Wonderful Romania. You have to go there and feel its pulse to see how Greek gods were born. Romania, which lies within the borders of ancient Thrace, is believed to be the birthplace of Dionysus, but its true origins are lost in the clouds of time. In Greek tragedies, he is depicted spreading his rituals in Thebes, but Homer, in a previous document, describes Dionysus as exiting from Thrace and practicing his rituals on the holy Mount Nysa. The Thracians were known as "grape growers" in the Iliad, and today Romania is known as the sixth largest wine producer in the world. Is there a link between legend and reality? There is only one way to find the answer: visiting Romania, tasting wine and enjoying traditional food, customs and celebrations.
According to The Rough Guide, “No trip to Eastern Europe will be complete without a visit to Romania. Wonderful landscapes and tremendous diversity in wildlife.” The Rough Guide also gives you travel alternatives: either via a package deal (and you won't be able to see disturbing facts in the country like poverty, beggars, etc.) or independently. Well, traveling independently is really the best idea, but such a trip shouldn't start without proper research. why? Because Romania is a wild country. No, not the people (although there are some voices warning you about pickpockets, especially in Bucharest and metro stations and train stations, however you will not find them in the wild), but it is about relief and road structure: many roads are narrow or there are no traffic signs. Some are in very poor condition and require maintenance. Some roads are not even designated, especially those that traverse prairies in the mountains or some villages. Besides finding bed and breakfast cottages with offers that are closest to what Roman traditions can call, you will need a local guide and not the directions of a specialized tourist agency. Romania's charm lies in the less visited areas. There you will learn the true meaning of Roman hospitality.
Carpathians' traditional bed and breakfast will not provide you with modern appliances such as televisions and massage showers. The chances of residency are somewhat Spartan, to remind you of the way people used to live in the last century: Enjoy life to the fullest, but the simplest and purest. You'll get a chance to sample the famous homemade roman wines, "tuica", or a peasant drink (brandy made from peaches, apples, or mibel). Some of the finest Romanian wines you can sample bed and breakfast chalets in the Brahova Valley: Clabucet, Cioplea and Trei Brazi. These tourist agencies are highly recommended and visited by Roman and foreign tourists.
Less popular with the public are chalets such as Pensiunea Micsunica in Sinaia, Casa Ardeleana in Predeal or Miraj in Azuga. And if you're going to Brahova Valley, make sure to go and see Babele and maybe spend the night in the unique Cabana Babele. Note: Although Babele can be reached by cable car from Busteni, if you choose to hike there, you will have an unforgettable experience: sudden changes in climbing, special encounters (do not be afraid of dogs … there are some Roman Shepherd dogs Meuret guarding Babel Chalet.