Monday, 20 August 2012


This city has been home for the past 2 years. I've come to love it as it is, with the goods and the bads, trying to find its beauty in the everyday rush. Being away for a while, only to return for a couple of days before going away for an even longer time made me realize how much I am going to miss my life here, my friends, the buildings, the streets...I feel so homesick and I haven't even left yet. 
Stravopoleos street and the CEC building
 the backyard of the Stravopoleos monastery

beautiful old buildings in the historical center
empty café in the morning
florăria lipscani & the window from thomas antiques (two of my favorite places in the city)


I never imagined leaving would be so damn hard. Gosh, I can't wait to come back.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Cluj Napoca in bits and pieces

I am really nostalgic about the days I spent in Cluj at the beginning of August when I went to see the lovely Ștefania and Elfride. The city is really beautiful and I had a great time walking through the streets, getting soaked by rain, laughing and enjoying every moment.
Oh, and please check Ștefania's blogpost about our adventures, here.

 I felt like I was in a novel, very early in the morning, on my way to Cluj. there's something surreal about watching the sunrise from the train.
after an 8 hour train ride, I finally arrived in Cluj. as I got there, taking the first steps though the streets, I was captivated by the beautiful old buildings in the center, and especially the central hotel...
...and the other beautiful buildings in the Unirii Square.
as I wondered through the almost empty streets with Ștefania, we came across a hauntingly beautiful empty café
and some amazing old houses from a beautiful neighborhood.
towards the end of our walk, we returned to the city center, where we encountered more beautiful buildings...
...and ended our first day by watching the sunset in the square in front of the beautiful Cathedral and talking about our dreams. :)

in the morning of the second day, I walked around the city and came across the very bohemian Bistro Viena...

and then across some beautiful doors with which I have a little obsession to photograph... well as I do with balconies and windows. :)
back in the city center, as I went to meet my friends, the old buildings were looking their best soaked in the warm sun...
but we left them behind as we headed for the cemetery, Elfride's favorite place in the creepy as it may sound :)...
and I must admit that I loved it too! it had a mysterious and mesmerizing feel to it, with all the beautiful arcades and sumptuous architecture.
 however, the rain chased us to seek shelter into this beautiful old building with the coolest staircase and an even cooler elevator...
...and some pretty interior court views. :)
 after the rain drenched everything in shiny droplets...

we headed to the park...
and on our way, came across another beautiful house which belonged to Elfride's piano teacher's family.

to put an end to our second day, we went to the beautiful lake Tarnița, which is about half an hour away from Cluj. we soaked our feet in the water and fed the fish that were swimming close to us and wished we had brought our bathing suits with us. :)
on the third day we went to the botanical garden in the morning...
 and then rain soaked us again, but we sheltered in Bistro Viena, eating cheesecake and drinking tea...
 after the rain, the city looked so much more beautiful...

and the sun kissed the streets and the buildings as it set, bringing the end of the third day of our adventures.

I honestly had the hardest time choosing the photos to put here, because I love them all, and looking at them never ceases to bring back to me a small part of the serenity I felt then and remind me of the whimsical beauty of Cluj. :)

*Text înscris în concursul Komandamentul de iarnă – Tabăra de Fotografie pentru Bloggeri, un eveniment organizat de Foto Union, cu sprijinul Neola, Hotel KehlbachwirtDomeniile Vînju MareHotel ContinentalOpelAnagrama.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Wondering with Ștefania and Elfride

I have been wanting to go to Cluj for a while now, and since I was home alone with nothing to do, I decided quite on the spur of the moment honestly, to take the train and go there. I got to finally meet Ștefania and Elfride in person, because we only knew each other from flickr and tumblr before. 
It usually takes me some time to get used to new people, but with them it happened right away and it all came naturally. It felt like we've known each other for years. We had the loveliest time, wondering through the streets, getting soaked by rain, riding rusty elevators, enjoying sunsets and taking photographs all the way.
Oh, and you should check Ștefania's film photos here. :)