Sibiu Daily Photo

A photo a day from the European Capital of Culture 2007

Archive for October, 2008

Piata Mare reflection

Posted by Jackie on October 31, 2008

I’ve not shown a Piata Mare picture for a few weeks, so here’s one to remedy that! I liked the reflection from the variable fountain.

22 May 2007

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Strictly Come Dancing

Posted by Jackie on October 30, 2008

One thing about Sibiu being European Capital of Culture last year was that often you would be confronted with random bits of ‘culture’ in unexpected places. As I walked back along Str. Balcescu, I found these two kids ballroom dancing in the middle of the street. As you do. I’m guessing they were 8 or 9 years old (I saw them later on during my stay on a stage in Piata Mica – I think they belong to a dance school in the city).  I wonder what Len, Arlene, Bruce and co would have thought of them? (sorry – UK cultural reference there, the clue’s in the title!).

22 May 2007

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Ramada Hotel again

Posted by Jackie on October 29, 2008

I showed this hotel in the early days of this blog, here it is from another angle. It is just opposite the bank shown yesterday (in fact you may spot a bit of the hotel in the reflection). The Ramada is one of Sibiu’s most expensive and exclusive hotels.

Here’s a random unrelated factoid: see the white car in the foreground of this photo, on the left?  That is a Dacia.  The first time I came to Romania, in 1993, I’d say about 95% of the cars were this model (or its estate version) – most of the rest were other eastern European cars – Skoda, Lada, and even the odd Trabant.  The design was sold to Dacia (the Romanian state car manufacturer) by Renault, and is exactly the same as the old Renault 12.  It freaked me out when I saw so many, as we had had a Renault 12 as our family car when I was a kid in the 70s.  Nowadays you don’t see so many – they don’t make this design any more, and there are many many more varieties and makes of cars.  When I returned to Romania a couple of years ago, after a break of several years, one of the first things I noticed before anything else was that not every car was a Dacia.

22 May 2007

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BCR reflection

Posted by Jackie on October 28, 2008

This ultra-modern building is the premises of Banca Comerciala Romana (I’m guessing I don’t really need to translate that – it’s similar enough to the English to be self-explanatory). I liked the shapes and the reflections of this building. Although this blog is (and still will be) heavily weighted to the historical town centre, I hope I can also demonstrate that as well as the historical buildings and the socialist concrete, there is also post-communist, western-style stuff here too.

22 May 2007

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Cercul Militar

Posted by Jackie on October 27, 2008

The Cercul Militar (which I presume is some sort of Military Academy – certainly Sibiu was home to quite a large army barracks) is on Bulevard Victoriei. Most of the buildings I’ve shown up to now show a German or Hungarian influence. This is where you can see that Sibiu too didn’t escape socialist realism.

22 May 2007

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On the corner of my street

Posted by Jackie on October 26, 2008

This is where Str. Mitropoliei meets Str. Tribunei. The church in the distance is (I think) a Hungarian (or possibly German) Protestant church.

This view makes me smile as it was very familiar to me. My Sibiu home was on Str. Tribunei (the road going off to the left of the picture), and the internet cafe was on Str. Mitropoliei, so the 2 minute journey between the two was one I made a lot!

22 May 2007

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Looking up

Posted by Jackie on October 25, 2008

This is the spire of the Evangelical Cathedral, as seen looking up from Pasajul Scarilor.

22 May 2007

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Pasajul Scarilor

Posted by Jackie on October 24, 2008

This lovely little spot in the lower part of the historic town centre is called Pasajul Scarilor – “the Passage of Stairs”. Looking at this picture the name probably doesn’t make much sense – but in the old days, the right hand half of the cobbled street was actually a set of very very gentle cobbled steps (only a few inches high each). I loved the stone archways.

22 May 2007

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Little Green Man

Posted by Jackie on October 23, 2008

There were a few of these funny statues dotted around the city centre – I’m not sure if I ever did see all of them. This one is in Piata Huet – you can see the Evangelical Cathedral in the background. He’s looking a bit green round the gills – maybe he ate a dodgy sarmale!

(pronounced “Sarmarlay” – it’s a very popular dish in Romania, and throughout south-eastern Europe)

22 May 2007

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Carving

Posted by Jackie on October 22, 2008

This is the last view for now from the inside of the Evangelical Cathedral. Tomorrow I’ll go back outside into the sunshine!

22 May 2007

PS Whoops, Little Green Man who also appeared today wasn’t supposed to appear till tomorrow.  So I have hidden him for now and he’ll appear again at midnight 🙂

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