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One of the highlights of the tour will be the Gypsy Festival at Costesti. Romania's minority Roma (Gypsy) community flocks to Costesti by horse and cart - or even by expensive Mercedes! - to celebrate Romania's largest Roma festival. The village buzzes with flamboyant dancing and music-making, copper-pot selling and horse-trading. During the fair marriages are arranged and business deals are made. Their traditional, unique costumes are stunning, including their huge Hapsburg gold coins worn as a necklace. You will meet various gypsy tribes like the Caldarari (tinsmiths), Argintari (jewelers), etc. The festival is frequently attended by the worldwide Emperor of Gypsies.The tour will include a visit to Targu Jiu- home to the internationally famed modernist sculptures of Constantin Brancusi, (one of the 20th century's greatest sculptors). We will see the Endless Column - a memorial to World War I, the Gate of the Kiss, the Table of Silence and the Avenue of Chairs. We also visit Horezu, a village famous for its ceramics. There will be an optional hill-walk whilst staying in the foothills of Parang Mountains; and a little bit of Transylvania- a visit to the famous Bran castle, wrongly linked with Count Dracula.Here in Wallachia the "Brancoveanu" style flourished, with its porticoes and stone carving derived from native woodwork motifs. Romania's most remarkable examples of this unique synthesis of western and oriental architectural styles is Hurez Monastery built during the reign of Constantin Brancoveanu in the 17th century in Wallachia. The Turks called Brancoveanu "Altan -bei" (Golden Prince) and his reign went down in history as the golden age of Romanian art and literature.

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