Let’s get this out of the way. I wasn’t particularly blown away by Piatra Neamt, the city we spent our first two days in. Not how I was with Transylvanian or the Black Sea coast cities. Granted, I’m notoriously hard to impress. But the region as a whole definitely got me interested. What I found was a region trying to become something. What that is I’m still not sure but their trying. And as a tourist it really stood out to me. The effort of it all.
As part of the #priNeamt press trip sponsored by the Romanian Board of Tourism, Blue Air, Petrom, Autobaca, Hotel Bistrița from Durău, and the wonderful Aristocratis Pension (delicious food and great atmosphere put on for us), I traveled with 60 bloggers, mainly from Romania and Moldova. We visited a good portion of the Neamt County and the Moldova (not to be confused with the country) region.
A SLOWER PACE TO LIFE
The region can be described in one word. SLOW!!! This can be a very good thing or a very bad thing depending on who you are. For me, somewhere in the middle. I found myself searching for inspiration rather than finding it. Thinking more than living. Neamt really forced me to evaluate not only my surroundings but my writing style. And I believe that is certainly a good thing.
Given the hustle of Bucharest and the popularity of Transylvania, travelers may yearn for a slower paced part of Romania. One thing that was largely impressive in this region is how simple it is. Not that it doesn’t have modernity ,Neamt County is largely small towns and rolling hills. Transylvania is stunningly beautiful, it’s largely populated and the towns are fairly interconnected. Neamt County, in contrast, is sparsely populated and spread out. This adds a simplistic and rugged charm to the area. This was definitely something I enjoyed. The ability to drive for miles and see nothing but rolling hills, roaming animals, and the occasional horse pulling a cart.
Natural and Cultural Purity
Few areas in Romania (and Europe in general) can compete with the untouched, natural beauty of Neamt County (also Bacau County) and the Moldova region. What I really enjoyed was the feeling I could get out of the car and just walk to any tree, lake, or animal that I saw. As if natural beckoned me to join it. To slow down and appreciate the world around me.
Piatra Neamt, Durau, Bicaz, and Vatra Dornei (in Suceava County) offer a “bit” of modernity but manage to stay true to their cultural values. By sharing their culture with us from #priNeamt, including some Romanians who had never been there, this region shows they have a progressive attitude towards tourism. Something the region truly needs.
My favorite images of #priNeamt
It’s been absolute murder trying to cut down my images to my favorite 30 (minus 3 hehehe). But here they are. The Moldova region definitely deserves a visit for nature lovers and those looking for a slower and quieter pace.
Between 5 and 11th of September I traveled #priNeamt – the third edition of the most important event dedicated to promoting in the online environment of a county from Romania. Details about this event on http://goo.gl/Lw8mzy Organizer: Eventur Bucharest. Powered by Petrom Romania. Main partners: Autoritatea Națională pentru Turism, CJ Neamț, City Hall of Piatra Neamț, Bistrița Hotel from Durău, Blue Air and AutoBoca Rent-a-car.
Quick shout out to my favorite sponsors on this trip. AutoBoca was awesome. The cars they provided us were perfect. Nice and comfortable. It allowed us the freedom to see this region far beyond anything a tour bus could have done. They truly are the stars of this project in my opinion.
Bistrita Hotel has a customer for life. Located at the foot of the Ceahlau mountains, Bistrita Hotel offers guest excellent amenities including a very affordable restaurant and bar. And did I mention the rooms with hot tubs?