Our friend and cicerone and her father prepared an excursion for us.
From Cluj-Napoca we took E-81 road to Turda, then road no. 75, following the river Aries. We passed Baia de Aries and Campeni, then Vadu Motilor and Albac. The intention was to cross Apuseni mountains and visit lakes Belis and Gilau on the way back to Cluj-Napoca.
At Albac, we changed our plans. Our friends have some friends there and we visited them. They welcomed us and offered their hospitality, inviting all of us to lunch. This was our best opportunity to try the local hand-made cuisine. They also showed us their house and their farm.
They rule a rural hotel, Pensiunea Lucica (see my tip on Judetul Alba).
Huedin is a town in Judetul Cluj, on the way to Oradea. The town was founded in the Middle Ages. From 1330 up until 1848, the landlords of the town were the Bánffy family. In 1526, Huedin became part of the Principality of Transylvania.
A beautiful Gothic Reformed Church, built in the 13th century, is the main touristic objective of Huedin.
Coming back from Ciucea we stopped at a village called Izvoru Crisului (Romanian) or Korosfo (Hungarian). The majority of the population is Hungarian. There are many craft shops along the road. The Reformed Church was built at the end of the 17th century. Awfully, it was closed when we arrived, at dusk.
Ciucea is a village on the road to Oradea. The main attraction is the Memorial house of Octavian Goga, a Romanian poet and politician. In the land of the house there is a nice orthodox church built in the 16th century that is worth a visit (in my opinion, more that the museum itself). Visit my page on Ciucea for more details.
As we had changed our plans the day before, and our friend had to work, we rented a car and travel on our own to the lakes. We took road E-60 to the west. At Gilau, we turned left and followed the road along the lakes Gilau and Tarnita, then we went up to Marisel. We entered the Natural Park Muntii Apuseni. Then we passed Fantanele and Belis, on the shore of the lake Belis.
On the way to Marisel the mountainsides are very steep, covered with fir trees. The temperature dropped as we went up, from 6ºC to -2ºC. Fortunately the snowfall would still wait some days and we could enjoy the day.
The Anti-Communist Resistance Monument (Monumentual Rezistentei Anitcomuniste) commemorates the victims of the Anti-Communist Resistance Movement in Cluj-Napoca.
It was unveiled on the 10th of June 2006.
The massive cube with a size of 6 x 6 x 6 metres was designed by the architect Salvanu Virgil.
The Anti-Communist Resistance Monument stands near the Parcul Central (Central Park) at the crossing of the streets Emil Isac and George Baritiu.
In front of the building of the National Theatre stand two statues, created to honouring for two great Romanian bards, which has a very important role into the national literature.
One of those is the Romanian star poet, Mihai Eminescu.
The other is Lucian Blaga, a great, talented poet that was very important for the Romanian people.
The complete artwork of the both poets is a great component of the spiritual capital of Romanians.
The rider statue of Mihai Viteazul is an important monument in Cluj-Napoca.
It is placed into the Mihai Viteazul Square and is surrounded from a small park.
The sculptor that has created the statue is Marius Butunoiu, and the monument was discovered into the year 1976.
On the Bas-relief of the foundation was shown the successes of Mihai Viteazul: the successful Turk fights and the union of the three Romanian provinces, in the year 1600.
The Georg statue is located in front of the Reformed Church; on the Kogalniceanu Street.
The monument is a copy after the model of Prague.
The sculptors, which created the original statue in Prague, were the two sculptor brothers Martin and Georg of Klausenburg.
The statue is 600 years old, and with that, the eldest bronze sculpture from Transylvania.
The statue was created by the sculptor Virgil Fulicea in the year 1975.
Baba Novac was a courageous general in the army of the Mihai Viteazul.
After the battle by Miraslau, in the year 1601, as the Mihai Viteazul was murdered, Baba Novac was caught and was killed, through inhuman procedures.
The monument was located exactly on the place where the cadaver of the general was.
The monument is the artwork of the sculptor Ion Vasiliu, and reminds of leaders of the Romanian peasants rebellion from 1784 to 1785.
The monument is to be found near of the railway station of Cluj-Napoca, in front of the hotel Sport.
The statue of Matei Corvin was created by the artist Janós Fadrusz in the year 1902.
The monument is to be found in the Unirii Square, in front of the St Michael Church, and is a very imposing making with a height of 12m.
The pedestal of the statue interprets a bastion of the wall of the Cluj fortress and it was realized by the sculptor Lajos Pákey.
The monument shows the rides statue of Matei Corvin surrounded from four statues of:
The statue, placed on the hero street, is the making of the Italian artist Ettore Ferari, and a donation of the Italian Stat for the Romanians.
Three such statues, three copies after the original that exist in Rome were given, as symbol for the Romanian's Latin roots.
On the 28 September 1921, this monument was discovered.
On the monument, was placed also a bas-relief of the Imperator Traian.
21 December 1989 boulevard... is one of the main streets... its called remembering a great day ..when Cauceascu Dictator fell down against the romanian people fed up with him
In this street is where you can see the main stores and malls the other one that cross 21Dec is gheorghe Doja that runs from the main train station and cross the river ...it was really sassy and lively day ..everybody in the street
The tram electric lineas and the buildings fronts melt in the skyfront of the city ... nice time to make shots. cluj is a lively city full of people .. mostly young people in the streets or gather in malls drinking coffee (really cheap) ..nice people looking at you with your rucksack quite surprised cos its not a famous or more touristic town