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Romania facts and history in brief

Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Carei (Hungarian: Nagykároly, German: Grosskarol) is a city in Satu Mare County, northwestern Romania, near the border with Hungary.
It has 23,000 inhabitants (2004), 40% Romanians, 53% Hungarians, 3% Roma, and 3% Germans.

Its name was given after the name of an old noble family, the Károlyi.
The municipality contains two settlements, the city of Carei and the village of Ianculesti (Hungarian: Szentjánosmajor).
The neighbouring communities are Hungarian speaking villages with German origin, as Capleni (Hungarian: Kaplony, German: Kaplau), Urziceni (Hungarian: Csanálos, German: Schöntal), Foieni (Hungarian: Mezofény, German: Fienen), Sanislau (Hungarian: Szaniszló, German: Stanislau), Petresti ( Hungarian: Mezopetri, German: Petrifeld), Tiream (Hungarian: Mezoterem, German: Terem), Cauas (Hungarian: Érkávás), and Moftin (Hungarian: Nagymajtény).

The city of Carei was first mentioned in 1335 as being a borough of the Károlyi family.
Located in Szatmár County of the Principality of Transylvania, it became part of the Kingdom of Romania in 1919/1920.
Until 1940 Carei was in Salaj County, then it reverted to Hungary for a short time during World War II.
After the war ended Carei was returned to Romania by the Treaty of Paris.
It was located in the Baia Mare Region between 1952-1960, in the Maramures region between 1960-1968 and since 1968, it is in Satu Mare County.

Carei has a 13th century castle, modified in the 19th century.
The castle is surrounded by a dendrological park (one of the few of Europe) filled with some of the rarest type of trees and plants.

For a more information about Carei see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carei) November 2005
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This information was correct in November 2005. E. & O.E.

The second city Hui Chin and I visited during our trip around in Romania during 2005.

It was quiet late in the night when we arrived from Oradea by a very fancy little train.

Wanted to save some time and went ask a couple of Police Officers standing around for directions to the nearest budget Hotel.

That was one of our more regretable decision we made around here, they opened up with questions oif all sorts. What are we doing? Why did we come to Carei? Etc, etc etc. We had to show them our Passports, looked thoroughly at every page and held on to it for a considerable time, while walking around and we 'anxiously running after them'. They also wanted to see our Rail Passes, cash and Credit Cards etc, etc, etc.

It was nearly ten o'clock at night when we arrived and it was after midnight they let us go. All this happened in the waiting room of Carei Railway Station with everybody walking around or being in there looking at us as the 'Main Attraction' in town right then.

After all that pointless 'grilling', we jumped into a Taxi to find a hotel quickly. The only hotel in town was on the far end of the town.

Next day, starting fairly early, went to explore Carei 'from head to toe' and found it a reasonably sized, pleasant place.

Unfortunately I do not have any of my photos of this place left, although we had four cameras between us and we have taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my most favoured cameras: a JVC video camera I favoured because of the quality of photos it produced, ease of use and its excellent compression rate, and my Panasonic camera for its miniature size. Both had large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife', with my wallet and money.
You'll see this message a few times, because my JVC and Panasonic cameras' cards had many-many pictures stored on them.

The Carei Castle (Cortesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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