During the winter holidays, the streets of Focsani are full of Christmas lights. Practically on every important street in the town you drive under a sea of lights.
Some say this effort is due to the megalomania of the authorities.
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Unirii(Union) Square is the central square of the city and an important meeting point for many, from teenagers to grandparents going for a walk with their nephews.
The obelisk in the center of the square is dedicated to the Union of Moldova and Muntenia in 1859, the most important historical event for this city, since Focsani used to be on the border of the two provinces.
To the left in the picture is the City Hall, and to the right "Sf. Ioan" Church.
Well if you got to Focsani, you might as well take a walk through the town, and since you did that , it's very possible that you walk through Unirii Park.
It is a bowery park, rather small and always crowded. In the autumn, it is the site of the Wine festival. This event leaves the park in a mess for several days, but for the rest of the year it's a rather clean park.
In the picture you can see Culture House, situated in a corner of the park.
Seriously damaged by the earthquake of 1977, the theater was closed for more than 15 years for renovation works. Last year it finally opened and plays are once again put in act on its scene.
Unfortunately I don't have any inside pictures, but people who have been inside told me that they were very pleased with what they saw.
In front of the theater stands the statue of Major Gheorghe Pastia, the founder of the theater.
There's a wine festival every year around November 1st.
A lot of house made wine. The local wine merchants set tents in the central park of Focsani. You can also taste a romanian(as far as I know) meat speciality, called "mici".
The prices are cheap. The quality ranges from awful to pretty good. Some wines may seem tasteful, but give you headaches the next day. That is mostly because there is much new wine, from the year's production. Also, some merchants mix the wine with chemicals, in primitive atempts of decreasing the wine's price.
There's a see of people in the park during the three or four days of the festival. Romanian pop and so called rock bands have concerts in the plaza next to the park. Don't get fooled, it's not live. The smell of "mici" is everywhere. Also, hygiene isn't a plus for this event.
I don't really like it. And there is an infinitely small chance that foreign tourists could find themselves in Focsani around November 1st. If this happenes though, give it a try, but bring a romanian friend too.
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