Romania, what a wonderful place. I didn’t really know that much about Romania before I went there, and i was curious and excited as the bus pulled in to Bucharest station. We arrived at 7am after a night bus from Sofia, Bulgaria following a day bus from Istanbul to Sofia. I bet you can guess that we were pretty exhausted. we asked a taxi driver for directions to the centre, and despite sending us the wrong way, we made it. A fantastic little hostel called The Doors, with a hand made mezzanine in the common room and a their very own tea lounge with over 30 loose teas!
That day we had a little rest before gulping a lot of coffee and heading into the centre. After only half an hour of walking around we bumped into another bad experience, apparently jay walking here is illegal! The police cajoled us into giving them 30 euros, it should have been double but for whatever reason he let me off. Since then we have learnt that this is a tourist trap in many Eastern and Central European big cities so watch out!
The above is a statue of Vlad, probably the most famous historical person known in regards to Romania. But despite the vampiric legend surrounding being exactly that, a legend, his story and role within Romania during the Ottoman empire is gory, scary, hideous, horrific and so of course completely fascinating. If you have the guts i suggest looking up exactly what he did when he impaled people and where the “vampire” rumour came from, it might not be exactly as Bram described but i think it is just as, if not more, fascinating.
This is the Stavropoleos church, almost hidden as it is tucked away from the main city streets in a small corner behind some large buildings. It is a painted monastary for nuns and it so beautiful.
Here we have the ugliest statue in Budapest with his disproportionate sized butt! The statue is supposed to symbolise the merging of the Romans with the Romanian peoples.
So that was just a small, tiny taste of Bucharest. It really is a fascinating place, with a rich history. We went on the free walking tour and our tour guide told us all about the origination of the Romanian people, the history of Romanian, all the way up until communism and Nicolae Ceaușescu and his effect devastating effect on Bucharest and Romania, another topic, that if your interested is worth looking into, I mean have a look at this. The guy made people move entire buildings to make way for new buildings with railway tracks. Insane.
After Bucharest we headed a little north to a small place called Sinaia. A really lovely and tiny town. It is home to the famous Peles Castle.
Below are just a few snaps.
Some wonderful Indian tea we had.
This is Peles Castle
So much snow! It’s crazy that we went from over 30 degrees in Italy, to 1 or 2 degrees and snow here!
We took two cables cars to the top of the mountain, amazing views. But unfortunately we didn’t see any bears.
After Sinaia, we headed west to another small town called Sibui. We like to try, if possible, and visit more than one city in a country, especially if that one city is a capital. It;s difficult to get a real feel for the culture and country by just going to the capital. Its like judging England having only been to London.
Below are just a few snaps of Sibui. This was also the start of the Christmas Markets.
And thats it for now, I’m a bit behind with posts but stay tuned as my Budapest post is coming shortly!
Thanks for reading.