Archive | August, 2012

Prospero Delicii!

31 Aug

A chain bakery/cafe, Prospero Delicci has multiple locations in Timisoara.  The one frequented by students is a quick 5 minute walk away from the West University Dorms, great for a quick coffee to wake you up before class.

Their food selection includes cakes, different sorts of bread, caffeinated as well as fruit drinks, and ice cream too if desired!  Their choices of confectionaries and breads varies on what time you go to the bakery.  I would recommend going early morning before 11AM, when there are more cakes available and the breads baked are at their freshest.  I’ve come here a number of times, and I’ve tried quite a variety of their foods.  My favorites so far would have to be their pizza bread and their ‘Incredible Chocolate’ brownie.  

Service here is fast and friendly and English-speaking.  There are areas both inside and outside where you can settle down to read a book or surf the web with their free wifi!  A pleasant and clean atmosphere overall- I would recommend a visit for those who are looking for a more westernized establishment.  A 3.5/5 stars from me!

By Claudine Chua


Timisoara Opera and Operetta Festival

28 Aug

Almost all of us have an experience of watching opera in the Opera House or other in-door theatres. But how many of you have an experience of watching opera at an open-air stage? Citizens and visitors of the city of Timisoara, for sure, have such a great experience!

This weekend, the 24th-26th August, the eighth annual “Opera and Operetta Festival” took place in the Rose Park. Professional singers from different countries and a professional orchestra crew performed “Land of Smiles” by F. Lehar, “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi, “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss and “Star Glass” children opera at the open-air stage. The festival gathered more than 1000 viewers. Everyone could enjoy spectacular opera and operetta performances during these warm summer evenings.

Are you interested and excited about the event? Then don´t miss your chance to enjoy opera and operetta performances next weekend, the 31st August – 2nd September. “Carmen” by G. Bizet, “Gypsy Baron” by Johann Strauss and Gala Concert of Opera, Operetta and Ballet will be performed for you in the Rose Park. For sure, this festival is worth to see!

By Fung Sheung Yee and Oleksandra Karavan

Timisoreana Restaurant

27 Aug

cordon bleu, grilled vegetables, timisoara, romania, romanian dish, rice, liverTimisoreana restaurant is located in the city centre, Opera Square.  There is the option of eating indoors in the basement restaurant or to enjoy a view of the square in the outdoor section.  Here they serve traditional Romanian food, with the average price dishes ranging from 10-20 Lei.  Dishes I have tried there include their tripe soup, polenta, as well as some grilled vegetables and rice with nuts and liver.  All of these dishes have tasted excellent and fresh.

Service here is average compared to other restaurants here in Timisoara.  If you want to enjoy your meal in the outdoors section of the restaurant, it might be a bit of a wait as both times I’ve been there the place was quite busy.  For all you non-smokers, be aware that this is still a restaurant that allowed smoking in all sections too.

Overall a very pleasant and filling experience, and most definitely one of the better restaurants that I’ve visited here in Timisoara.  I give the place 4/5 stars.

By Claudine Chua

A Walk In the City Centre – Tour 1

25 Aug

The settlement was formed soon after 1000 AD by the Hungarian king. The fortress was conquered in 1552 by the Turks and in 1716 a major change was brought  by Austrian Prince Eugene of Savoy. The city developed rapidly in the hands of the Habsburgs and than during the economic boom as well. The first electrical street light was introduced here, in Timisoara. 

In the 18th century, to keep the Turks away a large fortress  with nine bastions and three fortification walls was built. 1,5 km away from the fortress three neighbourhoods were pushed: Fabric, Iosefin, Elisabetin.

Libertatii Square was the second fortress of Timisoara. The new city with new fortifications  in 1732 and 1761 needed a modern fortress, much larger than the old one.

The Timisoara Garrison Command (“New Generalate” – 1727).


Mary-Nepomuk monument was started by the famous Raphel Donner, but the work was finished by Wasserburger and Blimm. It is made in the typical style of Viennes Baroque.

The Military Casino is an elegant building, common for the late Baroque and rococo styles.

The Old City Hall, built as the “German community hall” in 1731, was rebuilt several times until it received its nowadays eclectic appearance, in 1853. The large room upstairs was a famous ballroom in the city, in the 18th century.


Public Hospital probably was the first public hospital in the Habsburg Empire (older than the Allgemaines Krankenhaus in Vienna).

The church of Misericordian monks, built between 1748 and 1753, today  is a Greek-Catholic church.

The Cetate Synagogue, built between 1863 and 1865in the so-called “Moorish architecture” style which prevailed in the building of Mosaic temples in the Empire.

Nicolas Lenau High School with instruction in German. In this building there was the first theater.

Information about the second part of the tour of the city centre is coming soon!

By Anna Smierzchalska

Rugby Club Timisoara

23 Aug

Today we will cover a different aspect of Timisoara, it’s all about sports! More specific, RC Timisoara (rugbyclub). This is the semiprofessional club of Timisoara that plays in the first division of Romanian rugby. The most notable results the club ever got was the championship in 1972. Of course this is basis for a lot of pride and respect because The Bucharest rugby club used to get the national title every year, and finally someone was able to stand up against them. Up next some facts about the rubgy club:

  • The team is known as “universitatea” which is explained by the historical ties with the University of Timisoara.
  • The matches take place in Stadionul Electromotor, which has a capacity of 1,000 seats. At every match played at home, fans do not hesitate to come and encourage their favorite players.
  • Since 2012 the coach of the club is Chester Williams who’s nicknamed was the “black pearl”, a former South African rugby player who is considered to be one of the best players in his country. This is a symbol of the attractiveness of the club and leads also to more exposure. After the succes of 1972, things pretty much went back to ‘normal’ Bucharest is once again the best team of Romania, and Timisoara has to stay in their shadow for now, lurking for more succes at the second place.

This club is one of the examples that show the passion for sport that the city has. Rugby in Timisoara definitely plays a major role in the sport life of Timisoara. After football, rugby is the most popular sport in the city. Come to the stadium to  support the rugby players and be sure to spend an amazing time.

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By Florent Debbonet

Aethernative Café: Just try it

21 Aug

Aethernative Café, situated on Str Marasesti 14, is a place which is worth to visit in Timisoara without any doubt. By the way, it is located in the same building as the club “d’Arte”. This café has gained its popularity among young people due to its  extraordiness and freshness.

A special atmosphere of this place is already noticeable after crossing the threshold thanks to artistic graffiti on the walls. Lots of bicycles located in the hall tell us that this place is appreciated by the youth of Timisoara. Moreover, when the weather is good, people can spend their leisure time in a small garden in the middle of the café. The interior of the café with its extraordinary decorations and artistic works also encourages people to come in. On the walls we can find handmade graphics and photos which create a harmony with the lights of this place. At the bar we can find many different cocktails and beers at affordable prices. The coffee is served in special porcelain glasses with a piece of history of Timisoara depicted on them.

From time to time, different events such as concerts of local groups and film festivals are organized in this café. That is why this place plays a very important role in the cultural life of Timisoara. This café is also a perfect place to enjoy time with your friends around a delicious  drink or to invite someone for a date. You are always welcome by the staff  which is also very nice and friendly.

For sure you will spend an unforgetable time in Aethernative Café. It is time to try something new…Come and enjoy!

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 10 am – 1 am
Saturday: 12 pm – 1 am
Sunday: 5 pm – 1 am

By Anna Grzesica and Florent Debonnet

The Annual Navy Day Celebration, or something like that…

19 Aug

Last Wednesday, the 15 of August, I went to the most official event of Timisoara I have been at so far. I got up super early, at 9 AM or something, to be in time at the ship D’Arc de la Podul Tineretii. Because that day was the third annual Navy day (according to google translate and timisoreni).

This Navy day was a special one, it was 280 years ago that on this very canal, the Bega Canal, the first ship ever set sail to ‘Pancevo’. To celebrate this, a commemorative plate was officially dedicated and revealed by important people. Which leads me to the main problem I had with this event, everything was in Romanian! Besides a lot of ‘Timisoara’ ‘mulţumesc’ two ´Olanda´ and one ´Rotterdam´ (which made me verry proud as a dutchmen!) I was having a rather hard time understanding anything that was being said.

Somehow that didn’t make it less interesting. It was a really impressive event. Lots of people gathered, young kids, young couples, old people and a lot of officials. Both men and women in uniform where all over the place. Of course, the Honor Guard was present, aswell as the Banat Infantry Brigade 18 and a military orchestra.

The nicest thing about this was that I couldn’t rely on the words that where spoken to the audience. I had to be guided by there movements of the crowd. When everyone went to the left, I walked to the left, when we went to the water, I followed obediently. It felt more like a game then an official event because of this. And, of course, the sunny weather and an ice cold cola helped me to relax a lbit too!

I got to see a little of the navy traditions of a different country, I’m sure I heard the Romanian National Anthem somewhere along the way, and I can promise you it was definitely worth the effort it took to get out from my bed that early. So a tip for you guys for the next year, set your alarms, bring your video camera’s, follow the crowd and I promise you, you will enjoy yourselves to the max!

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By Leon Kuipers

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