Today, I had the privilege of going to Timişoara, Romania. Timişoara is 73KM from where I was born and 44KM from where I was located in the hospital. This is where my father and a few other fellow Canadians went to sign papers and go through the legal court proceedings. It was a privilege to not only stand where my father stood 24 years ago but to also see the historical spots of the Revolution of 1989. The wonderful lawyer, Florin, who is assisting me in getting my Romanian Citizenship, showed me around Timişoara. He was a great personal tour guide, with a lot of knowledge. So thoughtful of him and his friend to think of me as they made the trip to Timişoara. SO fortunate to of made this connection. Truly a genuine human being. He does so much for my family and the little people in Romania that he is truly a Saint.
Here are some photos from today!
ENTRANCE TO THE COURTHOUSE WHERE MY FATHER WENT TO GET MY ADOPTION APPROVED IN 1990.
THE COURTHOUSE WHERE MY FATHER WENT TO GET MY ADOPTION LEGALIZED.
ANOTHER ANGLE OF THE COURTHOUSE.
THE ROOM WHERE MY FATHER STOOD IS AT THE END OF THE BUILDING.
TITLE OF THE COURT
THE NAME OF THE STREET HAS THE LAST NAME OF VLAD THE IMPALER, AKA DRACULA FROM THE BRAM STOKER STORY. THE ROMANIANS SAY THE LAWYERS IN THE GOVERNMENT IS FULL OF VAMPIRES, other than Florin and his Friend. SO IT IS FUNNY, THE STREET THAT THE COURTHOUSE IS ON IS NAMED TEPES, WHICH IS DRACULA’S LAST NAME.
THE OPERA HOUSE ACROSS FROM THE REVOLUTION SQUARE. 1989 REVOLUTION.
FOUNTAIN IN REVOLUTION SQUARE. MY FATHER HAS A PHOTO OF MY FRIEND GHEORGHE’S MOTHER TRISH, SITTING ON THE LEDGE OF THE FOUNTAIN.
KING FERDINAND – THE FIRST KING OF ROMANIA.
THE BULLET HOLES FROM THE 1989 REVOLUTION.
THIS IS THE ORTHODOX CHURCH ACROSS FROM THE REVOLUTION SQUARE. SO MANY PEOPLE RAN TO THIS CHURCH THE DAY THE REVOLUTION BROKE OUT. AS THEY RAN TO THE CHURCH TO TAKE COVER THE MILITARY SHOT THEM. THEIR BLOOD DRAINED DOWN THE CHURCH STEPS AS THEY WERE ALL SHUT OUT.
INSIDE THE BEAUTIFUL CHURCH!
THE STORY BEHIND THIS BEAUTIFUL STATUE IS OF REMUS AND ROMULUS. BEFORE ANCIENT ROME WAS CONSTRUCTED, A WOLF FOUND THESE TWO BABY BOYS AND GAVE THEM MILK FROM IT’S OWN TIT. THESE BOYS GREW TO CREATE THE ROMAN EMPIRE WHICH THEN DEVELOPED THE COUNTRY OF ROMANIA.
THE BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE OF THE BUILDINGS IN REVOLUTION SQUARE! SOME HAVE BULLET HOLES FROM 1989 AND HAVE NOT BEEN REPAIRED.
THIS IS WHERE THE 1989 REVOLUTION STARTED. IN THIS PROTESTANT CHURCH!
CATHOLIC CHURCH, ORTHODOX CHURCH AND LAST PHOTO IS OF THE JEWISH SYNAGOGUE NEXT TO THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.
BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE IN OLD TIMISOARA! ALL THE PHOTOS ARE BUILDINGS OF OLD TIMISOARA!
ANCIENT ROMAN RUIN!
THIS IS WHAT HUNEDOARA-TIMISANA AND THE WESTERN COUNTRY SIDE LOOKS LIKE. THERE ARE MOUNTAINS IN ROMANIA BUT THIS IS THE AREA WHERE I WAS BORN AND WHERE MY MOTHER LIVES. VERY FLAT AND BARE! LOTS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND!