July 19, 2009

still had some things left to see in Sibiu...and forvever will

A new trip to Sibiu was planned for this summer. For the ones who are reading this post for the first time( or this blog :)... Sibiu was the 2007 European Cultural Capital and it's a beautiful medieval city in Romania. I had another post with a lot more info about it -hope the link works.The first touch down wasn't so happy...when I left Sf.Gheorghe, the weather was excellent, sunny.. And ,of course, I said " It's shorts day!!!"...and in Sibiu was almost raining and windy. At first I was a bit sad...it was pretty cold and I had only a cardigan with me...so I could't enjoy 100% the sights....but we've warmed ourselves in one of the many cute cafe's that Sibiu has to offer, then we kept on going...the sun finnaly came out, so I could deforst my body and smile a bit.Forever in love with the medieval architecture, view from the Lies Bridge.Finnaly I visited the Brukenthal Museum,housed by the Brukenthal Palace at Sibiu, it's the oldest museum in Romania (1817); it gathers together 14,000 exhibits, paintings, engravings, sculpture and decorative art works; 1,100 works belong to the Section of European Art Collections including the main schools of art between the 15th -18th centuries, with works of well-known painters among whom Tizian, Frans van Mieris the Old, the Anonymus (Flemish School, 15th c.), F. Snyders, J. Jordaens, M. van Reymerswaele, F.F. van Vriendt, H. van Balen, J. de Momper, I. Fyt, Lucas Cranach the Old etc. and engravings by M. Raimondi, A. Dürer, H. Goltzius; the Section of Romanian Art Collections exhibits paintings by Vincentius from Brasov, F. Neuhauser, A. Coulin, C. Dörschlag, Th. Aman, N. Grigorescu, I. Andreescu, St. Luchian, Gh. Petrascu, N. Tonitza, I. Iser, V. Popescu, C. Baba, Al. Ciucurencu, as well as Transylvanian drawings and engravings of the 17th - 19th centuries.
...inside the museum, near the Brukenthal Library.

For the first time I saw The Dumbrava Sibiului Natural Park- it stretches over 960 hectares and it is situated 4 km away from the center of the city in the southwest direction along the road towards Rãºinari. It is crossed by the Trinkbach brook, which forms on its course three man-made lakes: one within the Museum of the Folkloric Technique and two within the Zoological Garden.The Dumbrava Forest is a terrace oak forest within which, besides oaks, the hornbeam, the wild cherry tree, the elm, the field maple and the lime tree vegetate very well. The durmast, the ash tree, the maple tree and the field ash appear sporadically.Among the bushes growing here we mention the privet, the hawthorn, the dovecot, the female cornel, the buckthorn, the guelder rose. Nearby the lake there is a 400 years old oak. Over 100 plant species with flowers grow in the lower vegetation layer of the forest, among which the melandryum pratense, the primula, the lily-of-the-valley, the tussocky grass and the rattlesnake root are the rarest.The Dumbrava Forest is populated by mammals: deer, squirrels, porcupines, wild boars, mice, hazel dormice, foxes and the following birds: the large chaffinch, the blackbird, the yellow throated bunting, the large woodpecker, the jay, the turtle dove, the owl, the hoopoo, the cuckoo, the finch, the goldfinch, the sparrow, the raven and a large number of insect species and other terrestrial invertebrates.The Dumbrava Forest was the favorite promenade location for the inhabitants of Sibiu since as early as the 18th century, nowadays being famous for the ASTRA Museum of the Folkloric Civilization which is situated here. The tramline connecting Sibiu with Rasinari unwinds parallel to the road.

...a final lake view from the Dumbrava Sibiului....the trip ended up really lovely, I saw a lot of new things and learned more about my country.

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