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For those of you who want to discover a forgotten rural area, who would like to enjoy the immensity of the Danube Delta but also get lost in small water channels flanked by willows, who would like to admire pelicans, egrets, bee-eaters, Caspian terns and many other birds, who would like to observe the unchanged life of the villages scattered around the old mountains of Dobrogea, then a photo tour of Dobrogea is perfect for you. (click on the pictures bellow for full view)
Dobrogea or Dobruja, the region of Romania east of the Danube River, is a territory which was under Ottoman occupation for many years. Taken into Romania in 1877, it was known for its diverse population of Turks and Germans, Romanians and Bulgarians. After years of integration and population exchanges, this diversity has been lost almost entirely – just a few minarets, some Russian architecture, several Turkish names, and a small Turkish minority remain as proof of that once-diverse culture. Excluding the Black Sea resorts and some of the larger cities, Dobrogea is like a trip into the past. It is here where you can admire lost villages with many empty houses, local fishermen hideouts, horse-driven carts, and courtyards with pigs and geese. Perhaps just the appearance of modern wind turbines breaks the rural atmosphere.