... Was thinking to do today, was to write about twin towns.

I'm not sure how many people are on the clear with this term, so I thought it would be okay to tell you guys what it is. Twin towns and sister cities are two of many terms used to describe the cooperative agreements between towns, cities, and even counties in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. (Yes, totally Wikipedia)

Anyway, with that out of the way, let us see which towns and cities are the twin towns of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca)
Before I start, tho, here is another picture of my city... just so you can compare.

1. Cologne, Germany

Cologne (or Köln) is the fourth largest city in Germany. It has more than ten million inhabitants, and it was apparently founded in 38 BC. The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe, and it was founded in 1389. Its biggest attraction is the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), which took about 600 years to finish. They started building it in 1248, and it's one of the most beautiful Gothic building that exists.

2. Jacarei, Brazil

Jacareí is a city of approximately 200,000 inhabitants in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Jacareí (the name comes from a native brazilan/Tupi language word that means something like "Crocodille's River") is a important city at São Paulo state. The economic ativity is mainly based at industry (some examples: chemical products, paper, glass, beverage). The city is localized at Vale do Paraíba (Paraíba is the most important river at the east of the state). This region is a very industrialized point located between São Paulo city and Rio de Janeiro city.

3.São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the world's seventh biggest by population. It was founded in 1554, and it's probably one of the most eventful cities in the world. It has about 90000 events in a year, out of which the most popular are the Carnival (which takes place at the end of February and March) and the Gay Pride (Which takes place between May and June, and it's the largest Gay Pride in the world. Around 3 million people attend it every time. It takes place on a Sunday, and Avenida Paulista is the spot to head to. Floats bustling with eletronic music parade from MASP to República, while every type imaginable marches along. The drinks are plenty and the rave party feel keeps the paraders dancing way pass sunset.)

4. Be'er Sheva, Israel

Be'er Sheva (also spelled Beersheba)is a desert city of approximately 200,000 inhabitants in Israel. Beer Sheva is at first sight highly disappointing for any visitor. As one enters the city, the oversized avenues and partially run down residential building blocks from the fifties and sixties make for an unwelcoming first impression. However, Beer Sheva can be of interest for any traveller who wishes to experience Israel off-the-beaten-track and there might be no better place to do this, since not even most Israelis are aware that Beer Sheva can be much more than only a stopover on the way to Eilat. The old Turkish town, as run down as it might be, has a very distinct feel and a is hugely underrated: it is the only planned Ottoman city in the entire region, erected in 1900 for strategic reasons in order to secure the Negev region and to control the revolting Beduin population.

5. Pécs, Hungary

Founded as Sopianae 2000 years ago by the Romans and known as Fünfkirchen by the Germans, today's Pécs is a pleasant small (but still one of the largest in Hungary) university town that has largely escaped the ravages of both communist-era architecture and modern-day mass tourism. In 2000, the Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2010.

6.Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb is Croatia's capital city and a top sight for its wealth of museums, restaurants and nightlife.Often ignored as tourists make a beeline for the coast, Zagreb is an exciting city in its own right and offers an invaluable window into Croatian culture. For a large city (population: 780,000), Zagreb's centre is surprisingly low key, maybe because much of the commercial district is closed to traffic. In 2006, an international survey conducted by Reader's Digest found that Zagreb was the ninth most polite city in the world!

7. Zhengzhou, China

Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province, is located in the middle of China. The famous Shaolin Temple near this city is the cradle of the Chinese martial arts that provided the inspiration for Kung Fu movies. The city is a national historical and cultural city and also the first destination for any Henan Tour. The ancient city was the capital of Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th century BC) 3,500 years ago when porcelain and the Chinese technique of bronze smelting were comparatively more developed. A green ceramic glaze pot unearthed in Zhengzhou has been shown to be the most ancient porcelain in China. A long history has left Zhengzhou with many cultural and historic sites.

8. Korçë, Albania

Korce, Korca or Koritsa city (1989 pop. 63,623), capital of Korce dist., SE Albania, near the Greek border. Located in an agricultural region, it is a commercial and industrial center producing foodstuffs, rugs, and knitwear. Lignite deposits are mined nearby. Korce is the seat of a Greek Orthodox metropolitan. Known in 1280, it was destroyed in 1440 by the Turks but developed again after the 16th century. Ever since Albania gained independence in the Balkan Wars, Korce has been claimed quite wrongly, by Greece. Greek troops occupied it in 1912–3 during the Balkan Wars and again early in World War I. From 1916 to 1920 it was occupied and administered by the French, and in World War II it was held (Nov., 1940–Apr., 1941) by the Greeks. Korce has a large 15th-century mosque and several modern government buildings. It is a good place for exploring this hilly region.
Korce is said to be the cleanest town in Albania. It has old buildings in various states of repair surrounding the Cathedral which was built in 1992. Quaint cobblestown streets run between and behind the main streets. The people are friendly and generous. In the early evening they stroll about town in pairs, arm in arm.

9. Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas, a city of great diversity, offers visitors a wide range of scenery. The different areas of the city make it an exciting and interesting metropolis where tradition and modernism become one. Caracas is located in a beautiful valley, overlooked by Mount Avila, an impressive mountain that separates the city from the Caribbean Sea and shapes most of the city’s landscape. It is a popular weekend destination for the city’s residents (known as Caraqueños) and is easily reached by taking a very modern cable car that goes all the way from the mountain base to the newly nationalized Waraira Repano park, which is situated at the top of the mountain. Caracas is now by some counts the world's most dangerous city, with 7,676 murders in 2009.

10. Dijon, France

Dijon is perhaps best known for its mustard (named after the town), which is still produced locally, but it is also one of the most beautiful cities in France, and its historic buildings and byways were not heavily damaged by bombing in World War Two and are largely intact.
Dijon was for some time the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. Burgundy was a great power during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the dukes controlled a large part of what is now northeastern France, western Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The dukes were great patrons of the arts, so Dijon was a major centre of Gothic and early Renaissance music, painting, and sculpture, attracting some of the greatest and most famous artists and musicians from Flanders in particular. The music the great composers left behind can be performed anywhere, but it is particularly in the fields of sculpture and architecture that masters left a lasting mark on Dijon. Today, Dijon is a cosmopolitan city, with universities in the centre and industrial plants on the outskirts. Traffic is restricted in the centre of the city, so many parts of central Dijon are quiet and relaxing.

11. Nantes, France

Nantes is the capital of the north-western French region of Pays de la Loire. That said, Nantes has strong historical connections with the adjoining region of Brittany, and is the historical capital of the region (though not its official capital since the days of Napoleon). Nantes was once an important port located 50 km up the Loire River. It grew rich on the triangular trade with Africa and the West Indies. Nantes is also famous for being the home of the science fiction writer Jules Verne. Rain is frequent, and beware if it's sunny because brief but fierce tempests have been known to appear unexpectedly. Always carry an umbrella or raincoat when going out. Winters are typically mild.

12. Makati City, Philippines

The City of Makati, or simply Makati, is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila or the National Capital Region of the Philippines. It is the major financial, commercial and economical hub in the Philippines. Makati came from the Tagalog word kati, which means tide. This primarily refers to the rise and eb of the tide of the Pasig River on the city's northern border. The city was also known as San Pedro Macati during the Spanish era. Makati is also noted for its highly cosmopolitan culture, also being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. This is where you can find all the posh malls offering signature brands and vibrant nightlife. Today the city is one of the most modern cities in the country and the Philippines' major global economic competitor in Southeast Asia. However, it faces challenges due to the disparate gap between the new city in the west, which contains the Central Business District, and the old city in the east, which is largely poor and where most of the city's slums are located.

13. Suwon, South Korea

Suwon is the capital and the biggest city of the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea. It was called the city of ‘Filial Piety’ which means straightforward. Suwon is the sole city of South Korea that remains walled, which is why it is best known for and most visited for, making it a very popular destination for tourists from all over the globe. A lot of beautiful hills, streams and nearby peaks surround Suwon and its climate is quite pleasant, making Suwon travel a wonderful experience.

14. Cervia, Italy

Cervia is a resort town in Emilia-Romagna, on Italy's east coast. It is a city by summer and a town by winter, due to numerous amounts of tourists arriving in the busy summer. Originally called Ficocle, it was probably of Greek origin and was located midway from current Cervia and Ravenna. It is known that this originary settlement was destroyed in 709 by patrician Theodore for its alliance with Ravenna against the loyal Byzantines. Later the centre was rebuilt in a more secure position, in the Salina. This medieval city grew until it was provided with three fortified entrances, a Palaces of Priors, seven churches and a castle (Rocca) which, according to the legend, was built by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The name also changed from Ficocle to Cervia, probably referring to the Acervi, great amounts of salt left in the local evaporation pods. After a long series of events, it became part of the Papal States. As the time passed, the salt pod turned into a marsh, and on November 9, 1697 Pope Innocent XII ordered it to be rebuilt in a safer location. The new city had huge silos for storage of salt, containing up to 13,000 tons. Nowadays, Cervia is a resort popular with German tourists. Almost no-one speaks English, so a phrase book will be necessary. Locals will be grateful and happy to see you at least trying to learn the language.

15. Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A

Columbia is the state capital and largest city in South Carolina. It is located in the geographic center of the state. Founded in 1786 as the site of South Carolina's new capital city, it was one of the first planned cities in the United States and the first city named after Christopher Columbus. The metropolitan statistical area of Columbia has a population estimate of 716,030. Columbia is home to the main campus of the University of South Carolina. The campus area covers over 350 acres and the enrollment is over 27,000 students. Fort Jackson is located within the city of Columbia. Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 34 percent of all soldiers and 69 percent of the women entering the Army each year. Approximately 45,000 soldiers go through basic and advanced training each year. The University of South Carolina and Fort Jackson have a significant economic impact on the Columbia area. There are many cultural amenities, parks, and recreational features in the Columbia area. A national park, Congaree, is located just outside the city limits. Lake Murray is one of the premier lakes in the Southeastern United States. The lake is very popular for boating and fishing. At the confluence of two major rivers, Columbia is one of the best destinations in the country for kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Columbia has been named a top midsized market for relocating families in the nation. Also, increasingly, Columbia is becoming recognized as an ideal city for retirees. Columbia was recently one of 30 communities named "America's Most Livable Communities."

16. East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A

The city is located directly east of Lansing, Michigan, the state's capital. Most of the city is within Ingham County, though a small portion lies in Clinton County. The population was 48,579 at the time of the 2010 census, an increase from 46,420 at the 2000 census. It is best known as the home of Michigan State University.

17. Rockford, Illinois, U.S.A

The Rockford area was originally home to Native American people of various tribes. The first settlers to reach the area came in the 1830’s and settled on the banks of the Rock River . The area developed quickly, with the first official buildings coming to the town just before its formal incorporation as a village which took place before 1840. By the middle of the nineteenth century, Rockford had been officially incorporated as a town. Just after it was incorporated, the railroad came to the area, further increasing development. Development in the area included rapid growth in the areas of media and industry. By the end of the nineteenth century, the city had established a newspaper, a women’s college (which eventually became Rockford College ), and a library. Both furniture and agricultural machinery became big industries in the area and lasted until the middle of the twentieth century. Although Rockford was an established town, many people throughout the nation didn’t know anything about it because it is overshadowed by nearby Chicago . At the end of the twentieth century, a major Hollywood motion picture about the area’s mid-twentieth century all-female baseball team brought national attention to the area.