In May we had the pleasure of welcoming our first guests for our family trips! We caught up with them afterwards to see what they thought of their time in the Delta.
Why did you choose to travel to the Danube Delta?
We have always dreamed of seeing the Delta but somehow never managed to get there. When we heard about Danube Delta Life we immediately thought that this was exactly how we wanted to travel and decided to go for it. We were attracted by the idea of unspoiled nature and of living in tune with the seasons.
What expectations did you have going into the trip and how did they differ from your experience?
We were expecting nature, and there is indeed lots of nature to be seen and experienced. We were also expecting remoteness, in terms of location, and this was also confirmed. Being in Sf. Gheorghe really feels like being at the edge of the world, but in a very positive way. We normally need a couple of days to tune off our daily stress and hustle, but in Sf. Gheorghe all the stress instantly vanished. We were also expecting to meet nice and welcoming people, and this was also largely confirmed. Both our host and our guide were incredibly accommodating and nice.
Do you think that you know more about the culture, nature and history of the Danube Delta now?
Yes, and this is to a large extent due to our guide and to the explanations he kindly provided. The talks with our host, as well as being part of the village yearly celebration, also helped us understand better the people and the culture of the place. We learned a lot about birds and plants, but also about the interesting natural processes at work in such an environment.
How did the children feel in the Delta? How was it for you, as parents, travelling to the Delta?
The children loved it. They generally like being out in nature, so they were spoiled in the Delta to be able to see so many animals and to walk around. In Sf. Gheorghe they could also explore freely, which is something we were not necessarily planning but was made possible by the fact that the village is extremely safe. There are almost no cars, so the kids could run around (mostly barefoot, which they loved) and be “independent” in looking for animals.
How were the relationships with locals? What most impressed you in being hosted exclusively by locals?
The inhabitants are very welcoming and friendly, everybody is greeting everybody. Staying with Tanti Natalia was great, as not only did we have nice rooms and bathrooms but the kids could also play in the garden and with Natalia’s animals. Her cooking is amazing, and we got to taste many new things. I definitely recommend this formula over the impersonal experience of staying in a hotel.
Do you have a favourite day or an activity that impressed you above all others?
The kids mostly loved the beach, including the walk to the beach, on a path through the dunes and a bit of forest. We liked everything we did and saw, but I think I was most impressed by the trip to Lake Cruhlec, on a narrow canal surrounded by lush vegetation.
Would you go back or recommend the experience to others?
Absolutely! We would love to go back, maybe in a different season, to continue exploring the Delta and interacting with its inhabitants. We have already recommended DDL to our friends and will surely continue to do so. It is an amazing experience for kids and parents alike, and, very importantly when one travels with children, a very relaxing holiday. The environment, the accommodation, the nice people, all make it possible for kids to be kids while the parents do not have to stress and can enjoy being on holiday themselves.
All photos courtesy of Irina and her family.