Thursday, April 22, 2010

More on the Villages Site

Time to catch up on the blog and all  the different structures at the Villages Historic Site.  I wasn't able to take a photo of all the information on all of the houses as we strolled through this Romanian National treasure.  I was fascinated by the detail on the top of the roof.  I wonder if those little spikes on the very top are to drive away the evil spirits from old legends?  They also remind me of some 19th century buildings in Paris in a way.

To the right is a carved details from this house.  What craftsmanship!  Imagine someone trying to have artisans work on houses that are built now.  I suppose if you had buckets of money, it could be done.  But for the everyday person like thee or me, don't think so.

The details on the top of this gateway into the estate of a well-do-to farmer in Gorj county is reminiscent of the other house.  These details almost remind me of flames.

This is a special sort of dwelling from the Danube Delta region of  Draghiceni from the 1800s.  It is dug into the ground so that you step down into the house!  The reason for this is that this area is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.  Since it's partially earth-sheltered, it is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.  The winds are also fierce in this region and you'll see the aerodynamic shape of the roof and why Justin refers to it as a Hobbit House if you go to the Flickr site.

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I will post the rest of the photos from the Villages Site as well as some others from modern day Bucharest!

This is the interior of the hobbit house.  I think I got one very good shot of a small chair.  You can really tell how much smaller the people were back then as the chairs and stools all look like they would only fit children.

La revedere prietenii mei as they say here.
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