‘Travel Bug touched down in Romania’s second-largest city on Sunday morning. These are some of the fascinating facts he’s uncovered about Cluj-Napoca so far…’
City of art
The New York Times described the Cluj as an ‘unexpected art world hothouse’ and TB thinks this is probably a compliment, although he’s not entirely sure. Cluj has many contemporary art facilities, including Plan B, Soimil Patriei and Banffy Palace. With a huge student population, the emerging talent in the city is making waves across Europe. Travel Bug thought some of the work was even better than the drawings he made for his humans’ fridge.
Cluj-Napoca is 2,000 years old. Travel Bug thinks that’s probably older than the combined ages of his humans! And they’re really old. Mind you, he’s only 5, so he thinks everyone’s old. Anyhoo, the Romans set up a citadel in what’s now the city centre all those years ago and that’s how Cluj was originally established. At one point, Cluj was one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire.
As with many cities across the world, Cluj-Napoca has its very own dish. Varza a la Cluj is a kind of pork mince and cabbage layered meat pie. It comes out looking a bit like a lasagne and it has tomato sauce (passata) through it. It’s actually pretty good and Travel Bug wouldn’t mind having it for dinner back home in Wales.
Do you have any fascinating facts about Cluj-Napoca to share with the Travel Bug??