Sunday, 09 June 2013 06:19

Checking in from Timisoara

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I am in Timisoara checking in to see how St. Louis stacks up to this city in Romania. I've been asked a lot of questions about what Timisoara has and how it compares to St. Louis. Here are a couple answers.

The Fountain on Locust's Christine Johnson asked, "St. Louis has the City Museum, what does Timisoara have?"

I give the late Bob Cassily tons of credit where credit is due, but Timisoara is by no means lacking in the children's park department. There is a "parcul pentru copii" a few steps from my hotel. Just near the river's edge, children can ride mini-canoes through a small waterway, play in stick-huts, jump on trampolines, or play a giant game of chess. Adults can borrow a bicycle at the edge of the park from the "I love velo" green initiative program that the city implemented recently and ride around the city. The best part is that I have to walk through this park to get downtown, so it makes my walk that much more pleasant.

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The Bega river that borders the park

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Canoe ride. Unfortunately I'm too big to fit.

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Couples put locks on the fence across the bridge over the Bega to symbolize their love

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The fountain here lights up just like at CityGarden in St. Louis

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Stick huts for the kids

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The riverside

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A giant chess game. Think the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis is jealous?

 

I finally worked up the courage to borrow a bicycle on Wednesday. I do not pride myself on my bike-riding skills, but luckily I managed not to run into anyone or completely fall off (though I came close). I could ride across the whole city in about 10-15 minutes. The best part? The basket worked as a perfect place to keep all the pastries I couldn't help but to buy from the street vendors. 

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My sweet ride, photographed in Piata Unirii while I took a break to enjoy a coffee.


OnStL's Grant Murphy asked, "St. Louis has Budweiser, what does Timisoara have?"

Well, Grant, Timisoara has Timisoreana Fabrica de Bere. It's so close to my hotel that I can sometimes smell the malt in the air. The beer is light and easy to drink, and costs about one US dollar for a pint. Bottom's up!

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I have lots more questions to answer, so stay tuned. La revedere!

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