THE GREEN HOUSE-Anca
“...on 3 Victoriei street which is so very cosy and almost magical, with just one window painted in a different shade of green; not to mention it’s one of the last examples of traditional houses from Dobrogea still standing in the centre of the city…. And the pancakes from City Bistro because they have a lot of chocolate and fruits (like all pancakes should have)”
THE INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT-Ben
“I don’t know if it’s the highest point of the city but it surely is the one which allows you to see most clearly what happens in Tulcea: the waterfront in its entire length and the flow of people passing by with or without a purpose, the Danube that winds down and transform itself from river into a delta, all the hills of Tulcea (the Romanian Istanbul), all the traditional houses covered with greenery to protect them from sun, all the possible shapes of churches that makeup this visually and ethnically diverse region, and, finally, the Potemkin stairs that lead to the local Independence Monument. A special place, between earth, water and heaven, between intimate and grand, for those who like national epics as well as for those who fear them.”
THE TURKISH SHOP AND ALL ITS PRODUCTS-Corina
“I admit it took me a few years to discover it, even though I was passing by it every time I was in Tulcea. It’s true that I was always running from point A to B, until one hectic morning at the festival, a friend, who was standing at one of the two tables in front of the shop told me : ‘They have millet beer!’. ‘What’s that?’, I replied. And jackpot, twice, I discovered millet beer which I now adore, and the Turkish shop where I go every time I am in Tulcea. They have Turkish coffee, Turkish delight, Turkish tea, Turkish copper pots, candied nuts and many more. But most importantly it’s a warm place with friendly people which is why you always come back. To drink a good coffee, to sunbathe with the taxi drivers or a millet beer, and it’s as if the day has more meaning in every sense.”
Also known as the Gate To The Danube Delta, Tulcea offers the perfect venue for such an event that is focused on the environment. It’s a multiethnic town, situated on a number of hills, with Danube at its feet, in its path towards the Delta and later on towards the Black Sea. As you might have guessed, its main attraction is the river Danube and its Delta, which starts right here. One might say that all the roads lead to the Delta, a vast fortress, where water meets land and creates a floating paradise for so many species, not to mention fishermen, hunters and of course bird watchers.
The Reservation of The Danube Delta is the second largest one in Europe when it comes to size, and the third one in the world if we are talking about its ecological importance.
The Romanian government and the world nature organizations have started to give special attention to preserving this international treasure. As a consequence, the Reservation Of The Danube Delta has been recently included in various national and international programs meant to raise awareness for preserving this ecological habitat.
The goal of the Festival is also to draw attention to taking care of this fragile reservation, as well as to the come up with solutions for sustainable development of the area.