Targu Jiu Travel Guide

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Targu Jiu Things to Do

  • by levibg Written Aug 21, 2012

    Targu Jiu's most famous site is the central park with sculptures by Constantin Brancusi: the Table of Silence, Alley of Silence, the Gate of the Kiss, and the Infinite Tower. These sculptures were made in the 1930's as a memorial to those who died in the first world war.

    The shady park borders the Jiu River on one side and two main streets on the other. The Gate of the Kiss leads to Targu Jiu's pretty walking street, where you can drink a coffee or enjoy an ice cream by the fountain.

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    The Kissing Gate

    by Mique Written Feb 11, 2005

    In a park alongside the Jiu river you can find the Kissing Gate and the Table of Silence. This park is an easy walk from the cetnre of Targu Jiu.
    The Endless Column can be found in another park. Aparently all the monuments are aligned but the Endless Column is so far away, one can't tell.

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Targu Jiu Restaurants

  • by levibg Written Aug 21, 2012

    In summer, the upstairs terrace is a pretty place to eat, and watch dumpster divers, if that's your thing. Don't expect the waitress to fawn over you.

    No really, the waitress will bring you what you want, the terrace is pleasant, and you can watch the world go by.

    But the real reason we come here again and again is the pizza. As you walk through the downstairs entry, stop to look at the big clay oven where pizzas bake in a matter of minutes. Breathe in the scent of fresh-baked dough. The pizza arrives: paper-thin crusts, a dab of sauce, a sprinkle of cheese...simple pizza you'll crave for days after tasting it.

    Favorite Dish: We usually get Pizza Hawaii, since that's a favorite that's not always available in Romanian pizzerias. If you want to savor the taste of the wonderful crust and sauce, get the Pizza Margherita. Finish up with a coffee; theirs is good.

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Targu Jiu Warnings and Dangers

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    by mingul Written Mar 27, 2008

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    Definetely bring anything you have against mosquitos. Or at least ask your hotel if they have any kind of protection there. This is the place where I have met some of the biggest and noisiest mosquitos during my entire life. So beware! You have been warned.

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Targu Jiu Off The Beaten Path

  • by levibg Written Aug 21, 2012

    The Cave of the Wives/Women, so named because women found refuge here while their husbands were engaged in warfare, is located in Galbenului Gorge, so it's worth the drive in there. Galbenului Gorge is three kilometers from Baia de Fier, in the northeast part of Gorj County.

    We've never met a cave we didn't like, and this was no different. At one point everyone had to walk twenty feet or so in a deep squat, which set some of us laughing hysterically, and which made me wonder if you'd be allowed to go through that particular spot in an American cave. Three cheers for less-safety-obsessed Romania.

    Another Romanian facet to the visit: after exiting the cave, we had at least a twenty minute walk back to our vehicles, along the road, no signs of instructions. So informal and typically Romanian; we loved it.

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    by mingul Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another beautiful cave in the district of Gorj is Pestera Muierilor. This is a cave full of history as it is believed that in ancient times when men went to war the women and children sheltered there. Also a lot of ancient skeletons of various animals have been discovered inside.

    The plan of the cave is one of stunning beauty and for cave lovers it will surely be a treat.
    However be careful as the cave has some very thin corridors and it can become a less satisfying experience for claustrophobic or elder people.

    There may be guides to buy at the site of the cave but I am not sure of local guides speaking any foreign language.

    Also please note that the exit of the cave is different from the entrance so you will get outside on the other side of the hill. You will have to walk up to 1km to reach back your car/bus.

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    by mingul Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    In Polovragi, a remote village in the district of Gorj you can visit the nice monastery of Polovragi and also the magnificent Polovragi Cave. You can also take a stroll along the river Oltet in an area of stunning landscape.

    You can reach Polovragi easily by car driving on DN 67 (Tg.-Jiu - Rm. Vâlcea). It is about 50km from Tg.-Jiu and 60km from Rm. Vâlcea.

    There may be guides to buy at the site of the cave but I am not sure of local guides speaking any foreign language.

    The cave is very tall so this will be an easy walk for most of the tourists. However beware of some sections that might be a bit slippy.

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