#latergram: Architecture of Cluj-Napoca

Before our week of biking in Transylvania, we spent a day in the city of Cluj-Napoca, a bustling town of 400,000 that is host to many students (and, as it happened, to the Eurobasket basketball tournament during the week of our visit). With all the students around, we heard more English in Cluj than we had anywhere else since leaving the US, though almost none of it was accented in American.

The region had prospered in the late 1800s, leaving it with a legacy of beautiful buildings. We spent the day relaxing, buying train tickets, doing laundry, and giving ourselves a walking tour of town. The forecast rain was slow to arrive but came in with a bang, and we sheltered in a church for a windy downpour! The skies quickly cleared, though, and we continued our walking tour before picking up groceries to make ourselves salad for dinner. After two weeks of eating pierogis and roasted meats in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, a simple Greek salad hit the spot!

Belatedly, here are some of the lovely buildings around Cluj, several just across the street from our Airbnb! You can see a few Communist-era brutalist masterpieces and some Art Deco sprinkled in among the turrets …


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