Fun activities for a family | Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is the perfect destination for a family vacation, as it has to offer many fun activities for all ages. First of all, daily boat trips can take you almost anywhere in this charming water landscape, depending on what you choose to do. Second of all, every day there is something new to learn about or discover if you have never been on a river’s delta before: bird watching, catch and release fishing, safari tours in sandy forests and adventure travel on narrow water channels. Above all else, the food is fantastic, especially for fish connoisseurs. Amid the local recipes, some of the most delicious are Sturgeon borscht, Pike caviar, grilled Scomber and Carp in spicy brine sauce. So we went on a trip to Danube Delta and enjoyed a lot of fun activities for a family of four.

Fishing and boat trips with your kids

As a mother of two, a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, I wondered what they would do in the Danube Delta all day long? The answer came in the morning we arrived. Having seen the fish rods of other tourists, they asked if they could try it. My kids have never gone fishing before, but in the Danube Delta, this was their most beloved activity. They stayed near the water for hours to wait for a fish. When the fish bit the hook, they were so happy!

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Children fishing in the Danube Delta

Another activity I strongly recommend when visiting the Danube Delta is a boat trip. Although boats travel pretty fast, on some of the water channels and when encountering other ships, the driver needs to limit the speed and break the waves. Kids can quickly fall asleep on a long trip, as my son did after just one hour of cruising the Danube Delta, so I suggest finding a route that does not take more than two or three hours. My children were so happy to spot different species of birds they have never seen before:

– Look, mom! There is a pelican! And another one there! My son wholeheartedly broke out.

Fun activities for a family at the Aquarium

After taking a peek at all those new birds and plants: reed, water lilies, water willows, white locust trees, I hinted at a visit to the Aquarium or Danube Delta Nature Science Museum in Tulcea.

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Kids at the Aquarium in Tulcea

It was one of the most inspired activities we had in Tulcea, and I thoroughly recommend it for a family with children. The museum has a collection of all the birds and plants we had already seen in the Danube Delta wildlife. My kids recognized them all, but they also learned more details about the Danube Delta life on and under water. In addition to a typical fish hatchery, the big surprise for them was the large Dolphin aquarium and the colorful exotic fish water tank.

Kids will be very thrilled to watch Nemo and Dolli swimming in the aquarium.

Finally, the most delicious fish soup my family and I have ever tasted had been cooked here, in Danube Delta and we love to eat fish. For some, this could be one of the most unforgettable fun activities for a family in the Danube Delta.

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Danube Delta sunset

Sunsets in Danube Delta are spectacular, and my children fell in love with them.

Back to Transylvania Castle

back to Transylvania castleYou are back to Transylvania castle region of Romania.

You are in a thick forest, the deepest you have ever seen before.

Then, you close your eyes. It’s night. It’s very dark; you hear the beasts in the forest. They are not sleeping judging by the sound they make.

However, you dare to walk throuback to Transylvania castle batgh the trees and bushes. Your heart is beating so fast, and so loud, it seems like all the beasts can hear you. You feel like your body is all made of a big heart.

And then you see it…

Dracula’s Magical Castle

back to Transylvania castle bat It’s all there, stone by stone, in front you.

You are looking around and nobody’s there. Just you and the castle and the creatures of the forest.

What would it be if Count Dracula was here?back to Transylvania castle Dracula drawing

However, you open the gate and go inside. It’s a massive castle made of stone. All around you see candles, a big table, a stone fireplace, curtains made of red velvet. All these together make the atmosphere to be sweet and dangerous ♥

Suddenly, a secret door opens… you walk through it and then here you are climbing the stairs… one by one… attentive and open to any new thing that appears before your eyes. With each of your step, the space around you becomes smaller and smaller… the walls become closer to you …

And then you arrived, It’s a tinny secret door that opens in front of you, and there you are in the bedroom of Dracula!

The biggest bed lays in front of you. As you look around, fire is everywhere… candles, fireplace.

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You become sleepy as the air is thick and you are tired. You lay on the bed, close your eyes.

Yes, you are in the middle of…

Dracula’s chamber | Back to Transylvania castle

And all of a sudden all start to vanish in a spiral movement…. all… castle, forest, candles, beasts and you with them!back to Transylvania bat

Wake up! It’s morning. Just go and enjoy another magical day!

But you can’t forget it!

Go and see the forest and the castle … and when you reach the place, search for the secret stairs … it’s all there…

back to Transylvania castle garlic

Moreover, if you wish to experience the real thing, we recommend a night at Dracula’s Castle. Details to be found here.

Spiral Temple Adventure

So, dear friend, I invite you to pack your bags. We are about to go on the Spiral Temple Adventure together. Yes, you heard me right. It’s an old magical temple, carved in a cave. You won’t find much information about it on the Internet, but trust me, we are talking about thousands of years of history.

Spiral Temple Adventure cave

It’s a sunny Sunday morning, and we reach the place by car. Near the old cave, the Weirds Monastery awaits. As we exit our vehicle, we hear the priest singing. Consequently, the villagers gather inside and outside the church. They are all singing.

What an enchanting place this is! With birds singing, a lot of trees,🌳 wooden fences, a church and even a sacred cave. Also, there is a blessed refreshing water spring the adventurous traveler can try. Let’s try it! ♒

As we enter the temple, we arrive in the first chamber. Looking up, we can notice the stone is carved into a spiral form. The light goes down into the temple in circles through the spiral. It’s pure light.

I close my eyes and make a wish. Since here there is a custom to make wishes in sacred places or fountains, why not? 🌠

Spiral Temple Adventure | A History

We found out from the monks. This temple has different names like “The Temple of Destiny,” “The Temple of Wishes.” Once a spiritual crossing point at the border with The Austro-Hungarian Empire, The Șinca Veche Rupestral Monastery, in Brașov county, is an astonishing creation.

It is thought to have originated 7000 years ago. Some say it was carved in stone. And that would be an astonishing work. Different other galleries and chambers have disappeared over this extended period. It was discovered in 1742, according to some historical sources. Fortunately, the spiral of light in the temple and the altars used by monks inside are accessible for visitors like us too.

The Spiral Temple is a place where different people from all over the country come to address their wishes and prayers to God. By chance, we get to watch them write down names and wishes on pieces of paper and then stick them on the walls. The atmosphere is very spiritual here at the Destiny Temple or Mănăstirea Ursitelor as Romanians call it.

Then I notice a woman is praying to my left. She put her hands on the cold stone marked with an unknown sign, something like an hourglass. We all want to stay in the circle of light that comes from the spiral behind us. I wait my turn silently…⏳

The second chamber is a darker room. It has a hall, and the light from the spiral comes here too, but more powerful and in smaller circles of light. It’s a chamber of silence. I close my eyes and remain in the bright spot. One can feel how time stops.  My experience was incredibly close to hearing all the uttered prayers the cave encapsulated for hundreds of yearsIt feels magical and pure. 

A Spiritual Adventure at the Destiny Temple

Subsequently, my daughter joins me into the dark room, and she starts to run in circles around the circle of light formed inside the chamber. It’s a kind of tribal dance. We look stunned at her movements. It is such a profound moment. ♣

Into the third chamber, we are not allowed to enter. It is the darkest one. We can look into it, but the light is not helping us. If we make pictures, it is better. It has an altar within it.

The signs of Yin and Yang and the Star of David are present in the Altar. The Yin & Yang symbol is inside the Star of David.

A picture of a man is near these symbols. Don’t we know how old this picture is? Who is the man? But we notice that he is standing with his back to these symbols.

It is a place of acceptance. Admittedly we all have Yin and Yang inside us. We all have light and dark, feminine and masculine, good and bad. We are one. These are just faces of the same thing. 

I take a deep breath. The air is wet and sacred. I love this place ♠. True Spiral Temple Adventure, indeed.

Other symbols | The Spiral Temple Adventure continues

Then, I said to myself that I should keep up with my journey. As I step outside the temple, the mind starts to create questions and seek answers.

Why is this symbol of Yin and Yang here? Why is the Start of David here? And most important. Why is the Yin and Yang symbol inside the Star of David?

These are not common symbols in the local tradition. Who is the man drawn? Why is the stone of the temple so different than the other rocks around this place? Nothing is written around.

Some old stories mention something about a nearby Dacian settlement. No other clues.

I stopped to drink some cold water from the water spring in the vicinity. The water came so refreshing me. Finally, I take this moment with me and continue my journey. See you there!

You can make your wish, have good thoughts and then embark on a trip to Romania to experience a Spiral Temple adventure.

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