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Sunday, 31 May 2015

You Are Beautiful - Inside And Out!

My dear friends,

These days we keep seeing / hearing vehiculated the idea that looks can get you anywhere. If you look good, you have a deep cleavage and you smile pretty you may even have more chances on getting a better job / having more friends and being the popular one inside the group. What I always wished for is to be beautiful both inside and out. I once read that being beautiful was very easy and simple. All you need to do is repeat to yourself everyday that you are beautiful until you get to believe it and the rest does not matter - you will know you are beautiful and that is the most important, the others do not matter. I beg to differ - we are social people, people were created not to be alone, but to interact with eachother.  
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What is the point of thinking yourself that you are "the fairest of them all" when people around you can see how wicked you are - take for example the classical Grimm fairytale about Snow White: The Queen was beautiful yet evil but Snow White was beautiful inside out! Outside looks are only skin deep and when you grow old and your looks are gone you will remain a hollow shell with nothing to give and you will receive nothing in return. Looks are useless unless you have something to back that up - be it brain or sparkly personality.
Picture Taken @ The Romanian - Polish Wedding / April 2015 / by Eliza Prostire
As I think of this subject I am reminded more and more about the classic stories / fairytales from my childhood years. I have always loved the story of The Beauty and The Beast. I still believe that it is one of the best stories ever told as it shows love in all its forms - from Belle's deep love of books, Gaston's narcissistic love of himself, Belle's and her fathers relationship, the inhabitants of the palace attachment to The Beast and last but not least the love Belle had for The Beast (despite his appearence she looked at his soul... any maybe at his library? ;))) just kidding!).
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Maybe we are no great beauties, maybe God did not create us on a 90-60-90 model, but I believe that he wanted for us to be happy and shine like stars here on Earth. He wanted for us to love and be loved in return for how we are inside, for our soul / mind / ideas. The body was created only as a shell to our spirit - if we are clear and crystal on the inside that is what should be reflected on the outside. Or is it better to be all perfect on the outside and be shallow and rotten on the inside? Children are made to believe from the media that dressing up in a certain way from an early age is ok, wearing lipstick when you are barely 10 years old is ok, having short skirts at school is ok as "all the girls nowdays do it"...  
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We can blame this on social media but that would be wrong, we should blame ourselves! We all have this tendency of following what other people say and think, we take ideas and we implement them in our life without digesting them, without seing if they fit us / our personality / what we are and what we wish to become. It is hard to demand of children to take the correct path if they have not been raised properly, with good sense... When I was a kid I used to play around and asked my mum to put lipstick on myself. I tried that when I was very small, maybe in first or second grade, and I remember it until this very day that I did not even knew how to hold my moth properly to put it on and that in the end it felt fake and I ended up eating it all :) then I look now at girls that age now and they are able to put it on without any issue... and I bet they don't eat it all in the first 10 minutes!
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I don't wear make up, and that's not because I don't need it, rather I consider it a bother and a waste of my time - I would rather sleep / read those extra minutes - but I do not burn on the cross people that wear it. I consider it a personal decision, as long as it does not involve kids under the age of 14 years & people who jump directly as they wake up, to the bathroom, to put stuff on. Your body, your skin has pores that are meant for breathing - not for being clogged up! Plus the people that love and respect you will do it even if you have makeup on or not. It's not as if you will wear a mask all your life, you will get married and the next day the person next to you - because you have the mask off - will not even recognise you... I think I can count, on the fingers of one hand, how many times I have had profesional makeup. I love it and I understand that you need it at certain events, but overdoing it is a NO NO! I would rather like to be able to recognise myself in the mirror, thank you very much!
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There are people that are so beautiful inside, their souls are so pure and their thoughts are so perfect, their wish is always to think the best of the world and help the ones around them, that their beauty reflects on the outside - they are not fotomodels, when you look at them, but their smile brightens up your day and makes you smile in return as well... I strive to be like that, I know beauty does not keep and even small accidents damage you. I was told by several people, in several circumstances, that I have a Babyface. I like that, I like the thought that I can maintain happy thoughts inside - happy thoughts that make me smile and still be like a child. I think that we forgot how to do that... I think we forgot how to smile and truly be happy on the inside. We are used to smiling on the outside even when we heart, and the cares and troubles pile up and burn holes in us... We need to keep focus on what we have, look what is inside us and work until we are beautiful once again: inside out!

Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Believes In True Inner Beauty
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Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Taking Of The Pieniny - Poland

Dearest friends,

For me, the best shape that God has created is without any doubt the mountains! When you climb mountains I have this feeling of reaching towards heaven, of reaching towards a place where there is fresh air, where my lungs (along with all my body) can feel at peace. Even though every nerve / muscle in my body stretches and quivers (especially if I did not train, and I come only from 8,5 hours a day sitting at the computer...) I feel that I can be calm and that I can smile with all my heart. The mountains fill my heart and they fill every pore and cell within me.
I am always panicked at the very beginning, at the lower side - as we start to climb, especially if the place is new for me. I am scared and excited at the same time of what lies ahead of me - will I be able to make it or will I quit? I was told this is not good, that I should know my own limits, but I would not quit even if my life depended on me - for me that would mean that I am weak; I managed to get this far and I am quitting half way through? It happens a lot, when I am climbing the mountains, to have moments when I would wish I could go back. Those moments usually make me more stubborn and keep me going :)
When we were on Away Day with my former company, with Capgemini - in 2012, we went for a weekend to Gora Zar. My husband (back then my fiancee :) ) is born and raised in pre-mountain area and he has great resistance, even though he does not train frequently and works at the computer as much as I do! I believe he was the first one who reached the top of Gora Zar... he had to wait about 20 minutes for the rest of us to drag ourselves up the mountain...
He actually told me, the same day, that he thought I would not make it through - that I would quit. The truth is I am very bad when it comes to breathing - when overexcited from the workout, I breathe with the mouth instead of nose and this only makes things worse :( Same happened this time, when I went for a day-trip with a dear friend to the Pieniny mountains - I believe that I had overall around 2-3 moments when I thought I would not make it through in one piece. Moments in which I would have just sit down and call it a day - but I didn't! :)
The trip was hosted by the company that my friends works in. The hike path established was for the Pieniny Mountains - the track run from Jaworki, through Wawóz Homole to Wysoka and back through Przełecz Rozdziela and Biała Woda to Jaworki. Duration of the hike: aprox. 5 - 5,5 h walking. That does not sound that bad, right?! :)
Let me tell you (with the help of Wikipedia) a bit more about these mountains we have conquered almost 2 weeks ago :) Pieniny is a mountain range in the south of Poland and the north of Slovakia. The Pieniny mountain range is divided into three parts – Pieniny Spiskie (Slovak: Spišské Pieniny) and Pieniny Właściwe (Slovak: Centrálne Pieniny) in Poland; and, Małe Pieniny (English: Lesser or Little Pieniny; Slovak: Malé Pieniny) in Poland and Slovakia. The Pieniny mountains consist mainly of the limestone and dolomite rock strata.
The most famous peak, Trzy Korony (Three Crowns), is 982 metres high. It is also the summit of the Three Crowns Massif. Pieniny’s highest peak – Wysoka (Polish); Vysoké Skalky (Slovak) – reaches 1,050 metres above sea level (that's the one we went for ;) yup!). Pieniny mountains formed at the bottom of the sea in several geological epochs. They were folded and raised in Upper Cretaceous. At the beginning of the Paleogene geologic period a second wave of tectonic movements took place causing a further shift. The third wave of movements during the Paleogene and Neogene resulted in a more complex tectonic structure. At the same time erosion resulted in stripping of the outer mantle rocks and further modeling of terrain. 
Peaks were built from weather resistant Jurassic rocks, mainly limestone. Valleys and passes were created from softer and more susceptible to weathering rocks of Cretaceous and Paleogene periods. Caves are few and rather small. By contrast, rivers and streams are often deeply indented in the rock, creating approximately 15 ravines and gorges. The most famous gorges of the Pieniny mountains are the Dunajec River Gorge in Pieniny National Park and the Homole Ravine (Polish: Wąwóz Homole). Hills along the northern border of Pieniny are of volcanic origin.
The Perfect Solitary Tree
From Krakow to Pieniny we had an early bus that drove us for about 2 hours. We started the climb around 10 am in the morning - 1050 meters was quite a long way to go. The tour guide was a young fit lad - that ocasionally when we made stops he told us stories of the places we were going through but also sang traditional mountain songs :) The group was over 40 people and the youngest of the crew was 6 years old - and trust me, she was the most fit to do this hike! The tour guide took the lead and established the rule that none should go before him. The rescue lady that joined us was the last one, and another rule was established so none would go after her. This way our group would maintain a steady pace and be together.
I must admit we were the biggest group on the mountain at that hour and we were quite noisy but we folowed the rules and made sure we left every place we stopped clean from any garbage that might have come from us - in the end you do it for yourself, so you could come back to a clean environment as well. We were complimented at the beginning of the trip, by the tour guide, that we were all very well dressed - I can say that 80% of the group had boots / hiking shoes and the rest had sports shoes + we all had layers when it came to clothing, so we could regulate what we wore according to the temperature outside.
We saw just one black sheep during the trip, and she did not want to be on camera :)
We were actually extremely lucky - as usual, someone up there loves me! - as the tour guide also said that particular day in the weekend, on the 16th of May 2015, was the best weather he has seen in the area for years! and that we were indeed lucky not to get any strong wind / snow / rain as it would have made the hike even longer. I can agree with that... I do not think I would have been able to make the second half of the hike if it would have been raining... At a certain point you need to climb a very steep portion with a lot of small rocks that make everything unstable - I would have not made it through rain, even though I had boots holding my leg steady.
It was a very cyclical trip, as at the beginning of the climb we met with a large sheep pack - a moment when our tour guide told us that the sheep from that region (and for most of Poland) were actually brought from Romanian mountains - and also very close to the end of the hike we met another heard. It was lovely having a break on the fresh grass, listening to our guide tell stories and sing songs. The sheep pack had of course its guardians - the white dog in the picture is one of them - and they came around "begging" for food :) I gave the white one a full sandwich and he ate it as if he had not seen food for weeks ;)))
We also found that in the region the famous Polish Robin Hood lived - named Juraj Jánošík (first name also Juro or Jurko, Polish: Jerzy Janosik, Hungarian: Jánosik György ; baptised January 25, 1688, died March 17, 1713) was a famous Slovak highwayman. Jánošík has been the main character of many Slovak and Polish legends, novels, poems and films. He is a semi-legendary character in East-Central Europe.

According to the legend, he robbed nobles and gave the loot to the poor, a deed often attributed to the famous Robin Hood. The legend was also known in neighboring Silesia, the Margraviate of Moravia and later spread to the Kingdom of Bohemia. The actual robber had little to do with the modern legend, whose content partly reflects the ubiquitous folk myths of a hero taking from the rich and giving to the poor. However, the legend was also shaped in important ways by the activists and writers in the 19th century when Jánošík became the key highwayman character in stories that spread in the north counties of the Kingdom of Hungary (much in present Slovakia) and among the local Gorals and Polish tourists in the Podhale region north of the Tatras (Tatra). 
The image of Jánošík as a symbol of resistance to oppression was reinforced when poems about him became part of the Slovak and Czech middle and high school literature curriculum, and then again with the numerous films that propagated his modern legend in the 20th century. During the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising, one of the partisan groups bore his name. He is still very much popular in Poland and if you ask anyone about Jánošíkthen they would be glad to tell you more about him ;)
On our way back we had a very nice 30 minute break at a very mountain-like Restaurant, guarded by a red-white cat that mind her own business while dozen of people came about her. It was as if she reigned there and payed no mind to us, low-life creatures born only to serve her ;)) The Restaurant served only hot food and I was too warm from the climb to take anything that would make me even more hot. I digged in fresh water, chocolate (very good for the muscle pain, if take before climbing), madeleines and sandwiches. Some collegues of my friend tried out the zurek and pierogi there - they all agreed the zurek was amazing and serves in extremely huge portions but the pierogi was aweful and the meat was too dry. You can also buy drinks there if you are out of water - the still water 0.5 l is 2 zloty and the Coke or Pepsi 0.5 l is 3 zloty. In case you wish to have a memory from there you can buy postcards from 1 to 2 zloty per piece. Also you can use the toilet facility - it is very clean and has fresh paper ;)
I must extend one again a warm THANK YOU! to my dear friend that invited me for this trip. I was able to speak almost for a full day in Romanian - with herself and her friends - and I almost forgot how fun it is to hike and feel free in the mountains. The views were splendid and heartwarming and if I could, I would do this again! The weather was perfect and even though the tour guide said we will go slow towards medium pace we ended up more in a run-like-pace toward the end... I still loved it and enjoyed it with all my heart! That is why I wish for you, if ever you are in the region and you have good weather and good boots / hiking shoes, try and do this route as well :) It is totally worth the trouble / sweat / muscle pain the day after ;)))
The perfect view at the end of the trip
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :) If you want to more pictures that I took during the trip, you can see them in chronological order as a video on my Youtube Channel - right here ;) 
 
Yours truly,
The LadyBug That Loves Mountains With All Her Heart
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Monday, 25 May 2015

A Typical Breakfast In Krakow - Bufet Kuckcik

Good morning dear hearts!

Did you know that the average person sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28 am at the weekend? A worrying quarter (25%) of people are skipping breakfast once or more during the week, with more than one in ten (13%) never eating it. Of women who skip breakfast, 29 per cent miss it because they are too busy getting ready; 14 per cent of female breakfast skippers say they don’t eat in the morning because they are trying to lose or watch their weight.Women are more likely to prioritise their hair and choosing clothes for the day than eating breakfast. (source)
The average person sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28 am at the weekend - See more at: http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/content/fun-breakfast-facts#sthash.C7NsRmsh.dpuf
The average person sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28 am at the weekend - See more at: http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/content/fun-breakfast-facts#sthash.C7NsRmsh.dpuf
I have always enjoyed breakfast, ever since I was a wee lass... When my Mum and Granny introduced eggs in our diet they knew for sure that at least one day a week I would not be crying about what I eat. I have always loved the taste of eggs, be it raw - boiled - fried. My early childhood memories at the breakfast table (or breakfast in bed) are related to fried eggs (always 2 of them!) or scrambled eggs (my sister loved them dry as they could get and I loved them all mushy... if possible with fresh onion green leaves).
In time I learned how to make them myself, even thought still now I am afraid of burning things in the kitchen... My Granny is a master when it comes to cooking and baking and my sister is following her footsteps but I have only a few recipes that I manage to do without fail - mostly involving eggs... I can cook for you eggs for a whole week, each day doing something different! but that would not be very healthy for ones liver...
One day, when I was in the city and I did not have breakfast in the morning and did not eat/drink a thing, I wondered into the Maly Rynek (Small Square). In Stare Miasto (Old Town), on the Sienna 7 street, there is a place you might pass by easily - Bufet Kuckcik. This place has no Internet Page, no Facebook Page, nothing that would set it apart from the other places that surround it. Bufet Kuckcik is not a pub, but rather a mini-resturant for the hungry travellers. Why I say hungry travellers? Why, as far as I could see, they took into consideration the foreign people living in Krakow & tourists alike. The signs and menu's are in Polish - English ;) and I consider that as a big plus!
The place is quite decent and the music comes from the radio, so it is not very fancy. The tables and chairs are wooden made and covered all in white-blue table cloth. Each table has alreayd setup on it salt & pepper & sugar, napkins and serving tools (spoons, forks, knives). The inside has a very rustic feeling about it and you feel very welcomed there. There is also place outside, under the big umbrellas, to sit and look at the bystanders or at the ocasional fairs in the Small Square. The ladies serving are nice and prompt in serving you. The menu is in Polish & English so you can tell what you are ordering and they kept it quite short - I always love short menu's that show that the chef of the place actually knows how to do the dish properly.
I had the scrambled eggs with bacon - price in May 2015 was 15 zloty + another 5 zloty for the hot tea. The scrambled eggs were served with bread and butter and the hot tea with lemon. The eggs were warm and fresh and delicious and the butter with the fresh bread worked like a charm. I like to have my bread and butter with a little salt :) Bufet Kuckcik is open from Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00. If you are just in a mood for a beer & a lemonade you can do that as well - 8 zloty per 0.5 l beer ;) 

** This post was made out of love for scrambled eggs. I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :) 
 
Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Always Loved Scrambled Eggs
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Friday, 22 May 2015

Romania - Suceava County: Pietrele Doamnei - Rarau

Dearest hearts,


“What are men to rocks and mountains?” said Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice. I could agree and disagree at the same time with this quote, as I prefer to see men as mountains as well, when they wish to be strong. A day or two ago I was sharing with you our small mountain-break in Romania, when my adorable Polish husband learned more about the region/country I was raised in. Today I will share with you a few informations about a lovely place to visit in Romania: Pietrele Doamnei on the Rarau Mountain :)
The Reservation Pietrele Doamnei (in German Frauenstein, in English The Ladies Stones) is a region protected nationaly and it is located in the Suceava County - on the territory of the city Câmpulung Moldovenesc (the longest city in Romania). The total area amounts on over 250 ha and is located on the Northern part of the Rarau Mountains - part of the Eastern Carpathiants - at an altitude of 1400 metres.
The Reservation was declared protected area through the law from 6th of March 2000 and contains a mountain area of special geological-peisagistic-floristic-faunistic interest. It hosts a huge number of species of plants (the queens flower - also known as edelweiss, the shoe of the maiden, dryas, juniper) and animals (the mountain rooster, the mountain wooodpecker), some of them extremely rare. On the territory of the protected area, there is a formation of rocks - made out of chalk - known under the name Pietrele Doamnei (The Ladies Stones), that gives the name to the reservation.
My Awesome Husband, showing us the way with a mace bought from Cetatea Neamt
For those whom may ask where did the name Pietrele Doamnei came from I will tell you a story, an urban legend. Actually more than one, as there are many connections that are made with these lovely stones :)  The Ladies Stones are connected with Lady Elena - the wife of Petru Rares - and also with the Mountain Rarau (before named Todirescu Mountains), whose name comes from Petru Rares himself.
Why did we not take boots?!
In the hard times of history, during the second reign of Petru Rares - the son of Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great) - he found a safe and good place to shelter his family and part of his wealth.  Where could it be located other than in the mountains!? It is said that during the coming of the tatar hordes, Lady Elena and her son Stefanita took cover in a cave and they started praying. Suddenly a loud noise could be heard...
Snow covered mountain path - in April!
The legend continues with by telling that large stones have splintered and fell over the place where Petru Rares placed the treasure, burying alive the attackers. Lady Elena said "This is how we will repay you for saving us" - the wealth that the turks wanted to have remained there and the rocks were named Pietrele Doamnei.
Closer to the truth is the legend about the conquest of the City of Suceva by Suleiman the Magnificent, through the betrayal of the gentleman part of Petru Rares court. In those times, at these rocks in the heart of the Rarau Mountain, the legend says that the Lady of Petru Rares - Elena - took shelter; waiting for Petru to come back from over the mountains, from Transylvania. 
Snow in April :)
Another legend tells about a lightning that split the rock in two! The lightning was sent by the Devil that wanted to break the rock and get to the treasure that a King buried there. There was a very bad king that loved his money very much - similar to Mr. Scrooge - and did not want to leave his wealth to his family, so he choose to bury it under a huge rock. After hundreds of years the Devil wanted to find the treasure and started digging... he was unsuccessful so he got so upset that he brought thunders upon the mountain. That broke the rock but also melted the treasure ;) Silly him!
The view from the very top - Pietrele Doamnei are on the left, as you see the picture
You can get to the area by following the track that starts from the city Campulung Moldovenes, but also from the smaller towns Pojorata, Mestacanis, Slatiora and Chiril. It is located some 77 kilometers from Suceava and about 42 kilometers from Gura Humorului. Here are the exact GPS coordinates: 47.447108, 25.563049.

P.S. Marek is a huge mountain fan and he loves the Romanian mountains and believes them to be more beautiful, natural, wild and untouched than the Polish ones. At that says a lot :) We went there in April, but as you can see on the picture there was still a lot of snow! We were in tennis shoes, blue jeans and jumpers and outside was almost 10 degrees celsius and there was snow still, ankle high! Snow, frozen icicles... yet there were already flowers showing up :) I even saw patches of crocus flowers! If ever you are in the area... DO GO AND SEE THIS MAGICAL PLACE!

** This post was made out of love for the beautiful and tall mountains that Romania has :) I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :)
Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Loves The (Romanian) Mountains
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Romania - Neamț County: Cetatea Neamt

My dear friends,

Did you know that Romania and Poland shared borders? We had an international border that spread for 349 kilometers. It was established in 1919 and existed until September 1939, when Poland was taken over by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. But those are not the only connections between Poland and Romania. Throughout history there are many links that can be found, if one chooses to search for them :)
When we went this year for 2 weeks back home, for the Big Fat Romanian - Polish Wedding Party, we had a day off at the mountains. With great assistance from our friend Alexandru - we bow to your help one more time - Marek got to see a bit more of my homeland. We managed to get to Cetatea Neamt - Neamt Citadel - and see what the Polish King Jan Sobieski did not manage to conquer :)
 Cetatea Neamt is a medieval citadel from Moldavia - Romanian Moldavia, not the country Moldavia. The building is situated at the North - West border or the city Târgu Neamț and has an altitude of 480 meters and the height of 80 meters from the level of the water that flows through the city. The Neamt Citadel is part of the chain of fortifications build in Moldavia at the end of the 14th century, when the attacks from the turks started to appear. The cities/citadels build at that time had very high walls and large ditches surrounding the walls.
2 proud boys :)
The citadel was built at the end of the 14th century by Peter the first, was fortified in the 15th century by Stefan cel Mare, and destroyed in the 18th century (1718) by the order of the ruler Mihai Racovita. The Neamt Citadel was included on the list of historical monuments from the Neamt County in 2004.
Inside view
The Polish Lad Inside The Romanian Citadel
On Top Of The World...
Between the years 1684-1694 there were six Polish military campaigns in Moldova; the city at the foot of the city was set on fire several times. In 1686 Polish army led by the King Jan Sobieski the 3rd invaded Moldova, destroying and looting their way through the country. In their return to their homeland, a group of Polish and Cossack turned to Neamt Fortress, managing to get there by deceit. As several sources attest Cossacks brought here the lady Ruxandra, daughter of Vasile Lupu and the widow of Timuş Hmelniţchi, who was at her estate in Preutesti. The thieves wanted the princess to show them where his father had hidden wealth. Poles they cut off her head with an ax, and layed their hands on 19,000 coins.
Inside The Citadel -Upper Part
In 1691, during the reign of Constantin Cantemir (1685-1693), the Polish army led by King Jan Sobieski the 3rd made a foray into the Principality of Moldavia, besieging on this occasion the Neamt Fortress. The siege of the city is presented by Cazimir Sarnecki in the Journal of the Polish campaign in 1691 in Moldova. According to him, on October 14, 1691 Sobieski's army arrived outside the city walls. Because of the city garrison refused to surrender, the Poles began "to attack it with mortars and small cannon, for they could bring so quickly other tools so high in the mountains." The guards were defending valiantly and "killed some of our men with the hooked arquebuses and with their hand rifles".
Happy Tree Friends & The View
The Moldovan Garrison had six captains in his forehead; in addition watchmen, and residents sought refuge here from Cotnari, Roman and Targu Neamt. As weapons the watchmen had 12 harquebuses rifles and 90 hand guns - ienicereşti. The second day, after greeting the Polish king, they were let free to go as they wish, due to the way they fought and defended their land. Jan Sobieski found that this was a Christian citadel and took no claim, though for a long while a garrison was staged inside the citadel walls.
The Citadel Neamt can be visited by car but you need to leave it at the end of the mountain and walk about one kilometer through the forest - don't worry, the road is paved and the view is just lovely. The Citadel is a sight for sore eyes, if it is your first time seeing it live. I know Marek was very impressed, as in Poland you cannot find such type of citadels/fortresses. As Romanian people, we were very inventive and we used the land around us to defend ourselves - we would build fortresses on mountains, on some peak, and made sure that they could not get to us from either side. We would have high bridges that we could destroy in an instant - in case we would be attacked. Our monasteries had high walls and could sustain themselves internally in case of long sieges. The Citadel Neamt is a good example in this case :)
The view in Spring, with trees is bloom... Magical!
Citadel Neamt welcomes you from above and you immediately have a feeling that this place is larger than life. It feels rather intimidating and as you walk towards the bridge you start imagining the princesses strolling about the place and viewing the world and feeling on top of it :) We spent about one hour and a half around the place and the pay - ticket - per person was only 5 RON (almost 5 zloty) and totally worth it! Take your time and visit every chamber and see every picture. We were there in April so the tower was closed - it is open only during summertime - but everything else was open to see. Do go to the frontal side of the Citadel and enjoy the view from inside... you can see miles away and the mountains shaping out :) It is indeed a sight for sore eyes and all 3 musketeers - Marek, myself and Alex - loved it! We recommend it from the bottom of our hearts! :)

Visiting hours: Monday - Closed
10:00 - 18:00 from April to September & 9:00 - 17:00 from October to March

Prices (as of May 2015): 5 RON for adults and 3 for youngsters + 10 RON for picture taking/video

You can also have a wedding/baptism inside the Citadel ;)  and that would cost you only 500 RON and the people participating don't have to pay the entrance fee.

** This post was made out of love for great medieval castles/citadels - made in Romania :) I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :) For more citadel pictures, with better light, you can go on their Internet Page - unfortunately no English version, just Romanian, but check the Photo area for some air pictures as well ;)
 
Yours truly,
The LadyBug That Loves History & Medieval Castles/Citadels
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