Our room didn't include breakfast, so we started our day by searching for a place with coffee and WIFI. Most of the places, including the one we had decided to try out, didn't open until one or two in the afternoon, but after some search we found a nice café in a alley near the town square. They sold excellent sandwiches for 6 lei, and even though they didn't have brewed coffee, the americano we got was decent.
Refreshed by the breakfast we went up the hill to the Brasov sign for a panoramic view of the town. Luckily we didn't have to walk, the hill was steep and a few hundred meters high, instead we took the gondola lift going up the hill. When we first arrived to the station we were wondering if the lift was in use at all, there was noone arround. Soon also other tourists arrived, and after a while first the ticket seller and then the lift operator got to the lift station.
The view over the city from the panoramic point was nice, but we somehow liked the view from the castle from yesterday better. From the castle you could see the
houses while from the hill you saw only the roofs. We took some pictures and went back to the house to check if Luci would be around as we wanted to used the washing machine. Luci and her two grand children were home, Luci offered to do the washing for us and we also were properly introduced to Robert and George, told about their school succes and even shown the diploma George had got for exceptionally good behaviour at school, all of course in romanian. You learn the language quick with a teacher like Luci!
Once almost fluent in romanian we headed out for Poiana Brasov, a skiing resort 12 km from the center of Brasov. There we again took the gondola to the top, this time it was even more needed as we climbed from 1100 m to the mountain top at 1800 m. The view from up there was spectacular, so we took the obligatory photos and then sat down in the grass next to the highest place and read our books for two hours. Even though the sun was shining it was pleasantly cool up on the mountain top, in Brasov the temperature had climbed 36
degrees during the day. After two hours we had to leave as the last lift down was leaving.
When we got down we realized we had just missed our bus back to Brasov and that we had to wait for one hour, so we had some soup at one of the restaurants in the village. Back in Brasov we went directly to the Black church where there was an organ concert. This time we didn't get any sparkling wine, but I still almost fell asleep. A little bit too relaxing to sit in an old catedral and hear someone plinking on the organ after you have been out in the sun all day... After the concert we walked around a bit and then went to a restaurant recommended in our guidebook, again good value for the money. We ended our day with some more basic romanian when Luci told us all we needed to know about our next destinations, Sighisoara and Sibiu.
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