Today we’ll be travelling from mountain top to sea side celebrating Thursday Doors and stories of 2021. I found it difficult to choose a handful of doors, but here are the ones that stuck to my heart…
We begin in the mountains… In Brasov, where doors hide surprises and books, we head down the stairs of Bistrot l’Etage where musical instrument and books are part of decor:
I love tiny pubs, full of character – such as Laptaria lui Enache used to be (upstairs at National Theater in Bucharest). But since I don’t have images from there, this one above should do. Although… I had a ball chatting to Steve Allison from ‘Expat Life’ and I did mentioned Laptaria lui Enache. Hit play and view further:
Still in the Old Town of Brasov we’ll stroll past these character-filled window and door of an old merchant’s shop and then glance up at statues on a roof and magnificent 16th century buildings:
We can’t leave Brasov without stopping by the Golden Gate Portal of Black Church and ENJOY a Story:
Next we’ll take a detour and travel to Făgăraș Fortress:
I loved Râșnov Fortress next with its charming walls kissed by a gentle sunset:
To head south we’ll need to make our way to a mountain pass through the Carpathians Mountains. So we’ll tiptoe up the stone stairs leading to the front entrance of Bran Castle with its Unique Door Knocker and LISTEN to a Crocus Legend:
Up we go to the castle top for a humorous legend from Țara Bârsei and more Bran Castle Photos:
To leave Bran Castle we’ll use a secret tunnel down a well and exit through a door out of The Hobbit, but belonging to the late Queen Marie of Romania:
And before we know it, we’re admiring classical or innovative, glass and brick architecture in Bucharest and a door with memories (for me) at Carturesti Verona Bookstore:
Heading from Romana Square to University Square downtown Bucharest we arrive at the Christmas tree guarding the Palace of Agriculture and Domains that we visited when it snowed in July, in South Africa:
But what is a visit in Bucharest without a Tall House, a Banknote, and a Legend on Fire – at the Village Museum – the house similar to the one on the featured on the Romanian 10 Lei banknote and a 100-word legend about a fire that engulfed a village:
Heading east, towards the sea side, we visit next the Lipovans who lived here and painted the tree of life, “as in Heaven, so on earth“ on their doors. Discover its symbology in Dreamy Blues, Authentic 1885 Tulcea House by the Black Sea and their story too.
Finally, we’ve made it just after sunset at the Black Sea and although this image was not included in my 2021 Thursday Doors posts, I feel that Looking at the Sea, lost at the sea side, is the ideal way of saying god bye to 2021:
For Dan Antion’s exciting Thursday Doors weekly challenge.
Christmas Gift Ideas: stories and travel photography blend: Transylvania’s History A to Z in 100-word Stories.