From Tulcea to the Great Sea, Danube spreads itself
into tens of channels which are penetrating like the blood arteries
a body, a phantastic world which invites you to discover.
But firstly stop in Tulcea, the entry gate of
the Danube Delta listening the remote call of Delta's birds and
breath deeply the humid air enriched by promising fragrances
of muddy waters and fishes.
The new Tulcea, like any Romanian town along the
Danube with unatractive socialist building blocks, but especially,
the old Tulcea miraculously escaped from Ceausescu's caterpillars,
sitting on green hills, hidden behind the blocks with churches
speaking in terms of multiculturality.
The local women are beautiful, here people mixed
together and not seldom a blond hair ornates a levantic phisionomy.
Do you want to enter the Delta as an informed
tourist? Stop a while in Tulcea's museums,you won't regrete it,
no matter which, the Art Museum, the Danube's Delta Museum, the
Archaeology Museum or the Ethnographical Museum.
Maybe you will argue telling me that it was not
your intention to do so, but you will not believe me when I will
tell you that in the Art Museum of Tulcea you will find splendid
classical works belonging to Darascu, Tuculescu, Ciucurencu,
but also modern works of Maxy, Marcel Iancu, Victor Brauner you
did not think about .
Tulcea is the starting point of our adventure,
but the second location we recommend is Sulina.
Because Sulina it can offer the emotion of discovery
of the traces of the discreet charm of a multiethnic and multicultural
bourgeoisy which lived here at the place where Danube flows its
waters into the sea.
It is like the descent on a submerged Titanic,
that is the image offered by Sulina covered by a timeless protective
Surrealistic images abound, houses worned down
by time, old fences, dried weeds guarding a dusty road crossed
by a water way where a huge ship serves as a backstage.
And the graveyard, oh, the graveyard, a memory
of a lost world, the one of an Europe which was present here,
the Europe which neglects now our European condition is here
received by the Romanian ground, forgotten, and integrated through
English, French, Italians as well as Turks, Jews looking for
an Eldorado and finding the peace into this remote corner of
But Delta means primarily miriads of channels
between Tulcea, Sulina and Sfantul Gheorghe, covered by boats
through rustling rods, pushing away floating islands called "plauri" and
awakening ducks, swans and pelicans in clearlike sky lakes, and
especially watching the water tremolo under the fishing rods;
it means also small lands between channels just to nourish a
heaven's garden, fantastic dawns spent in tired boats coming
back at home, hot sands on remote and deserted beaches at Sulina,
Sfantul Gheorghe, or Portita.
Maybe it will be better to start our journey in
the world of history and legend on the hills of Macin under the
ruined walls of Heraclea, letting snakes and hawks to siffle
into your ears the story of argonauts who left these places to
look for their golden wool crossing the Razelm and Black Sea's
waters toward their destination, the famous Colchida.
What could I tell you to make you act?
Passing a little bit in a commonplace register,
I invite you to enjoy a fish bortsch, prepaired by a fishermen
under a weeping willow, to sip a vodca in front of the fire when
you finish the day with that joy the locals are practising, to
fish a big pike fish or to enjoy rowing through rustling reeds
in any direction, living the freedom that Delta offers with so
Gheorghe Samoila, Project manager