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Nov 9, 2018 - Braşov

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about Braşov: “Gothic spires, medieval gateways, Soviet blocks and a huge Hollywood-style sign Braşov’s skyline is instantly compelling. A number of medieval watchtowers still glower over the town. Between them sparkle baroque buildings and churches, while easy-going cafes line main Square Piata Satului. Visible from here is forested Mt Tâmpa, sporting Braşov in huge white letters. According to local legend, the Pied Piper of Hamelin reemerged in...

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Sep 10, 2018 - A day in Bucharest/ Meeting the group

Another nice, cool but sunny day in Bucharest! Since we had the day free to do what we liked, we were able to sleep in and enjoy a good breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we walked to the Parliment Building to pick up the Hop on/Hop off tour bus. It was about a 10 minute walk there and we crossed over the Dâmbovița (dim bo vitsa) River, the river that flows thru Bucharest. It has never been navigivable; there are 16 bridges over it. The bus runs an hour and half route on a small section of the city, mainly hitting major buildings....

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RUM Explorer

Aug 2, 2018 - 25th July

Dear all, Well here I am again grabbing a few moments to send you an update. You will notice be the date sent and the date in the title that I am getting slower or more busy in doing these updates. The roads we are travelling over are not highways by any means, so can't seem to work on the blog or do any sewing, apart from the fact that the wifi is a bit iffy from time to time. From Brasov we visited the Bran Castle, which is supposed to be Drakula's castle, but apart from one room it was not very scary. The views of the countryside were...

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Our Big Trip

Sep 19, 2017 - Brasov, Romania

I took the train to Brasov and my Airbnb host was waiting to pick me up which was very nice of him. The train was interesting. It was about 50 years old at least and the kind where the seats are six to a little compartment room. It was crowded and some people had to stand the entire way. I was glad I bought my ticket online which was no easy task. Most people stood in line at the station to buy a ticket. The WC in the train is something you want to avoid. Enough said. Brasov is a larger city than I thought. It's home to about 200 or 300k...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Saxons, Castles, Monasteries and Mishaps – Romania 2

Saxon Lands, Castles, Painted Monasteries and Mishaps – Romania 2 18-23rd August Some way north of Bucharest you enter the Saxon Lands. Towards the end of the long running Crusades several homeward bound groups of Germanic Crusaders (including some Teutonic Knights) decided that Romania was not a bad place to settle – which they did. To protect themselves they built castles and to help them do that they brought in labour from their homelands. Significant parts of Transylvania have Saxon villages, churches, monasteries and castles. 20th C...

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Oct 3, 2012 - Brasov, Romania

I am up around 06:00am a quick check of emails, then out for breakfast before starting my day exploring the town of Brasov. It starts with a trip to the cable car station and a ride to the top of the mountain for a great view of the old part of the town. Back down the mountain and walk to the Black Church one of the largest in Romania very nice but no pictures inside,:( then I am off to the Black Tower (it is actually white lol) could only go to the steps as it is closed for the season, a nice walk through the forest to the white tower...

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world trip 2012

Oct 2, 2012 - Romania

I leave Athens after spending the night in the airport at 06:30AM heading for Zurich, Switzerland my first stop for the day spend 4 hours there before my next flight that takes me to Bucharest, Romania. Getting into Bucharest around 04:00 PM I am off by express bus to the main train station for a 3 hour train trip to Brasov in the land of Transylvania and the castle of count Dracula, getting into Brasov around 09:00pm a taxi to the hotel, get checked in and then out for a bit of dinner at a local pub and of course a beer from Romania. Then...

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Aug 24, 2011 - Brasov

We then moved north into Transylvania to the small town of Brasov. A picturesque town set in the mountains of vampire country, it was here we explored the origins of Dracula. "Dracula's castle" in Bran, was somewhat of a disappointment as it wasn't nearly as scary as expected and actually only briefly visited by Vlad the Impaler. So pretty much the Rasnov citadel down the road was a million times better. While is Brasnov we met plenty of Australians, one of whom, Christie, was possibly the most knowledgeable people and we learnt the entire...

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May 13, 2011 - The sun shines in Brasov

I thought it was impossible, but today the sun was out and so were the people. The sleepy town of Brasov was transformed into a bustling town. Making use of the good weather, I climbed the hill to the Citadel. This was built in 1395!!!! Apparently there is a church that i've not found that was built in the 1200's. Obviously a lot of restoration work has been performed over the years. There was a great view of the old town, with the black church dominating the view. I'm not sure what was happening in town, but it started with a lot of car...

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May 12, 2011 - The Fake Castle Dracula

I awoke to another cold wet day in Romania. Generally I don't have an issue with this except that my clothes I've dropped off for laundering were not dry so i'm wearing the same clothes again today. Also the only remotely warm clothing I bought was a jacket and long pants. I'm heading towards the coast of the meditteranean over the weekend, so things should startt to warm up again. Still the weather is only a minor concern, I had another castle to visit. Bran castle, is often referred as Draculas castle. I can certainly see why this might...

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May 11, 2011 - Peles, the modern castle

Today I went for a train ride back toward Bucharest to a town called Sinaia. I planned to stop there yesterday, but bad weather and tiredness got the better of me and I stayed on the train to Brasov. I've now come to the conclusion all Romanians are really nice people except for Romanian taxi drivers. As soon as I left the train station a friendly taxi driver offered to take me to the castle for 10 lei. I declined as I knew while being an uphill walk it wasn't going to kill me. I did think the fare was rather cheap and wondered what the...

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May 10, 2011 - Transylvania is real.

Unfortunately I left Bucharest after only 2 night there. I really didn't expect I'd like it that much. But it grew on me despite the communist ugly that still exists the city really is just as great as any other city. Better still I didn't attract a single pickpocket. Maybe it says something about the locals and how kind they are. Except for the taxi drivers that is. So I farewelled Constantin who is a wonderful host, made me many cups of tea and cooked me omelettes for breakfast both days. I told him I'd recommend his hostel to anyone who...

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