As Brueder Grimm are for Germany or Hans Christian Anderson is for Denmark so is Ion Creanga for Romania the reference for fairytales and kids anecdotes. Curious? Read the most remarkable stories of Ion Creanga in EN :)
"Widely seen as masterpieces of the Romanian language and local humor, his writings occupy the middle ground between a collection of folkloric sources and an original contribution to a literary realism of rural inspiration" [...] "His literary debut came late in life, closely following the start of his close friendship with Romania's national poet Mihai Eminescu and their common affiliation with the influential conservative literary society Junimea. Although viewed with reserve by many of his colleagues there, and primarily appreciated for his records of oral tradition, Creanga helped propagate the group's cultural guidelines in an accessible form. Later criticism has often described him, alongside Eminescu, Ion Luca Caragiale and Ioan Slavici, as one of the most accomplished representatives of Junimist literature." (Source)
Located on Ion Creanga street nr. 8 in Humulesti, Targu Neamt the memorial house of Ion Creanga is a special place to stop for every Romanian. The house was built in 1830 and was the place where Ion Creanga spent his childhood. Here is also the place from where most of the anecdotes are inspired from.
The interior of the house is formed by two simple rooms that express the common sense and the modesty of the people that lived there. (Source)
The house is very well maintained as it stayed in the family and you can find a lot of personal items of the author together with different letters and pictures in the house. What is more, you have the possibility to ask a lot of questions to a curator who is volunteering at the house to provide more details about the house and the life of Ion Creanga.
Maybe not as interesting for a non Romanian, still if you are interested to learn our culture knowing about Ion Creanga will impress all your Romanian friends ;) plus only a few minutes drive away you can visit the Neamt fortress :) so don't hesitate to add Humulesti to your itinerary