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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu September 17th 2018

Dag 21 – Rondreis Roemenië – maandag 17 september 2018 – bezoek aan Sibiu en omgeving. Deze morgen onder begeleiding van de eigenares van de camping (Hollandse getrouwd met een Roemeense onderwijzer, en officiele gids-vertaalster) met de trein van 8.35u naar Sibiu, oude Saksische stad, toen ze die nog 'Hermannstadt' noemden. Een van de grootste Middeleeuwse steden met duidelijk Duitse invloeden in de huizen-, kerken- en bastions bouw. In het begin van de 20ste eeuw mocht er ook een orthodoxe kerk bijgebouwd worden onder de voorwaarde dat hun torens niet boven de Evangelische kerk uitstaken. Zoveel invloed hadden die Saksen toen nog. Nu blijven er slechts nog een handvol families over, die wel verder zorg blijven dragen voor hun taal- en kultuurerfenissen. 's Middags stond er een bus klaar voor een verdere rondrit en overbrenging naar ... read more
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Sibiu
Sibiu

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Transfagarasan September 16th 2018

Dag 20 – Rondreis Roemenië – zondag 16 september 2018 – Reisdag naar Carta (nabij Sibui) 280km Eerst nog een 100-tal km autostrade tot Pitesti, door een vlak landschap met enorme droogbruine zonnebloemvelden. Dan het Fagaras gebergte door, over de Transfagarasanpas (2130m), tussen de 2 hoogste toppen van de Karpaten (+2500m). Volgens zij die het kunnen weten, een van de meest spectaculaire wegen ter wereld. Ontelbare haarspeldbochten over een 100-tal km. De weg in niet te beste staat, is enkel open in de zomer. Het was oorspronkelijk een militaire weg gebouwd door het leger in opdracht van Ceausescu, als strategische ontsnappingsroute door de bergen, in geval de Sovjets een inval zoals in 1968 Tsjecho-Slowakije zouden herhalen in Roemenië. Het viel op dat de Roemenen deze weg nu gebruiken als zondagsuitstapje. Elke mogelijke uitwijkplaats langs de zuidkant ... read more
Transfagarasanpas
Transfagarasanpas
Transfagarasanpas

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu March 19th 2018

De mult ne doream sa vedem Sibiul, asa ca anul trecut, in weekendul de 8 si 9 Aprilie, exact acest lucru am facut, am fost la Sibiu, cu masina. Am plecat pe la 12 din Brasov si pe drum, fiindca ni s-a facut foame, am deviat stanga la Arpasu de Jos catre complexul turistic Albota. Drum asfaltat OK. Complexul Albota de asemenea, locatie pusa la punct, sub Fagaras, cine vrea munte si aer curat la nivel corect, acolo le gaseste. Era sambata inaintea Floriilor, clienti cam putini, servirea operativa, mancarea OK. Am plecat apoi spre Sibiu. Ne-am cazat la Hotel Gallant , gasit pe booking. Cu mic dejun inclus. Conditii ok, dar peste noapte a fost frig pentru noi (20 grade). A doua zi, Duminica Floriilor, am mers la Paltinis. Nu am mai fost, si voiam ... read more
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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu October 28th 2017

It was still dark outside when our bus set out to begin our tour of Romania. The weather was cold and rainy as we headed west out of Bucharest. Hopefully this morning's weather wasn't a sign of bad weather to come. We were headed to Poenari Castle and thankfully by the time we had arrived a few hours later, the skies had cleared to reveal a cool and sunny October day. What remains of Poenari Castle is located at the top of a hill and we had to climb approximaely 1500 steps in order to get there. We all made our way up to the top and eventually it was Gabo, Margaret, and myself leading the pack. Once at the top, we were rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains whose trees have all dropped ... read more
The Hike to Poenari Castle
The Hike Up To Poenari Castle
Poenari Castle

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu July 20th 2017

It was still drizzling as we walked into the Piata Mare on Sunday morning. The previous evening I had been intent on supper and had only fleetingly noticed the characteristic eye-like windows in the roofs of the houses on the square. Suddenly they were everywhere on every building both old and modern. I especially liked the ones on the older buildings which had the hooded look of a predatory crocodile! We thought we should try and see if there were any tickets left for the international theatre festival which ended that day but there weren't so we contented ourselves with a leisurely walk around the centre and the picturesque cobbled back streets with their colourful houses. There was a tour of German tourists being shown around the town and indeed Sibiu has a German mayor, Johannes ... read more
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Sibiu
Sibiu

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu July 14th 2017

Mention Transylvania and the first thing people think of is Dracula! In fact Bran Stoker never visited Romania and spun the best-selling story about the bloodthirsty vampire from elements he had heard about the life of Vlad Tepes, known as the Impaler, a warrior prince who held back the tide of invaders from the Ottoman Empire and had a particularly nasty way of dealing with his enemies! The Dracula bit comes from his father, another Vlad, whose moniker was Dracul which translates as "devil" and "little dragon" because he belonged to an order of knights which had a dragon on its shield. That is a preamble to our visit to Bran Castle, made appropriately in the lashing rain which leant a grey tinge to all our photos of that place. Built by those stalwart Saxons from ... read more
Bran Castle
Bran Castle
Bran Castle

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu October 20th 2016

We set off for Sibiu on back roads without hardly any traffic or people about as the bad weather had finally arrived. It wasn’t so bad though – just a light rain. We arrived at Biertan, our first stop of the day. Unfortunately the rain picked up during our visit and we had no umbrella, of course. So many umbrellas had been waved in my face every time a cloud appeared all through our trip but with blue skies and strong sun on our heads we never felt we needed one and by the time we did, there was not an umbrella to be found. So we were umbrellaless in the rain but not terribly bothered by it most of the time. The countryside was very pretty but mostly empty and misty. Every village has a ... read more
Sibiel
Sibiel
Sibiel

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu July 27th 2016

After Timisoara the Motorway continued a bit more. Unfortunately it was not finished completely until Sibiu. We had to go trough the old national roads for approximately 70 km which goes trough all villages and mountains. Just before we arrived to the city Deva, we could use the motorway again. Before dawn we arrived to Sibiu. We arranged a pension for our stay, which was called “the green house”. Once we arrived there we realized why it was named like that. The house was painted completely green.  After a short rest we went to the old city center. Sibiu is a medieval and one of the most cultural cities of Romania. In 2007 Sibiu (also known as Hermannstadt) was the European capital of Culture. We enjoyed or evening on some of the terraces of the ... read more
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Sibiu
Sibiu

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu July 24th 2016

20 au 23 juillet Je quitte Cluj-Napoca en bus, bien conscient que ma quête d'anéantir du vampire semble maintenant peine perdu. "Ce n'est que du folklore" m'a-t-on répété bien souvent ici. Ouais, du folklore. Ce serait l'auteur irlandais Bram Stocker qui, inspiré par Vlad Tepes, aurait inventé le personnage de Dracula. Mais étonnement, l'auteur n'aurait jamais mit les pieds en Transylvanie, ni même en Roumanie. Une chose est certaine, c'est que ça aura bien servit tout le Pays ces histoires de vampires. ... L'autocar donc, est bien remplit de voyageurs et moi je suis collé sur une jolie femme habillée sobrement qui feuillette un cahier des Témoins de Jéhovah: le "Réveillez-vous" écrit en roumain. Ils sont nombreux ici ceux-là. Je crois que les roumains sont encore très religieux: c'est qu'ils ont grandement besoin d'espoi... read more
Piata Mare, Sibiu
Lac Balea
Spectacle de danse

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu July 30th 2015

It's been a while ... We've been so busy recently that I haven't had time to update you, sorry. So after Prague we drive to Vienna, it was a pretty painless drive and the roads were scenic. Vienna was much better than we thought it was going to be, we had a guided tour from a couple of Joss' friends and managed to find enough time to see all of the main sights in a day. We then went to Jason's uncles house for a lovely meal which was very welcome (and very tasty). Then came another trouble free drive to Budapest. A soak in a traditional spa was in order that evening. The evening entertainment was a pub crawl to some traditional bars, meeting fellow travellers along the way. A great night, and not such ... read more
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