Bucovina is the land of boletus (mushrooms), cream and fish. These three ingredients are often in the main dishes of the region. The food is plentiful and delicious, and if you eat at a local’s house, make sure you finish everything because it is considered impolite to leave food on your plate. But that shouldn’t be too hard to do with such appetizing cuisine.
One of the dishes specific to the region is the "Hârzob with smoked trout", which is trout smoked in fir branches and spiced with salt, pepper, garlic and "boia", a powder made from red peppers.
Pork dishes are also popular, including the tochitură Bucovineană, a pork stew served with polenta and a fried egg.
For something lighter, try the ciorbă Rădăuțeană – chicken soup with vegetables and a broth thickened with eggs, cream and flour – or the Boletus stew, typical for the region.
As we will combine visits with food, after a delicious local breakfast that includes also local cheese and homemade jam and others very tasty, we will go on a visit.
Visit VORONET Monastery (1547, most known for the frescoes with predominant blue color - Voronet blue, surnamed “The Sixtin Chapel of the East", these frescoes depict a fairy-tale world, painted on a "piece of heaven". This "jewel of Bucovina" was built by Romanian great ruler Stefan the Great in 1488).
The "Painted" Monasteries is the major Moldavian destination, because of the vivid and animated frescoes on their church walls. These depict Biblical and other scenes, designed in sequences almost like strip cartoons to educate the local people in the Orthodox religion. Due to their singleness, the monasteries in Bucovina are now UNESCO protected cultural sites. The art historians compare their artistic value with the mural paintings of San Marco church of Venice or the church of Orvietto. The secret of the Moldavian painters who prepared the colors and the techniques that made the paintings incredibly resistant is still a mystery.
In the afternoon, we will cross the Carpathian Mountains to Maramures, the famous region in the north-west of Romania, the countryside carved in wood!
Dinner to Casa Iurca for amazing local dishes.
Placed at the border with Ukraine, Sighetu Marmatiei is a place where Communism meets the peasant life. While the city center displays beautifully colored houses, majestic buildings, Sighetu Marmației houses also one of the dreadful Communist prisons - a reconstruction of the Communist past, from the personality cult of Ceaușescu to the Romanians’ daily life to the personalities.