10 Romanians Who Changed Your Life Without You Even Knowing

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Roxana Coman

Have you ever wondered who invented the objects that you use in daily life? There has been some Romanian discoveries that were mind-blowing in their time, and are now used in everyday life. Check out these inventors and their inventions that shaped the world as we know it.

Theodor Ionescu

3D movies are nowadays screened in most cinemas and in recent years it has become a revolution. But the 3D cinema goes further back in time, having its roots in Theodor Ionescu’s patent for 3D imaging in cinema and television in 1936. While the 3D images were invented earlier by Sir Charles Wheatstone, Ionescu was the one that adapted them for cinema and television.

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CentralAmerica

GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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CentralAmerica

BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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CentralAmerica

COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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Europe

SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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Asia

SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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Africa

EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Petrache Poenaru

At some stage during your schooling, you probably used a fountain pen in class and while doing your homework. And maybe you remember filling its reservoir with ink. But did you know that it was invented by a Romanian? Petrache Poenaru is the one who, in 1827, invented the world’s first fountain pen while he was a student in Paris. His invention was patented by the French Government.

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Nicolae Constantin Păulescu

You have surely heard about insulin and maybe you know that it’s today used in the treatment of diabetes. The pancreatin, later named insulin, was discovered by Romanian psychologist and medicine professor Nicolae Constantin Păulescu in 1922. In 1916, he succeeded in developing a pancreatic extract, tested on a diabetic dog, that proved to have a normalizing effect on blood sugar levels. He published his results several times in a French magazine in 1921 and he even patented the discovery, but unfortunately, he didn’t win recognition for it at that time.

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Eugen Pavel

While now we have USB sticks, Google Drive and other data storage methods, some of us started by using the CD-ROM to store information from our computers. Eugen Pavel is the Romanian scientist who invented the Hyper CD-ROM, a 3D optical data storage medium that has a storage capacity of 1,000,000 GB, equal to 10,000 classic CDs. In November 1999, the invention was presented at the 48th World exhibition of Innovation and New Technology in Brussels and has won recognition in several countries like the US, Canada, Japan and Israel.

Aurel Persu

Today’s cars are increasingly modern, powerful and polyvalent. But they were not always like this, obviously. Aurel Persu is the Romanian engineer who contributed to the car’s look as we know it today. He was the first to place the wheels inside the body of the car. His main idea was to give the automobile an aerodynamic shape and he came to the conclusion that it had to have the outline of a water drop. He obtained the patent in 1924, in Germany, where he built the aerodynamic car model.

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Henri Marie Coanda

Today, going on a plane is something people do often. But did you know that the first propelling jet, named Coanda 1910, was designed and built by the Romanian Hendri Coanda? In 1910, the Romanian inventor created a jet propulsion system used for jet aircrafts. The airport in Bucharest is today named after him.

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Anastase Dragomir

Do you remember those war movie scenes where the pilot uses an ejection seat to save himself from a falling aircraft? Or maybe you’ve seen something similar in real life. The parachuted chair, an early form of today’s ejector seat, was invented by the Romanian, Anastase Dragomir. The invention was tested in 1929 on the Paris-Orly airport in France and then repeated in Romania on the Băneasa Airport, being a success on both tries.

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Victor Babeș

For biology students, this is surely an interesting fact: Victor Babeș wrote the first treaty of bacteriology in the world, in collaboration with French scientist Victor André Cornil, in 1885. He made significant contributions to the study of leprosy, tuberculosis, and rabies, for which he introduced even a vaccination. He is considered the second rabies biologist in the world, after Pasteur, and the father of serotherapy, a precursor to modern immunology.

Ana Aslan

Nowadays, anti-ageing products are a real success for women who want to keep a younger appearance. One of the first women to develop anti-ageing products was Ana Aslan, who discovered the anti-ageing effects of procaine, today found in Gerovital H3 and Aslavital products. She also founded the first Geriatric Institute in the world in 1952. Among her patients were personalities like Charles de Gaulle, Charlie Chaplin and John Kennedy.

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Hermann Oberth

Today, landing on the moon might not be a spectacular event anymore. But when it happened for the first time, it was an extraordinary success of humankind. Oberth is seen as one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics, together with Russian, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and the American Robert Goddard. In 1929, Oberth conducted an experiment on his first liquid-fuelled rocket motor, helped by then student Wernher von Braun, who had his first contact with rocketry and space travel thanks to Oberth. The latter became a genius of rocket engineering, his work culminating in the creation of the Saturn V rocket that made Moon landings possible.

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