Timisoara (Romanian: Timisoara, Hungarian: Temesvár, German: Temeswar or Temeschburg, Serbian: Temisvar) is a city in the Banat region of western Romania.
With a population of 305,977 in 2004 (329,554 in 2000), it is the capital of Timis County.
It is frequently known in English simply as Timisoara.
Population: 317,660 - 2002 (census)
Sister cities: Faenza, Gera, Karlsruhe, Mulhouse, Rueil-Malmaison, Szeged, Sassari, Treviso
Geographical co-ordinates: 45°44' N 21°14' E
Postcode range: 300xxx
Municipal Website: http://www.primariatm.ro
Timisoara is a multicultural city with influential minorities, primarily Germans, Magyars, and Serbs, as well as Italians, Palestinians, and Greeks.
It was the birthplace of Johnny Weissmuller (an Olympic swimmer, best known for his role as Tarzan).
Gustave Eiffel, the creator of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, built Timisoara's foot bridge over the Bega.
An industrial city with extensive services, it was the first European city to be lit by electric street lamps.
For a more information about Timisoara see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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First time I visited Timisoara was with my daughter, Sarolta in 1978.
In those days communism was still the almighty power in Romania, Hungary and many other places.
I mention this, because of my experinces a couple times during our travelling around in Romania those days.
My daughter and I were walking around Downtown Timisoara, when I ran out of film in my cameras.
Walking along, there was a young couple walking right front of us, talking in Hungarian language between themslves.
So, I went to ask them politely in Hungarian, where we can buy some films for my camera.
Suddenly neither of them could speak Hungarian and very little English.
I have encoutered an even more obvious experience of a similar nature later in the day, travelling from Timisoara to Sannicolau Mare by train at night.
On the seat front of us were about 6 people playing cards all night, - well for over one hour anyway - when suddenly the lights went off.
I could hear and understand the 'card players', every word they said, yet when I asked them about the black-out, no one spoke Hungarian and someone else from the train explained it in English, that they turned the lights off, because the train was very near to the border.
Later I have checked the maps and I couldn't see anywhere any railway going very near to any border.
Later on someone did tell me, that families can talk in their native tounge to each other, but it was illegal to talk to outsiders in Hungarian or any other language for that matter, but in Romanian and anybody could dob you in to the authorities.
At that time, there was only one Departmental Store, that was selling colour films and only one at the time for foreing currency.
Hui Chin and I visited Timisoara in 2000.
We hired a car and we really enjoyed ourselves.
During our trip around Romania in 2005 we returned to Timisoara again but unfortunately I do not have all 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.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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