Not more than 100 years ago the population of Romania was mostly rural. It is known in history that the urban population was mainly composed from Jews, Hungarians, Turks and other ethnicities, that for centuries lived in Romania. The history says its story especially in Transylvania, where the main cities were, in fact, walled towns in which the Romanians had limited access. This is the case for Sibiu too, which had more than one wall (we were told 6) in order to protect itself. Today I will post about Astra Museum from Sibiu, which is a memory of what rural Romania used to look in the area.

Passing through the Zoo garden of Sibiu you enter the woods, heavily green in the summer time. On the left, the lake lays waiting for small boats to navigate on it. Entering the open air museum, your eyes will be catch by the colors of the rural houses. Different types of rustic will be at your feat: the special gates, the mix of elements in the diverse roofs, the division of the space inside. Each house can be visited inside and various traditional objects are waiting for somebody to learn their story. You may find many places to enjoy your own food in the park, but there’s also one restaurant in case you want to try some traditional Romania food. My all-time favorite in the area is a dish made with polenta, special cheese (burduf) and eggs; it’s perfect served with some rustic potatoes and a glass of palinca. Ah, I would like to have all of these right now!

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