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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Mures » Sighisoara May 8th 2015

Check out v pohode ,platba kartou. Zistene ,ze recepcna je nakoniec majitelka, prave jej robili manikuru. Vlak do Sighisoari nam ide az o 13/20, tak smer lanovka na vrch Tampa. U Gigiho kupujeme plnene pecivo (makove a hribove). Ideme uz po pamati a to bola chyba, zabudli sme odpocit do jednej ulicky tak sa ocitamie skoro az pri ciernom kostole. Mensia zachadzka. Na vrch Tampa sa da dostat aj znacenym turistickym chodnikom ale sme dost lenivy tak berieme lanovku. Lanovka je z cias komunizmu, obsluha nam oznamuje aby sme pockali 10.min. Myslel som ,ze pojdeme len sami dvaja v lanovke ale obsluha ide s nami. Po par minutach sme na vrchole. Sadame si na lavicky a pozorujeme ludi co prichadzaju/odchadzaju na lanovkku. Prichadza k nam maly pes, hadze sa mu trochu peciva s hribami. Od lanovky ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran May 7th 2015

Rano 20 minutovy pesi presun na autogara 2 (strada avram ianacu resp oproti stadionu). Preco sme sa nepresuvali mhd ? no lebo pesi toho clovek vidi viac :) Napr sme videli pekny dreveny kostolik, tiche ulicky, miestnych ludi atd Na bus stanicu vstupujeme od stadiona, zadnym vchodom, preskakujeme kaluze,rano bola dobra leja, a dostavame sa na nastupiste. Mensie obzeranie stanice,nic extra,stanica z roku 0. Na jednom buse vidim napisane rasnov, pytam sa sofera na bran, posiela ma o jedno miesto dalej. Po 20 min prichadza nas bus. Taka stara rachotina , v ktorej si sofer potrpi na vonacky. Ma ich po celom strope,vyzera to dost zaujimavo. Aby turisti vedeli lahko najst tento bus je na nom v predu obrazok "drakulovho" hradu. Ako s blizime k cielu, v dialke sa crtaju zasnezene vrchy hor. Paradne to vyzera. ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov May 6th 2015

Po prebrati smer ranajky. Obsluha nam doniesla menu, pre istotu sa pytam ci mame ranajky v cene, bo na menu boli ceny. Potvrdene. Na menu napisane ranajky na izbu za 15 lei, sme to jaksi nepochopili, malo to byt na osobu, tak sme vyratavali aby sme sa vosli do 15 lei. Objednana kava, vajicka, chlieb a frankfurtske parky. Ranajky boli chutne. Zbalenie veci, check out, zaplatenie zuno kartou a otazka z ktorej bus stanice to vlastne ide do brasova. Su tu dve take hlavne bus stanice, vzdialene od seba cca 15 min chodze, na okraji mesta. Na nete sa mi na sto percent nepodarilo vypatrat z ktorej nam to ide. Takze do brasova chodi mirkobus / bus z autogaru na ulici bega. Vyuzili sme sluzby spolocnosti CDI . Chodi cca kazdu hodinu. Od ubytka sme to ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Mures » Târgu Mures May 5th 2015

Den pred odchodom este rozmyslanie na ktorom vlaku pojdeme do budapesti. Bud skoro rano s tym ,ze v galante budeme cakat pol hodinu na pripoj a v novych zamkoch cca 10 min alebo na 8/47, s 3 minutovym prestupom v galante ale az s hodinovym cakanim v novych zamkoch. Nakoniec vyhrava alternativa c.2 Konecne uz aj na trase sered - galanta (resp trnava) premava novy dvojposchodovy vlak, hned sa clovek citi kulturnejsie. Sprievodcovy ukazujem mobil s etiketom, nacitava mu ho bez problemov (mam puknuty displej). Je vidiet ,ze sa v tom moc nevyzna,bo druhy etiket ani nepyta, len trosku dlhsiu dobu pozera do svojho stroja. Do galanty prichadzame s malym meskanim ale meska aj nas pripoj,tak pohodovy zrychleny prestup. Opat novy dvojposchodak a opat nie moc rozumejuci cvakac listkov etiketom. Zas nacital len jeden etiket a ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Turda May 5th 2015

So, this day was divided into three parts: morning, afternoon, and evening. Now, before you start calling me Captain Obvious, I'll have to tell you that each one of these parts had a very different character to it today. I will also say that the 6€ I paid for the hotel breakfast may be the best 6€ I've spent on this trip. The booking didn't come with free breakfast, but I'll be paying for it again, tomorrow. I always appreciate when I can look forward to good food when I wake up, especially since when I'm home, I have to make it myself, and it's seldom worth mentioning. My morning, then, was spent in the hotel. As I mentioned yesterday, I booked a pretty sweet hotel. The room is totally livable. I had asked for breakfast ... read more
The deepest mine at Turda, from above
The salt forms stalactites
Patterns in the salt walls

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca May 4th 2015

I can't say that today has been my favorite day of this trip, but it has had some good points in spite of the long train ride and the disappointing city I find myself in. In spite of getting to sleep really as late as I wanted (since my train didn't leave until after 11), my mind got to going around 7:30. So, I got up, checked the email, did my stretches, and got my post cards in the mail. The breakfast at the Hotel Sighisoara was not the largest selection, but I did enjoy the sausage omelette particularly. I also had a cup of English breakfast tea, which ends my caffeine-free streak. I also had a coke on the train, so I blew it out of the water. The hotel was kind enough to call ... read more
Final glimpse of my favorite Romanian city so far
Glimpse down Mirror Street
Odd memorial by the Orthodox Church

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Mures » Sighisoara May 3rd 2015

I'll get to the headline story later on, but it was the most thrilling thing that happened today, for sure. There's not really a whole lot "scary" here, considering this is reputedly the birthplace of Dracula. My trip here this morning went off without a hitch. I had another awesome breakfast at my hotel, and then I took a cab - the first one of this trip - to the train station. It cost a whole $2.50, and that included the tip! I'll be taking another one tomorrow morning, and probably another one in the afternoon when I get to my next stop. They really are cheap here, so I'm going to act like I have money, since I apparently do. I'm also going in for the "splurge" hotels in Romania, at least according to wikivoyage.org, ... read more
Plaque marking the birthplace of Dracula
View down Dracula Street, leading to the Clock Tower
The Stag House, named by Captain Obvious

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov May 1st 2015

I've made it as far east as I'll be going on this trip, and now I'm 7 hours ahead of all my friends on the East Coast. I've wanted to go to Romania for a long time, and to be honest, this part of the trip came down to a choice between Romania and the Baltic States. I initially chose the Baltic states because flights from Prague were cheaper there. Then when I decided to stay grounded, Romania became the ultimate winner for my tourist bucks. Since leaving Prague yesterday morning, I've spent 22 hours on trains. The train to Budapest was 7 hours, of which 4 were spent with the same 5 people in the 6-person cabin until we got to Bratislava, where they all got off. The remainder of the trip to Budapest was ... read more
view out towards Central Park from my hotel room
Town Hall of Brasov
Looking down Republic Street

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov April 21st 2015

It’s now more than a week since we left Bucharest to travel to Brasov, a moderately large city in Transylvania. The city has a population of around 250,000. We left Bucharest on Easter Monday, which is a public holiday in Romania, and so the traffic through Bucharest was not too bad – or at least significantly better than a normal weekday. The week after Easter was also school holidays and so many people had left Bucharest to travel to the countryside and this was pretty evident from the relatively empty carpark surrounding our apartment. However, a lot of these people had to start work on Tuesday and so the traffic returning to Bucharest was bumper-to-bumper coming towards us – I was pleased that we weren’t part of it. Our trip northwards initially passed fairly flat farmland ... read more
Peles Castle
Old Town Square - Brasov
Old Town Hall - Brasov

Europe » Romania » Transilvania March 23rd 2015

Today we were picked up at 7.30am and headed to Sinaia to see a monastery, this was about a two hour drive. A short drive took us to Peles Castle where we explored the grounds and then had a small tour inside the castle. It was very detailed with Italian and German influence but seemed to have no flow as one minute it would be dark woods and gold, the next minute green and white, was quite garish in some rooms. But the outside looked amazing. We then drove through windy forest roads covered in snow for about an hour and arrived at Brans Castle- the home of Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. This was more basic and toned down compared to the previous castle, I preferred the interior of this one. Next stop was Brashov ... read more
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