Once upon a time, aside the main road connecting the south of Romania to the north, somewhere between the towns of Roman and Iasi, hidden in the middle a beautiful forest, you could discover the Sturdza Castle inMiclauseni.
And there, in the beginning of the 20th century, during summer time or even early autumn, the wide, sunny meadows around the castle or on the alleys between the high, shady trees, would often guest elegant people gathering for exclusive parties.
Oh, wait, but if I look closer to the people, I see that this is a picture from nowadays!
And of course it is, since, for the last 3 years, at the beginning of September, the Sturdza Castle in Miclauseni has recreated the atmosphere from of the early 20th century, with the event JOURNEY TO 1900.
This year, the event took place on the 3rd and 4th of September and gathered more than 3000 people from the nearby cities (Roman – 21 km, Iasi and Bacau – 66 km, Piatra Neamt – 71 km, Suceava – 102 km) and not only.
During the 2 days of this magnificent journey, he who arrived here met refined ladies and elegant gentlemen, taking long walks around the castle on foot, accompanied by the sounds of music, or by carriages, drinking rose water or Ginkgo Biloba tea (prepared from the leaves of the tree that imposingly guards one of the castle’s sides) dancing waltz or just sitting in a shade for a rest.
Some of the ladies and gents attending the event came dressed in proper dresses and suits, some rented the costumes from one shop in the castle’s yard (for 60 lei/ day), some went just for some accessories to remember of the old age and some just felt excellent in their usual clothes, as the good vibe was the only one that really mattered.
The atmosphere was completed by children running around and playing, eating candy cotton, learning archery, learning how to paint on ceramic pots, how to decorate wooden boxes, using the decoupage technique, or how to create their own pieces of jewellery.
Visitors were invited to watch plays or dance shows (waltz and tango), to listen to music concerts or poetry reading, or to enjoy a visit into the castle and discover its beauty, as well as some special collections, brought especially for this amazing JOURNEY, from Peles Museum, Iasi Museum or the Toys Museum in Bucharest.
There were also waltz classes for the visitors (30 lei/ couple), workshops for good manners when eating (free), an antique fair and a lot of souvenirs shops, from hand-made jewels or candles, Belle Epoque hats, to Romanian traditional costumes.
But, by far, the most expected moment was the vintage costume parade, where visitors dressed to the etiquette of the event were also invited to the parade. I felt like I was in Cinderella story, taking photos of all those elegant characters floating around the Castle…
I am sure that seeing all these images that seem taken from a history book, you will now plan your trip for the next edition of JOURNEY TO 1900, at Sturdza Castle, in Miclauseni.
And, if you want to enjoy this really wonderful place sooner, I want you to know that the Castle is opened every Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 18, when it can take a tour with a guide, every hour. The ticket is only 10 lei/ pers. But you can enjoy his surroundings every time.
And, if you want to stay here for more, the Castle has a great restaurant, with traditional, exquisite dishes and also offers accommodation for 40 people.
And just to give you one more glance about the castle, here is a little history about it: also known as the Sturdza Palace, the castle is an impressive neo Gothic style residence of the Gheorghe and Maria Sturdza family, built between 1880 and 1904, on the site of an old 16th century mansion. The Castle is a copy of western feudal castles and reminiscent of the Palace of Culture in Iasi and the Royal Palace in Ruginoasa. Building plans were made by architects Julius Reinecke and I. Grigsberg .Built under the family’s motto: Utroque clarescere pluchrum (The beauty shines all around), the castle’s facades are decorated with exceptional elements, that bravely resisted to all the dark times this building has passed through. The paintings inside were made in Art Nouveau style, by the architect Julius Reinecke and the lady of the castle, Maria Sturdza, which was very talented.
More details about this amazing place, on: https://www.facebook.com/Castelul-Sturdza-Miclăușeni-178603472151571/?fref=ts0