Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter In Cluj

 Cluj (the full name is Cluj-Napoca), Romania's 2nd most populous city is located in western  Transylvania. Yes the Transylvania of Count Dracula. We arrived by train and took some time looking for a hotel as Cluj will be our home for 3 days during the Easter holidays. And since Cluj and the rest of Romania pretty much closes from Easter Saturday through Easter Monday, our first order of business was some feet-on-the-ground research on bus schedules, supermarket and restaurant open-close times, church service times, and open-close times for museums and other attractions.

Saturday we slept in then stocked up on groceries at a Lidl supermarket (it's much like an Aldi), caught up on blogging, and strolled through an almost deserted city center on Saturday night except for folks attending the ~9PM mass at the Catholic Church and the midnight outdoor service at the Romanian Orthodox Church.

We were out early on Sunday morning and hiked up to the fortress and on to the  Open Air Ethnographic Museum (closed for the weekend) then back to town passing the Stadium and the busy Central Park.


More Easter happenings in the photos below.

On the train from Oradea to Cluj.
On the train to Cluj-Napoca, Romania

We saw these building with flamboyant rooftops near Huedin. Hmmm? They turn out to be Gypsy Palaces.
On the train to Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Since many folks in Cluj eat vegetarian for Lent, we managed to score one veggie restaurant meal at Connection Food before all the restaurants closed for the long weekend.
Food Connection - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Synagogue.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Building the stage for the midnight service at the Orthodox Cathedral.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The nearby National Theatre and Opera.
Turda, Romania

The Cinema Victoria (nice Bauhaus stylings).
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Cluj Botanic Garden is superb.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Orthodox Cathedral; ready for the midnight outdoor service.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Easter morning we were pleasantly surprised to find these colorful Easter eggs in the breakfast room at our hotel.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

View to Cluj on Easter Sunday. That's the Catholic Cathedral at right.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

On our Sunday walk we happened on an outdoor Easter Sunday service at a small church in the suburbs. And normal for an Eastern Orthodox service, the congregation stands whether inside or outside.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Walking back to town along the river.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Central Park was much more busy than indicated by these photos.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania





2 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

You posted the church video on G+ but I don't see it here.

john said...

Thanks Ed! I added it as a bonus on the Easter Monday post. -john