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Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Prahova February 17th 2020

Dupa multe vacante la mare cu copiii, am decis anul trecut sa facem o vacanta la munte si pe timpul verii. Ne gandeam ca se vor plictisi si ca nu vor fi atat de incantati de activitatile montane precum sunt de joaca in nisip si in apa. Insa s-au distrat pe cinste! Exista foarte multe pensiuni care au incluse si activitati pentru cei mici dar si locuri de joaca superbe. Noi am fost la Cheile Gradistei si desi preturile au fost putin piperate, vacanta a meritat toti banii. Ne-am relaxat, ne-am distrat si ne-am bucurat de peisaje superbe. Iata ce activitati poti face cu cei mici daca ajungi in Cheile Gradistei: balaceala pe cinste la piscina Plimbari cu bicicletele Volei, minifotbal si tenis Distractie intr-un spatiu generos la locul de joaca In comparatie cu unele dintre ... read more

Europe » Romania » Dobrogea » Constanta January 15th 2020

Bagajul este gata, masina este inchiriata si totul este pregatit pentru plecarea in vacanta. Dar in timp ce esti entuziasmat de vacanta mult asteptata, trebuie sa te asiguri si ca iti protejezi bunurile de valoare din casa atunci cand esti plecat. Iata cateva modalitati prin care te poti asigura ca locuinta ta este protejata: Securizeaza toate intrarile Daca locuiesti la casa sau la un etaj inferior la bloc, trebuie sa te asiguri ca nu numai usa este bine inchisa, dar si feresterele. Securizeaza fiecare fereastra din casa si garajul in cazul in care stai la curte. Daca ai o usa automata a garajului, ia in considerare deconectarea incuietorii electronice si plasarea unui lacat pe usa garajului. Atentie la ceea ce postezi pe retelele de social media Este super tentant sa impartasesti detalii sau fotografii din vacanta ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Mures » Sighisoara January 10th 2020

10th Jan: The train from Brasov dropped me off at Sighisoara around 11 am. The journey had been uneventful. The station was small and dead. I headed straight to the ticket office to buy my ticket for the overnight train to Vienna for the following day. I had tried to buy the ticket online, but they had to post the actual ticket to you. I don't know why they can't just use e-tickets like for the domestic trains. Thank god there was no queue as the ticket proved to be a bit of a ballache to buy. The woman couldn't find a ticket for sale on the system, but seemed to think there should be tickets available and she ended up having to phone someone, but after about 10-15 minutes it was all sorted and I ... read more
Sighisoara Citadel
Sighisoara Citadel
Turnul Cizmarilor

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov January 9th 2020

After how long it took me to get breakfast the day before, I played it safe and headed to McDonald's to get something quick and easy. It wasn't that quick though, I ended up waiting about ten minutes for my food to be ready. Hash brown, muffin, and coffee were fine, and once finished I headed round to the bus station for my trip around some of the famous sights of the region. We left around 9 am. Another score for off peak travel as there were only three of us on the trip. We drove for about an hour. It was nice to drive through the valley basin seeing all the mountains around the edges. We passed through small towns and sleepy little villages. I really like all the brightly painted houses, just makes everything ... read more
Bran Castle
Bran Castle
Bran Castle

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov January 8th 2020

The place I was staying didn't have a kitchen, which meant I needed to find somewhere to have breakfast. In a big tourist town like Brasov, I thought that would be easy. I was proven very wrong. I had found a place online that looked quite good, but I had forgotten the name by the time I got in the right vicinity of the restaurant/cafe. There were quite a few places that looked shut, another cafe that was completely dead, normally that wouldn't bother me, but for some reason it did here. So, I ended up at Starbucks on the main square. I had a coffee and some kind of cheese, pesto, and I think tomato focaccia/ciabatta thing. It was quite nice. I enjoyed relaxing in the cafe as it wasn't too busy. Now, I was ... read more
Brasov
Mount Tampa
Mount Tampa

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov January 7th 2020

When I got to the train station in Sibiu, I found out that my train was delayed by 40 minutes. Great, 4 minutes longer that I could have had in bed. The station was pretty cold, but at least there was free wifi. I love that all the train stations in Romania have free wifi. The journey to Brasov took a couple of hours. Second class was very comfortable (I had previously taken first class on my journey to Sibiu), but absolutely freezing. I don't know why the train was so cold, but everyone was bundled up, trying to nap. I really don't like that they don't announce the train stations on Romanian trains. I had to do a bit of guesswork with my arrival time because of the delay. Luckily, most people seemed to be ... read more
Piata Sfatului
Brasov
Brasov

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu January 5th 2020

5th Jan: The train journey to Sibiu took about about five hours. I had gone for first class since my credit card didn't seem to like it when I tried to book second class. The carriage was big and comfy, I would need to take a second class journey to see if it was worth the extra money (I did later in my trip, and second class was more than adequate). The journey to Sibiu took about 5 hours from Bucharest. I had bought some snacks from the bakery to eat and I scoffed them pretty quite as they were delicious. The pretzel/bagel type thing, Covrigi, was particularly delicious and reminded me of those I'd had in Poland. I watched the scenery go by as the train made its way to its destination. Soon after leaving ... read more
Small Square
Wild Boar Burger
Large Square

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest January 4th 2020

I only really had one day to explore Bucharest, so I decided to make the most of it and booked to do two different free walking tours, so that I would get a good oversight of the city. I was staying by the main train station, the Gare du Nord, so my walk to the Old Town, where the first tour began, took about 40 minutes. The area that I walked through wasn't really the nicest. It didn't feel unsafe, it was just a bit rundown. I really liked some of the street art that I came across. I don't know if it was just random or a set towards gentrification. I got a bit lost on my way to the meeting place and was worried that I was going to miss the tour, this seems ... read more
Curtea Veche
Old Town
Old Town

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran October 31st 2019

On a recent trip to Brasov to visit Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania, I learned more about Count Dracula. You decide if it is myth or legend. I vote for legend, after visiting his castle and hearing the stories first hand. "Most historians agree that the vampire as we know it today got its start in Europe sometime during the 17th and 18th centuries. According to scholars, the legendary "Dracula" novel by Bram Stoker was crafted after the real Romanian Prince Vlad Tepes, who lived during the 15th century in Transylvania. While Romania generally looks fondly on his legacy, he was known to be very cruel to those he conquered, even earning himself the nickname “Vlad the Impaler”. Some stories go so far as to say that he even dined with his dying victims, dipping his ... read more
More Bran Castle
Some Good Food
Dirty Pat chowing down!!!

Europe » Romania October 6th 2019

The drive from the Danube to Bucharest passes through mainly agricultural areas with some poor housing. Nearer the city there are signs of recovery from the Communist era and new houses are being built. In the city itself there are poor dilapidated housing on the outskirts and some palatial houses lining the boulevards and by the parks. We had a tour round the Palace which was built for the leader before Ceausescu but who died before it was finished. Ceausescu and his family moved in when he came to power. It is a lavish building with beautiful Persian carpets sent by the Shah of Iran, ornate French furniture and Flemish tapestries. It is no wonder that the poor people were both amazed and horrified when they broke in at the end of Communism in 1989. Now ... read more
Sitting room with carved walnut walls
family photos
Ornate gold bathroom




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