Wednesday, June 11, 2008
June 7, 2008 we arrive in Baia Mare to meet Alina's family
Then up the hill to Victor's (Alina's father), big 10-year old house with a huge garden and orchard behind the house just at the foot of the mountains.
The BEST sweet, dark cherries you can imagine.
FIRST we had a fantastic, all home-cooked Romanian meal with Victoria, Alina's mother. Her top-floor apt. in the city of Baia Mare (it means 'Big Mine' for the ancient gold and other heavy metal mines going back to Roman times) has views of the Carpathian mountains. This was a strategic center for millenia.
shopping mall (Chuck helped develop) to break up the drive