Sibiu Daily Photo

A photo a day from the European Capital of Culture 2007

Archive for August, 2009

Old warehouses

Posted by Jackie on August 15, 2009

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These funny things (which people used as seats when it wasn’t too hot, but when it was sunny you were liable to burn yourself somewhere tender!) mark the spot on Piata Mare where old 15th century warehouses were found. They were in different languages, I was kind to you today and am showing the English one 🙂

21 July 2007

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Str. Balcescu again

Posted by Jackie on August 14, 2009

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I haven’t shown a photo of Str. Balcescu for a while, so here’s one to make up for that lack 🙂

Judging by the progress of the photos over the last few days, I had either just got back from the supermarket and was walking home from the bus-stop, or had just been to see one of the groups I was working with – either way this group of pictures says “heading home” to me, as I lived just off Str. Balcescu.

And an aside – this post marks 1 year of Sibiu Daily Photo blog! I’m rather embarrassed that having lived there just over 2 months, I took so many photos – I thought the blog would last 6 months max! I’ve still got more to come :p

20 July 2007

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City walls up close and personal

Posted by Jackie on August 13, 2009

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A bit over-exposed as it was so sunny, this is a very close-up view of the city walls, just over the road from the theatre, and underneath the Pavilion venue.

20 July 2007

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Radu Stanca theatre

Posted by Jackie on August 12, 2009

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The Radu Stanca theatre (just next to the Dumbrava which you can see in the background on the right) is one of the most prestigious theatres in Romania (in fact right now they are performing at the Edinburgh Festival, in a production of “Faust”).

20 July 2007

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Crucea Rosie

Posted by Jackie on August 11, 2009

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As the canicula (heatwave) was so relentless, in every town with a local branch of the Crucea Rosie (Red Cross) you’d see their volunteers trying to help people who were suffering in the extreme heat. As well as giving out water, they also had doctors on hand to check blood pressure etc. It’s not to be sniffed at – while I was there a number of people died from heat-related problems (although not in Sibiu I don’t think, just elsewhere in the country).

20 July 2007

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Dumbrava again

Posted by Jackie on August 10, 2009

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Here’s another view of the front of the Dumbrava department store.

20 July 2007

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Dumbrava department store

Posted by Jackie on August 9, 2009

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This building is the Dumbrava department store. As well as the several storeys in the store, just in front of it is a subway which included some private (and I thought rather expensive) stores.

20 July 2007

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And now for something completely different!

Posted by Jackie on August 8, 2009

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Rather bizarrely, this statue stood in the driveway of a private residence. The building next to it (from where I took the picture) was the place you have to go to pay your gas bill. It just seemed totally out of context with the rest of the city!

20 July 2007

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Canicula advice

Posted by Jackie on August 7, 2009

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This rather tatty and faded poster on a noticeboard of the Public Health Department is giving advice on how to survive the canicula – Romanian for “heatwave” (I think the French word is similar, “canicule” or something like that). Even now, having been away from Romania for a couple of years, having experienced the heat in the summers of 2006 and 2007 I still call hot weather “canicula” in my head (although, to be honest here in Scotland I don’t get that many opportunities to experience it!). I really can’t explain just how hot it was – I felt permanently exhausted, and was showering at least twice a day, the heat was pretty relentless and only punctuated by occasional thunderstorms which only cleared the air for an hour or two before the heat came back! Anywhere that had air conditioning was highly sought after (by me anyway!).

20 July 2007

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Porumb fiert

Posted by Jackie on August 6, 2009

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What always used to amaze me was that I would see lots of people wandering around eating hot sweetcorn (porumb fiert) having bought a corn cob from one of these street vendors. It’s not such an amazing thing in and of itself, but by this point the temperatures were around 40°C every day! It was all I could do to summon the energy to buy ice cream, never mind something this hot!

This vendor is just outside the Dumbrava department store.

20 July 2007

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