Our next destination was Sapanta. Leaving Satu Mare behind, we passed through pretty undulating farm land that had been worked by either Horse and plough or with a Tractor. Hills were behind the cultivated land making this quite a scenic drive. Around here, we saw many farms, Horse & carts, small Villages and quite a few Churches.
The distance is approx. 85kms, but you need to allow approx. 1.5 hours because of the condition of the road.
If you haven't any Romanian Leu like we didn't, don't worry, as there are ATM machines in the City centre. What I liked about them, was they way a cover surrounded you, making it a lot safer than withdrawing money in the open.
The Bank to look for that has the machines is the RAIFFEISEN BANK. There are quite a few locations.
Favorite thing: The "New City Center" is a huge project from the time of the communist regime in Romania that was suppose to give an whole new look for the center of Satu Mare. In the 80'ies, many streets that were located between the Somes river and the Liberty square were totally destroyed and replaced by a typical Romanian Communist town center. It was full of blocks and enormous public facilities such the City Hall, the Culture Center and the Somesul department store. So much concrete have never been seen in that region I believe... that area was suppose to be the pearl of Satu Mare... well, the reality is different.... the highrise city hall lost its color and became grey, the fountain in the square is out of use for many years now and the citizens accually dont come here almost because almost all the social life is in the old center, at the Liberty sqaure. Anyway, the project is not a total disappointment... many banks are located at the New Center, and the headquarters of "Traom" and "CFR" are also there, its a central place with big potential so maybe in the coming years it will get back its lost glory.
"Mihai Eminescu" collage is the oldest and most prestigious highschool in Satu mare. I was firdst opened in 1630, when Satu Mare as stil used as na citadel.
The current building was built in 1912, according to plans of Henric Kota. Its started operating under "Mihai Eminescu" name at 1919, after the unity of Romania with Transilvania.
Fondest memory: That is the place where my father learned in his highschool years.... its a nice school.