|Pack of cigarettes||$4.32|
|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.23|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$0.62|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$5.55|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$0.62|
Târgu Jiu, the capital of Gorj County, is located on the Jiu River banks in the Southern Sub-Carpathians range in the province of Oltenia. Târgu Jiu has emerged as a tourist destination of choice with its stunning mountain scenery, cultural as well as historical attractions. The availability of plenty of cheap flights to Târgu Jiu has added to the popularity of this picturesque town.
One of the main attractions is a set of three sculptures that pay tribute to the 8,500 soldiers of the Romanian Army that perished protecting the Jiu Valley from the Germans; spread over a 1.5 km stretch in the heart of the city, the sculptures are named Silence Table, the Kiss Gate and the Endless Column.
The Art Museum is a vast repository of photographs of the life of Brancusi, the celebrated artist as well as works of other modern Romanian artists. The Gorj County Museum that houses colourful specimens of folk art of the Oltenia region is the very first Romanian County museum. The Ecaterina Teodoroiu Memorial House is dedicated to the enterprising Ecaterina Teodoroiu who dressed up as a man so that she could join the army to fight in World War I. At the Topi New Glass Design Studio, you can watch the celebrated glass artist, Mihai Topescu and create artistic and ornamental glassware. Cheap flights to Târgu Jiu are the best way of discovering this astonishing regional heritage.
Attractions in the neighbourhood include the Gorj Folk Art Museum; located in Curtisoara, 10 km to the town’s north, it is a enthralling open-air museum with barns, mills, stores and houses encircling a traditional 18th century manor house and a church. In the same area, there is the Cartianu Manor that is a superb example of the traditional architectural style of southern Romania; on display are traditional costumes, accessories and fabrics. At the Tismana Monastery, one of the nation’s oldest, monks continue to weave Oltenian carpets and paint glass icons in the traditional manner. Nature lovers will be enamoured with Sohodolului Gorges that features deep gorges, caves, spectacular stone columns and bubbling springs. Make it a point to stay for a few days in one of the hotels in Târgu Jiu for a memorable holiday.