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Sighisoara in Iarna / Sighisoara in Winter

Despre Sighisoara si despre festivalul sau am mai vorbit deja. Acum vreau doar sa va aduc cateva fotografii cu acest superb oras transilvanean pe timp de iarna. O zi frumoasa va doresc. 🙂

ENGLISH:

About Sighisoara and it’s Festival i talked already. Now i only wish to bring you a few photos with this amazing Transylvanian city in winter time. O pleasant day to you all 🙂

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O plimbare prin Sighisoara / A stroll through Sighisoara.

Si daca v-am aratat recent festivalul medieval de la Sighisoara, poate este cazul sa va arat un pic si restul orasului. Strazi inguste si intortocheate pline de casute mici, frumoase si colorate, o cetate veche medievala situata pe lista de monumente UNESCO, cladiri vechi in stiluri aparte si multe multe puncte de belvedere pentru a admira orasul, acestea sunt doar cateva din elementele care fac orasul Sighisoara de neuitat. Prima mea vizita aici a fost in timpul festivalului, un deliciu aparte care schimba complet fata orasului. Noroc ca m-am organizat bine sa am timp sa ma plimb si un pic prin restul orasului…

Cetatea din mijlocul orasului este cel mai important obiectiv si este una din putinele fortarete din Europa care inca sunt locuite. Casele vechi din fortareata sunt bine intretinute si pastreaza inca aerul medieval din alte vremuri, motiv pentru care Cetatea Sighisoara este declarata monument UNESCO. Aproape toate obiective turistice ale orasului se afla in aceasta cetate, cum ar fi scara acoperita, vechile biserici in stil gothic si chiar si cimitirul din deal. Tot aici am avut ocazia de a descoperii si un mic muzeu al scolii pe care l-am vizitat, reamintindu-mi de zilele mele de scolar 🙂 Mai gasiti in cetate o colectie de arme medievale, cat si o colectie muzeala foarte interesanta in Turnul cu Ceas, descriind vechile bresle mestesugaresti si ocupatiile lor… Din pacate nu am achitat taxa foto, deci nu va pot arata fotografii de la aceste muzee, dar va invit sa le vedeti cu ochii vostrii si va ofer garantia ca merita vazute…

Oraselul frumos si foarte linistit, mai ales daca va lasati pasii sa va plimbe aleatori prin el.  Si pentru ca v-am zis de case frumoase si arhitectura foarte diversa, sper sa va uitati mai jos la casa cu multi ochi pe acoperis 🙂 Sunt micile detalii arhitecturale care ma atrag intotdeauna si fac explorarea unui oras nou un deliciu pentru mine…

Cel mai bun punct de belvedere asupra orasului si a imprejurimilor este binenteles Turnul cu Ceas, care ofera o vedere perfecta in toate directiile. Un fact interesant este ca aici gasiti placute ce indica distanta catre marile orase ale Europei, cat si un indicator special ce arata spre polul sud 🙂

Cat atat pentru acum. Sper ca v-am convins prin cuvinte si imagini ca Sighisoara merita vizitata 🙂

Calatorie placuta…

 

ENGLISH:

Since i already showed you the medieval festival of Sighisoara, i thought it might be a good idea to show you the rest of the city as well. Narrow streets full of small beautiful houses in many different colors, a medieval fortress that is declared a world heritage site, old buildings in many architectural styles and quite a few view points to admire the whole city, these are just a few of the elements that make Sighisoara unforgettable. My first visit here was during the festival, a special delightful event that changes the face of the town completely. Lucky me that i organized my time so that i managed to walk the city’s streets as well…

The fortress in the middle of town is the main objective and is one of the few fortresses in Europe that is still inhabited. The old houses inside the Fort are well maintained and still keep the medieval air of a different age, that being the reason why this Citadel is declared a world heritage site on the UNESCO monument list. Almost all the city’s touristic sights are here, like the covered staircase, the old gothic churches and even the cemetery on the hill. Also here i had the oportunity to uncover a small school museum that i visited, reminding myself of the days when i was a kid 🙂 Also in the fortress there is a colection of medieval weapons, and a special collection in the Clock Tower that descibes the old craftsman guilds and their ocupations… Sadly i did not pay the photo tax, so i can not show you photos from these museums, but i invite you all to see them with your own eyes and i promise you they are worth seeing…

The town is beautiful and very quiet, especially if you let yourself be randomly guided by your feet. And since i told you about the old houses with awesome architectural styles, i hope you will spot below the house with many many eyes on it’s roof 🙂 It’s the small architectural details that always attract my attention and make exploring a new city awesome…

The bewt viewpoint in town is of course the Clock Tower, whitch offers a perfect view in all directions. A fun fact is that here you can find small plates that point toward the major European cities and tell you the distance in KM as well, adn the most fun and special is the sign pointing at the South Pole 🙂

That’s it for now. I hope i convinced you through words and photos that Sighisoara is worth seing 🙂

Have a pleasant trip all…

Festivalul medieval Sighisoara / Sighisoara’s medieval festival.

Un festival vechi si cu traditie lunga, ce revine an de an in luna iulie pentru toti iubitorii artelor medievale. Este vorba de festivalul „Sighisoara Medievala”. Ajuns deja la editia cu numarul 21, acest festival schimba pentru cateva zile infatisarea Cetatii Sighisoara.

Oameni costumati, muzica medievala, piese de teatru tematice, dansuri si zambete, concerte, lupte intre cavaleri, un peisaj superb si multi oameni cu voie buna; asta este ceea ce am intalnit eu aici. De cativa ani tot incerc sa ajung la acest festival si anul asta am zis ca nu mai vreau sa aman… Un pic problematica gasirea cazarii (m-am hotarat si eu cu o saptamana inainte de festival sa merg), dar am zis ca nu conteaza, in cel mai rau caz mi-am zis ca merg cu cortul in spate 🙂 In final am gasit ceva….

A fost prima mea vizita in Sighisoara si nu stiam sigur la ce sa ma astept. WOW este tot ce pot spune. Un orasel mic, cu strazi inguste si intortocheate, cu cladiri vechi si frumoase, deja se simtea parca aerul unei alte ere. Dar asta nu a fost nimic in comparatie cu ce am descoperit in fortareata orasului… Am fost transportat instant in alta lume, in alti ani, oameni in costume medievale peste tot, cei mai evidenti fiind cavalerii ce se luptau aprig in timp ce cantece medievale rasunau in toata cetatea. Foarte multi oameni peste tot, multi turisti ca mine, romani si straini veniti din toate colturile lumii pentru acest eveniment inedit.

Evident am facut turul cetatii, am vizitat muzeele, am admirat peisajele (din turnul cu ceas aveti un punct de belvedere superb asupra orasului), am intrat si in vechile biserici gotice pentru a le admira si a profita un pic de aerul mai rece din interior, am avut chiar si sansa de a asculta un concert de orga… Orasul este superb, cetatea si mai mult.

Dupa ce am vazut toata cetatea, ma opream ocazional sa admir munca si talentul diversilor mesteri prezenti prin cetate, dar cele mai lungi opriri erau binenteles la scene unde ascultam concertele medievale, afland de cateva trupe noi incredibile. Truverii, Lupus Dacus, Ad hoc, sunt doar cateva din super trupele care au cantat in timpul festivalului. O lista mai detaliata a tuturor trupelor (dans/teatru/muzica/lupte) gasiti pe site-ul oficial al festivalului aici. Pentru cei doritori, prin cetate se tineau si lectii de dans medieval; Am avut astfel ocazia sa admir cativa dansatori foarte talentati 🙂

In fiecare seara a avut loc un spectacol tematic mai mare ce incorpora majoritatea artelor si artistilor participanti, urmat de plecarea ordinelor de cavaleri pentru ziua respectiva. Astfel la ora 2 noaptea cetatea era inca foarte plina de oameni, care incepeau incet incet sa se porneasca spre diversele lor cazari de prin oras. Un pic obositor plimbatul, topaitul, aplaudatul pentru atat timp, mai ales din cauza soarelui. Oamenii se mai ascund pe unde se gaseste un pic de iarba la umbra, sau cum a fost si cazul meu, treapta din fata turnului cu ceas oferea un loc foarte bun de stat si savurat o inghetata rece. 🙂 Suveniruri de toate felurile, pe toate drumurile. Cei doritori pot pleca acasa cu vederi, magneti de frigider, sau daca va permiteti, chiar cu o intreaga armura medievala 🙂

Cam atat pentru acum, pentru ca oricat de mult incerc sa va descriu ce am vazut, ce atmosfera era acolo, cuvintele mele nu vor reusi niciodata sa faca dreptate acestui festival. Sighisoara medievala trebuie experimentata si traita, nu povestita. 🙂

O zi buna tuturor si in final va las cu cateva filmulete si fotografii 🙂

ENGLISH:

An old festival with a long tradition, that comes back year after year in the month of july for all those who love the medieval arts. I am talking about „Medieval Sighisoara”. Now at it’s 21st edition, this festival completely changes the look of Sighisoara fortress.

Costumed people, medieval muzic, themed theatre plays, dancing and smiling, concerts, duels between knights, superb scenery and lots of happy people; this is what i found here. For a few years i’ve been trying to get to this festival and i said to myself this year i shall not miss it… I had a small problem with finding accomodations ( i decided to go with only a week left until the festival), but i said it doesn’t matter, worst case scenario i would have taken my tent with me 🙂 I managed to find something in the end…

This was my first visit in Sighisoara and i did not know what to expect. WOW is all i can say. A small city with narrow streets, with old and beautiful buildings, i could already feel the air of a different age. But all of this was nothing compared with what i found inside the fortress… I was instantly transported in a different world, in a different year, people wearing costumes everywhere, themost obvious being the knights fighting fiercely, while medieval music was playing all over the place. Lots and lots of people, tourists like me, romanian as well as foreigners from all around the world who came for this special event.

Obviously i first took a tour of the citadel, i visited museums, i admired the scenery ( There is an awesome view point from the top of the clock tower), i even entered the old gothic churches to admire them and take advantage of the cold air inside, i even had the chance to listen to a pipe organ concert… The city is amazing, the citadel even more so.

After i saw the whole fortress, i started stoping more and more to admire the work and talent of different craftsman present throughout the fortress, but the longest stops were of course at the stages where i could listen to the medieval concerts, discoverind some new amazing bands. Truverii, Lupus Dacus, Ad Hoc, arejust a few of the super amazing bands that played during the festival. O more detailed list of the performing artists (dance/theatre/music/fighting) can be found on the official site of the festival here. For all those interested, you could join lessons in medieval dances; Thus i had the occasion to admire some incredible dancers as well 🙂

In each evening there was a themed show that incorporated most of the participating arts and artists, followed by the departure of the knightly orders for the day. Thus at 2 o’clock in the night, the fortress was still packed with peaople slowly leaving towards their accomodations throughout the city. A bit tiresome to walk, jump, clap for such a long time, especially in the stong sun. People whould hide a bit wherever they could find a bit of shaded grass, or as was my case, the step in front of the clock tower offered a perfect place to sit and enjoy a cold ice cream 🙂 Souvenirs of all kind could be found everywhere. Those who wanted could take home post cards, magnets, or if you could afford it event a full plate of armor 🙂

That’s about it for now, because no matter how much i will try to describe what i’ve seen, what i’ve experienced, my words will never be able to do this festival justice. Medieval Sighisoara must be experienced and lived, not described.

I bid you all a good day and leave you with a few videos and photos 🙂