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Oradea

Spring is here and i realised this week that it is my last week in Oradea. I'll be back here for a short weekend to say goodbye to everybody but that is it. Another farewell. Some people i'll see again but of many i know we'll never meet in the future. It has been a great time. Teaching english to kids was quite an experience. I'm not sure i'm cut out for a job as a teacher but i did enjoy it and apparently so did the kids. And they even learned something.. So all in all, it wasn't for nothing. And although Oradea will not be a popular tourist destination any time soon i loved living in this city. Even if it was for such a short time (4,5 months). I will miss this place. It has a nice ambience, some very good restaurants, a good night life and loads of nice people.

Although you can see from the state of most of the buildings that there is still a long way to go, Oradea is a really nice visit and has some beautiful buildings. I especially like the moon church and the old bishop palace that now houses a really nice museum. And steadily more and more buildings are renovated. Which is brilliant because Oradea has a really nice architecture from the late 1900's.

It isn't a rich area. Well rich is a very relative term but when taken in monetary value it isn't rich at all. And the current funds are used to improve the infrastructure in the hope that that will help investors to come to Oradea. But every now and then you see a huge house being build by someone who has acquired a lot of the 'good stuff' .

One thing that struck me is that all churches have either been renovated, are under renovation or a complete new church is being build. And i'm sure i counted at least 3 new churches being build. And i wondered whether that money couldn't be put to better use. But that is just me. Someone else could have a whole different point of view of course.

Too bad that most people who visit Romania rush through Oradea. And usually also forget about the whole Bihor County when there is so much to see here.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful town with virtually NO tourists and the only working moon mechanisme
  • In a nutshell:Don't visit so i'll be the only one knowing about this spot...
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  • Feb 24, 2008 at 5:42 AM

    your comments and recommendations about Oradea are very useful indeed , thank you ! If you have a free weekend to spend in the region Oradea is a good choice. Since you have left the city the Museum is closed awaiting for a transfer to another location.

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 8:28 AM

    http://www.cetateaoradea.ro - website of the fortress!!! http://nagyvarad.lap.hu/ - the best portal of Oradea

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    Feb 23, 2006 at 7:02 AM

    11 March-First VT meeting in Oradea, Romania We will meet in front of the National Theatre, at 4 pm. meetings.virtualtourist.com/...

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    Jan 29, 2006 at 12:50 PM

    Looks like you enjoyed your time teaching here -- I may well be visiting Oradea later this year, so thanks for a very nice page with interesting tips and great photos.

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    Mar 20, 2005 at 6:06 AM

    How could you let it happen?? Who the hell dared to hold Stinker by his tail? He shouldn't go to bars with you. He's underage rememebr?

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    Feb 13, 2005 at 7:20 AM

    Heel veel goed informatie! Tot schrijfs! Dank je well!

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    Feb 1, 2005 at 2:29 AM

    Good see where you actually live now. Oradea strikes me as quite and interesting city. Maybe you should start the tourist information centre?? ;-)

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    Jan 31, 2005 at 5:37 PM

    Romania is such an intriguing country and the people are so nice. Great tips, Mique. Pity about that synagoge. Such things should be kept.

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    Jan 24, 2005 at 11:25 PM

    You have done a really great job on your Oradea page. It looks to me now like a nice city somewhere in Europe :) I'm really impressed by what I see in your photos. I will visit Oradea someday! Regards! Codrut

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    Dec 29, 2004 at 11:20 AM

    Very nice page. This is a corner of Romania I would like to visit. One day I will.Keep up the great work and I will be back for more:)

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