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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov September 11th 2016

Trains work better than buses here in Romania and thus I found myself on a fairly old-school one from Bucharest to Brasov; it was one of those classic trains with a side aisle and individual cabins of six seats each, of which mine was shared with three old Romanian ladies. The 10€, 2 1/2 hour ride was comfortable. Now I've visited enough cities around the world to know that the bus network works differently in almost every one of them. In some places you buy your ticket before boarding, in some you buy from the driver and in others you have a dude on the bus who sells you a ticket. Arriving at Brasov's train station, I knew I had to catch bus no.4 and the bus was just about to leave when I arrived so ... read more
Strada Muresenilor
View From Mt Tampa
Piata Sfatului

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest September 7th 2016

"Always catch a bus if you can", said the guy at the hostel in Veliko Tarnovo. Shame there no buses to Bucharest then. Only trains. Thus, I was on my first train journey for first time in a month, when I was in Italy/San Marino. And it was nice crossing a border with company, especially a long, 7-hour journey with so many stops. With me were three others from the hostel in Veliko Tarnovo; American Maura and fellow Kiwis Tom and Louis, who despite their rather contrasting appearances, are quite astonishingly, brothers. It was nice to hang out with some Kiwis again for a longer period of time - I haven't met too many on my travels to be honest and many of those meetings were rather fleeting. Only Andy in Havana springs to mind in ... read more
Presidential Palace
Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse
Statue Outside The National History Museum

Europe » Romania July 28th 2016

After a good night rest and a good Romanian breakfast it was time again to continue. The motorway ended at Sibiu so now we had to continue on the national roads crossing the Carpathian Mountains. There are 2 options from Sibiu to Bucharest. • The regular road E81, also known as the Olt River Valley • The Transfargarasan My colleagues from Bucharest recommended me to go via the Transfargarasan. According Top Gear this road is the best driving road of the world. It is also forbidden for trucks so you don't need to overtake slow trucks on curvy roads. And the view during the trip is amazing. So all together it is the most spectacular road of Romania. We left Sibiu toward the direction of Brasov. There are no proper descriptions to go to the Transfargarasan, ... read more
Transfargaresan
Transfargaresan
Transfargaresan

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 28th 2016

Late in the afternoon we arrived at Bucharest. We went directly to our hotel. We realized that the hotel we booked was not in the best area of Bucharest. Seeing the surrounding you had the feeling that you were sill in an east block country of the 80ys. No problem at all since we will spend only the night over here. After refreshing ourselves we went to the old city center. For the dinner we went to my favorite Romanian restaurant, Caru Cu Bere. Since my last visit no much changes in Bucharest, except that smoking is not allowed anymore inside the restaurants. After the dinner we met my colleagues who were living in Bucharest. After spending a short but nice evening at some of the pubs in the old city center, we went back to ... read more
Bucharest
Bucharest
Bucharest

Europe » Romania July 27th 2016

At the Romanian border the queue was not that long. Within some minutes we passed the passport check. When you enter Romania by car you also have to pay for using the roads, like all countries. About the price we cannot complain. 3 Euros for a week. The polite and funny guy behind the desk asked me politely if I could pay 4 Euros instead of 3. The old Balkan methods where you have to pay the police and the border guards are not completely disappeared. But for 1 euro extra I won't cause a lot of noise and beside the guy was quite funny, so we can state that the so called soup money is low enough to negligible. Time to continue the road. Since my last visit there was a very pleasant surprise! There ... read more
Timisoara

Europe » Romania 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
Sibiu
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 » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 21st 2016

18 juillet Je commence à croire que cette histoire de vampires n'est que mensonge après tout. C'est qu'il y en a eu aucun où je croyais en trouver: ni dans le fond des bars, ni dans les châteaux transylvaniens, ni même dans le bourg natal de Dracula lui-même. Je me demande où sont-ils tous cachés maintenant. Bon. Réfléchissons.... Exposés au soleil, les vampires s'enflamment et meurent: ça, on sait ça. Donc, plus éloignés du soleil ils sont, moins ils mettent leur vie (leur immortalité) en danger. Alors, suivant cette logique... plus on est au creux de la terre, plus loin nous sommes du soleil... et moins les vampires sont en danger. Intéressant... Donc, pour assurer leur subsistance, des vampires ont certainement dû se terrer dans une grotte, une caverne... ou une vieille mine peut-être... Une vieille ... read more
Train station in Cluj-Napoca
Tunnel 1
Salt mine

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 19th 2016

16 -17 juillet " Qui est-ce qui m'a jeté un sort? J'perds tout c'que j'aime et même le nord Hé! On a volé mon contrôle! Y'a mon corps et y'a ma tête qui oh oh Je ne veux plus m'endormir non non non non non " Laurence Jalbert .... Ma recherche pour trouver des vampires est un lamentable échec. Je n'ai trouvé aucun de ces monstres, ni dans les bars de la capitale, ni dans les châteaux visités jusqu'à présent en Transylvanie. On en voit pourtant partout sur les tasses à café, les t-shirts et les aimants à frigo dans les boutiques de souvenirs. Ils doivent bien se cacher à quelque part que je me dis. Bon, recommençons du début... ...Oh! Mais... je n'ai qu'à retrouver la maison qui a vu naître Dracula voyons! Voilà! Tout ... read more
Café Dracula
Rue de Sighisoara
Ruelle de nuit

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 16th 2016

14 juillet Mon cadran sonne dans le dortoir bondé de l'hostel de Bucarest. Comme hier, personne ne bouge à part moi. Il est 7h00. Les autres lits sont occupés par des jeunots en bédaine étendus comme des cadavres. Il plane une collante odeur de lendemain de veille dans la pièce. Pour ne pas réveiller les fêtards, je me jette dans le salon commun avec tout mon bagage, question d'y mettre un peu d'ordre. D'un ton caverneux, un type allongé sur la causeuse me surprend en me lançant un " Rrrrello " rauque. Il a aussi l'allure d'un cadavre, avec ses yeux profondément cernés comme si on les avait vissé trop fort dans son visage. " Hello " que je lui répond sèchement alors que je réalise que je suis encore en bobette. J'enfile donc rapidement un ... read more
Château de Bran
Château de Sinaia
Ruelle de Brasov




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