Astra Film Festival (AFF), is a major event in the European film community and Romania’s leading documentary festival. It is located in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu and it is unique in this part of Europe. The Festival champions that particular type of engaged cinema, which produces a detailed and intimate account of the human condition in the form of powerful cinematic stories. AFF, which came into being 26 years ago, prides itself with having established a consequential framework for the development of documentary cinema in Central&Eastern Europe and having reinforced a platform for emerging filmmakers in Romania and in the entire region by providing networking opportunities as well as national and international visibility for their work.
We first heard about this place a couple of years ago and when checking it out more in detail, we were completely mesmerized by the idea of being in a remote area, in the beautiful Romanian mountains and exploring the surroundings on the back of a horse.
After visiting Rîu Sadului for the Burduf Challenege event, beginning of July, we paid this lovely village another visit one weekend later with a main purpose – to spend two days at a shepherd’s cottage up on the mountains surrounding the village and to get in contact with their daily routine and to enjoy the beautiful view around.
Piatra Craiului Mountain Range is one of the smallest ones in the Central Romanian Carpathians, but most probably one of the most fascinating, when talking about the landscape, the flora and the fauna. In July we had our first trip to Piatra Craiului, a 2 days short weekend trip with our daughter (and a couple of other friends), on an excellent weather, enough to convince us that we have to come back to explore this mountain’s paths some more.
If July and August are, for us, months when we run for the high mountains to escape the summer heat, May is for villages and relaxed country side, with good food, lots of outdoor activities for grown ups and kids and a warm sun for extra good vibes. Mid May, we took off from Sibiu in the direction of Bazna for a nice family weekend away from the city noise.
We’ve been to Paris several times before, even for longer periods of time, but the city never succeeded in attracting us, mainly because it’s super touristic and crowded and quite expensive. We never managed to get the true Parisian vibe, to understand what this city is actually about, leaving aside La Tour Eiffel, Champs-Elysées, Musée du Luvre or Notre Dame.
The Butterfly House (Ro: Casa Fluturilor / Hu: Lepkeház) is the first permanent house of live tropical butterflies in Romania. It’s located in Praid (Székely Land area from Romania inhabited mainly by Hungarians) and it’s an approximate 2.5 hours drive from Sibiu.