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Dates of visit:
Sept. 7, 2005 -
Sept. 27, 2005

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Trip Highlights:
 Visit Family
 Romanian Wedding
 Eco-touring
 Danube Delta
 Iron Gates NP
 Fishing Villages
 Mountain Villages
 Monasteries
 Roman Ruins
 Roman Spas
 Black Sea Coast
 

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Hyrmalis Roman Fort

HyrmalisHalmyris, Tulcea, Romania— Where the Danube River empties into the Black Sea lays the historic Roman fort and military supply depot at Halmyris. It took the Roman Emperor Trajan two wars to win this vital strategic location from the Dacians, giving the Romans undisputed domination over the fertile Danube Delta and control over a gateway to Asia. For the next 600 years, Halmyris served as a legionary base, naval port, and critical supply depot for Roman colonization and cultural exchange. In all, Halmyris was occupied for 1,100 years, from the Iron Age to the Byzantine period, an astounding sweep of colorful history.


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Site Gallery - Hyrmalis Roman Fort
 
** Location of Hyrmalis Fort **
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The Danube Delta
A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site

Danube DeltaA wildlife paradise unique in Europe ... at the end of the great river Danube's 2,860 km ( 1788 miles) journey from the Black Forest mountains in Germany to Romania's Black Sea coast a natural paradise spreads out. Over countless centuries the silt brought down by the river has enlarged the Delta into a network of channels, lakes, reed isles, tropical woods, pastures and sand dunes that now cover nearly 5,640 sq km. (2,200 sq miles). This amazing wetland shelters over 300 species of birds, countless species of fish from royal sturgeon to carp and perch, while its 1,150 kinds of plants range from sinuous lianas in oak forests to water lilies. It is no wonder that UNESCO designated the Delta a "Reservation of the Biosphere".

Tranquillity in a Time-warp ...
For 5,000 years a small community had lived in harmony with the Delta's extraordinary ecology, making a living on fishing, breeding livestock, and reed harvesting.The villages, crossed by the waterways, seem untouched by time. As a visitor you can explore this astonishing retreat of natural silence and calm by boat, an experience like entering the living pages of a National Geographic Magazine report.

Exploring the Delta ...
The starting point for a Delta adventure is usually the city of Tulcea, almost as old as Rome, and situated close to where the Danube divides into the three main arms that create the wetlands. Tulcea has modern modern hotels and museums of the natural history of the Delta. It is 71 km (45 miles) away by boat from the almost as old settlement of Sulina at the other end of the Sulina channel and cruises between the two give passengers a panoramic view of wildlife and villages from comfortable observation decks.

Natural Reservations ...
Eighteen protected reservations and " buffer" areas are scattered throughout the Delta. One can access them via narrow waterways past reed isles and forests, where pelicans and cormorants gather to fish. If you want to see the wildlife in solitude and without disturbing it, take a rowing boat into the smaller channels. A permit issued by the reservation of the Biosphere is necessary for this purpose.

Wonders of the Wilderness ...
Stop at a village by the river and you may discover fishermen making their own version of Russian bortsch over an open fire.Those with more sophisticated tastes can try the Danube herring, croquettes of zander, or sturgeon steak, tastily washed down with local Aligote, Muscat or Merlot wines at the restaurants in Tulcea or Sulina. The water wilderness uncovers plenty of wonders. A trip there is a memorable experience in every way.


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Site Gallery - Danube Delta
 

** Location of Danube Delta **
** Map of Danube Delta **
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Fishing Village of Uzlina
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Fishing Village of Crisan
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Fishing Village of Mila 23
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Fishing Village of Caraorman
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Monasteries of Macin Mountains

Monasteries The monasteries of Tulcea county, virtually all of them situated at the base of the Macin Mountains, are unpretentious. All of them are undergoing a renaissance of rebuilding and repainting. They are enclaves for priests and nuns of the Romanian Orthodox faith. As holy shrines they are located where peace and tranquilty prevails.

The only monastery that was visited that had any sort of a documented history was Monastery Celic Dere (the name comes from the place Dere – Valley, Celic – Strawberry). It came to life between 1833-1840. The first church is built in 1846 in the name of the Assumption of the Virgin and it was decided that nuns should populate the monastery. In 1901 construction of the monumental church is started using the basement as a chapel. In 1916 the church is finished but all the architecture and painting continue until 1932. The monastery founded a primary school for adults and a school for teaching church painting. For the other monasteries no background information was available.

Site Gallery - Monasteries of Macin Mountains
 

On the way to the Monasteries
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Monastery Celic Dere
** Location of Monasteries **
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Monastery Saon
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Monastery Cocos
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Macin Mountains
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