuss life, women carrying plastic bags of groceries and dogs lounging on the stubble remains of what used to be called sidewalks. Often, you run into a friend along the way, and stop for coffee or a two hour lunch.
I am sure I am not the only American female in Suceava but it feels like it is so, and the only English I hear spoken is from B grade movies on the tv. Most people here, however, are very intelligent and will help you as much as possible.
Food is an entirely different subject. Spring is the best here. Fresh vegetables are abundant and when people invite you into their homes, they expect you to eat. No matter how poor they may be, hospitality is very important. The local dishes can be anything from chicken in cream sauce, to cabbage salad, tomatoes and sheep cheese, french bread, salami, ham, or mashed potatoes and garlic. And also, everyone has a house wine, and sometimes you juggle three different drinks on the table along with your cup of coffee.
BUCOVINA MONASTERIES,a must
"a few words about history,to understand"
moldavia,15th century,had to resist against the turks.
stephan the great (1457-1504) stimulated the faith and patriotism anti ottoman,building monasteries and sanctuaries.
petru rares (1530-1547) transformed the monasteries into illustrated bibles and epic chronicles to strike the warlike peasants with imagination.
the monasteries look vaguely like pagodas and stand in pleasant villages of nice wooded houses with strengh and attractive colors.
if you are in a hurry and have to choose:at least,visit moldovita and sucevita!