Transalpina Road Trip & Cooking with the LocalsWith: Gabriela
What you need to know about this Transalpina Road & Cooking with Locals Trip:
- This is a private trip for small groups. Minimum booking required for 2 people
- Included: transport from Bucharest to Novaci by train and bus, local transport in Novaci, one night stay, all meals, cooking workshop, visit to private museum and road trip to Transalpina
- Transport is done by train and bus, but if the group consists of 3-6 persons, we can rent a car or minibus
- You will see a traditional Romanian blouse collection and also do a road trip on Transalpina Road to admire the views
- 1 night accommodation in a traditional guesthouse (clean rooms, big common spaces, en suite bath)
- The cooking workshop: we will make bread (the traditional way, baked in a traditional oven), and 2 other local dishes, from local recipes and local ingredients.
- If the group consists of 3 persons, we will make "cozonaci" (Romanian sweet bread, made especially for holidays). The process takes around 8 hours and involves 2 people of the household full-time. You can watch, contribute, learn and enjoy the results!
We will have plenty opportunities for taking photos of the landscapes and amazing countryside.
The activity of making sweet bread implies interaction with kitchen utensils, flour, dough and other sweet ingredients, including allergic ingredients such as walnuts.
Moments to expect during the Transalpina Road & Cooking with Locals Trip:
Learn how to make sweet bread 'cozonaci' from the pro
If the group consists of minimum 3 persons, we will make cozonaci!
We will prepare the ingredients, knead the dough, cook the special stuffing with raisins and walnuts and see the final process of putting the "cozonaci" in the oven. In the meantime, we hear the stories behind the celebrations that have "cozonac" as a central dish (Easter, Christmas, weddings, baptisms) while tasting traditional drinks (plum brandy, sour cherry liqueur) and local dishes (aperitifs, soup, broth, polenta and smoked sausages). And, of course, cozonac for desert.
Stay at a local guesthouse
You'll stay in a traditional guesthouse, with private bathroom, private entrance, linings, everything else needed to make your stay pleasant.
Learn about traditional Romanian hand-made costumes
We will visit the private museum of Daciana Ungureanu, a local artist who inherited from her family many traditional Romanian objects. Two of the dowry coffers of the collection are full of costumes from the region of Otenia which are hand made with old lace. Extremely fine pieces, they are woven in amazing colors and details using various techniques and materials. "I do not have enough words to describe them, you must see them.", says Daciana who is very happy to receive guests.
1800m view from Transalpina - also known as 'Devil's Pathway'
Transalpina is the highest mountain road in Romania linking the region of Oltenia to Transilvania. We will follow the road to it's highest point at 1800m and admire the splendid scenery from above the clouds.
- Starting point: Novaci
- Nearest airport: Craiova Airport
- Nearest train station: Targu Jiu Railway Station
- Landscape: Countryside, mountains
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