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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov August 14th 2013

V okolí Brašova sa nachádza pár pekných hradov (minimálne dva), ktoré sme sa v tento deň rozhodli navštíviť. Prvá zástavka bola hrad Bran. Tento hrad je veľkou turistickou atrakciou a každý kdo navštívi Brašov je povinný navštíviť aj tento hrad. Hradu sa prezýva "drákulov" hrad a to aj napriek tomu, že Vlad Tepeš (ktorý mal byť akože drákula, ale aj toto bolo len dodatočne vymyslené) tu nikdy nebýval a nič s týmto hradom nemal spoločné. V každom prípade miestne obyvateľstvo si zvolilo tento spôsob prezentáciu hradu a lákania návštevníkov. O tomto svedčilo aj plno stánkov v podhradí s rôznymi drákulovskými motívmi a tiež strašidelný drákulov dom (tam nás ani nenapadlo ísť). Mne sa hrad páčil kvôli samotnému hradu. Zariadený veľmi nebol ale bolo tam kopu malých chodbičiek a izbičiek medzi ktorými sa dalo prechádzať... read more
hrad Bran
hrad Bran
hrad Bran

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 13th 2013

Ráno konečne v Rumunsku. Krajina z okna vlaku vyzerala podobne ako naša - polia, lesy a občas dedinka. Drobné rozdiely tu však boli - veľa domčekov nebolo až tak úplne omietnutých a dokončených, na cestách bolo občas vidieť konský povoz a koníky tiež pomáhali orať polia. Vo vlaku sme sa zoznámili s Natanielom, teda hlavne Stánik a tak spolu vypili nejaké pivá a šampanské. Ale aspoň nám cesta rýchlejšie utiekla. Do Brašova sme prišli so skvelým, asi len hodinovým meškaním. Po menšom blúdení, kedy si vlastne nikdo z miestnych nebol istý ktorým že to smerom je naša ulica sa nám nakoniec podarilo naše ubytovanie nájsť. Bývali sme u babičky, ale jej syn rozprával anglicky a tak sme sa nakoniec dohodli a a dozvedeli pár potrebných informácií. Syn sa volal Eugen a za všetko sa ospravedlňoval - ... read more
niekde na ceste do Brašova
niekde na ceste do Brašova
niekde na ceste do Brašova

Europe » Romania » Transilvania August 12th 2013

Do Rumunska sme sa rozhodli dopraviť vlakom. Dôvodom bolo hlavne to, že sme sa rozhodli pre lehátka a tak sme sa mohli poriadne vyspať. Najprv sme sa museli dostať vlakom do Prahy, odtiaľ vlakom do Budapešti. Tu sme konečne nastúpili na vlak do Rumunska, konkrétne do mesta Brašov. V našom kupé s nami cestovali ešte rumunská rodinka, boli milý a pán sa s nami aj troška rozprával po anglicky. Do tohto vlaku sme sa dostali dosť neskoro večer a tak sme si hneď ľahli spať. Po nástupe sme ešte pani starajúcej sa o náš vagón museli odovzdať lístky. Dôvod bol jasný - budeme môcť spať a nebudú nás budiť revízori. Nápad to bol skvelý až na to, že nás aj tak zobudili kvôli pasom. Ale čo sa dá robiť, pravidlá sú pravidlá.... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest August 10th 2013

Next top, Bucharest, north of Sofia. I took the train leaving Sofia at 7pm. Very different story already...backpackers have gone, we are not anymore on the main Wien-Athens axis...this time, it's a little different. I'm in a 4 berths cabin...and the train is on it's way to Kiev...not for me yet. The train is pretty comfortable, and half empty. I'm sharing the cabin with a Russian guy...my age...who speaks...Russian! At 1am the train stop at the border. Do not forget, Romania and Bulgaria are both members of the EU since 2007...6 years already...and it takes us...4 hours to clear the two controls! They didn't get much involved into our cabin...they took our passport...and return them to us...4 hours later...crazy isn't it! We reached Bucharest by 7.30am...should have been 2 hours earlier, but I don't mind, I'm ... read more
Vlad....aka Count Dracula...
Revolution Square...yes...back in 1989...
Old Town

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran August 9th 2013

We woke to find Woolly ready for the day with garlic round his neck and a sirloin under his crossed paws, not quite sure that he understands bless him. Woolly says – Ian gave me a sirloin steak last night but I’m not sure how I’m supposed to drive it through a vampire’s heart? Anyway, I was prepared for anything and after numerous cups of tea and coffee I finally got Jo and Ian moving. The sun was out and it was already pretty hot so grabbing bottles of water – not sure if they were holy or not – we headed towards Bran Castle. Started in 1212 the castle has had a chequered history with residents including Vlad the Impaler and Her Royal Highness Queen Marie of Romania. It is most famous though through Bram ... read more
Entering Bran Castle
Are there Vampires down there
Armour

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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran August 8th 2013

We were all sad to leave Eldorado camping, a lovely site with great facilities including use of the lake and the pool all for under £10.00 GBP. Setting out we knew it was going to be a long drive and with Woolly clutching his bulb of garlic we were off. Woolly says – it’s better to be safe than sorry I say, we’re in Dracula country and getting ever closer to his lair. Once the city was behind us Ollie was in his element racing along the roads with very little traffic to annoy him. The scenery was ever changing and as we wound round each corner we were met with ever more spectacular views. The towns continued to fascinate us and I set Jo a challenge of taking a picture of the many horse and ... read more
Mountain Views
Finally got the pic
Please get more Garlic

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca August 7th 2013

We woke to a bright sunny morning after a most restful night. As all campsites are now an average of five hours drive apart so we plan to stop for two nights when this occurs, it also gives us a chance to look round a little more. Woolly says – it was a nice slow get up today and once washing was pegged out we set off to find the Botanical Gardens at Cluj Napoca. There were plenty of options for us but with it being so warm being stuck inside seemed silly so a nice stroll was just the ticket. I’m very glad that Ian was driving Ollie and I think Jo was as well, the roads are like race tracks with vehicles passing both on the outside and the inside and flying out of ... read more
Awesome Plant
A Bit Prickly
Counting Lillies

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca August 6th 2013

We waved goodbye to Bug City, not a bad campsite and although there were so many people pitched it didn’t feel overly crowded. The bugs were a pain and we wouldn’t miss them. Two nights worked out 10,200 HUF – sounds a fortune! (Approximately £28.00 GBP). Woolly says – I enjoyed the lake but it was very crowded and the bugs even followed me to the toilet! We set of in search of the two castles we had found on our map, they seemed to be hiding or had been moved before our arrival and were nowhere to be found. Deciding to look for other points of interest and stop on the way we set course. The scenery remained very English in layout and look but much drier, we were driving in an average temperature of ... read more
Check the roof
and another
and more

Europe » Romania » Banat » Timis » Timisoara August 6th 2013

Apologies in advance for this lengthy entry...maybe it's a train trip's reading... Just as I got reacquainted with Macedonia I came up with the bright idea to leave. Not because it wasn’t great being back but it was more about time management. Oh yes, ever the diary manager and organiser. There was some rationalisation involved. My ‘plans’ were to go to Albania again but, as Ramadan had commenced and would continue until early August I thought I might have a better time there once it was all was over. You know, just in case I stay with a family and have to wait until sundown to eat… Anyone who has been with me while I experience a sugar low will know what I mean by that! I need to eat when I need to eat -there ... read more
Sleep this way
Bucharest, Romania
Bus stop outside Bistrita monastery

Europe » Romania » Dobrogea » Marea Neagra » Vama Veche August 1st 2013

Vama Veche. Festival folk. Am stat 4nopti, la pensiunea Alex, pret 100ron pe noapte. Pensiune noua, noi proprietari/renovata dar fara frigider, in schimb era racoare in camera si nu aveam aer conditionat. TV nu avea telecomanda, unii turisti mai pleaca cu ea in graba. Camera avea o terasa iar pensiunea avea si o gradina cu gratar pt cei obisnuiti sa stea mai mult in vila. Per total totusi posibilitatile de a sta afara cu prietenii pareau limitate, terasa camerei era mica, curtea cu masini si o singura masa fara scaune si fara gratar construit. Practic era o camera cu un pat si o baie, multe alte posibilitati nu aveai in pensiune si nu merita sa pierzi timpul prin ea. Noi cum suntem plimbareti am decis ca aproape fiecare zi sa ne plimbam si destinatia cea mai ... read more




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