Transylvania

Saturday, 7 May, 2016 – Bucharest to Brasof

We check out of our Hotel and jump in the car to head to our next destination – Transylvania. The first stop is at Sinala to see Peles Castle.

Peles Castle

Peles Castle

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When we arrive at the Castle, there are tons of people waiting in large groups to get in. I would have given up at that stage but Alexandra is a professional guide and is able to get us near the front of the queue with an English speaking group. When we get in we have to put blue plastic bags on our shoes. We are also told that no flash photography is allowed. So I have no pictures inside the palace that is called a castle. I encourage you to Google “Peles Castle” – Wikipedia has a great story of it. It is very ornate with lots of valuable art, wood work, weapons etc. We have a coffee outside, inside the cafe is full and it is raining somewhat but we get a seat under an umbrella and then take the medium walk back to the car in the rain.

Rugged up for the rain

Rugged up for the rain

We drive onto Brasov which is our destination for the next two days. I think it is the second largest city in Romania but it has a lovely old town where we are staying in the Bella Muzica Hotel.

The entrance to the Hotel

The entrance to the Hotel

The girls checking in

The girls checking in

It is quite an old Hotel but stuff inside is good. The following are photos from the Lobby.

Sofas and chairs

Sofas and chairs

A radio labelled 1944 - the year of my birth

A radio labelled 1944 – the year of my birth

There was a massive “attention bell” and they allowed me to ring it once. It was very loud.

Ring that bell!

Ring that bell!

We go to our room to drop off our cases while Alexandra, who is staying elsewhere, goes to check-in. There lots of passages going in all directions with layers of stairs going up and down.

Julie in the passageway to our room

Julie in the passageway to our room

We are having LLED (my new coining for Late Lunch, Early Dinner) in the Bella Muzica Restaurant in the Hotel. The menu describes it as Traditional Romanian, Hungarian and Mexican food???!!!

When Alexandra comes back, we go into the restaurant. It has a number of rooms / alcoves and we are lead into the bottom one which reminds us of a cave.

The Girls in the cave

The Girls in the cave

Lots of discussion about what to order off of the comprehensive menu. Alexandra recommends the bean soup>

Bean soup in a loaf of bread

Bean soup in a loaf of bread

The soup with the Hat off

The soup with the Hat off

Although I did not order it and only had a couple of tastes, I am voting this as the best dish I experienced in Romania.

Julie had a mouse of salmon and smoked salmon

Julie had a mouse of salmon and smoked salmon

and a common salad

and a common salad

Alexandra, getting into the Mexican theme, after the Bean Soup ordered Quesadilla

Alexandra, getting into the Mexican theme, after the Bean Soup ordered Quesadilla

I only ordered the Pig Knuckle

I only ordered the Pig Knuckle

The waiter had warned us that it was probably big enough for 2 and he was probably right. I made a good fist (pun) of it but had a fair bit left in a doggy bag.

Our drinks

Our drinks

After the meal it was time for a tour of Brasov. I decided to rest up instead so the girls headed off. The following are photos taken by Julie on the tour.

The sign lights up at night

The sign lights up at night

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The girls then went into a bar.

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They then went to the “smallest street in the world”. I will concede narrowest maybe.

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The girls part company and Julie comes back and said we should go to the bar shown above. Assuming it was not very far away, I did not rug up enough to cater for the very long walk across to the big square and then a long, long mall.

A rock band playing in the square

A rock band playing in the square

Finally reaching the bar

Finally reaching the bar

It is quite crowded but we manage to get a table.

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Julie orders a Chicago Coffee?

Julie orders a Chicago Coffee?

Julie with her coffee

Julie with her coffee

The bar is getting more and more crowded and I am not that comfortable there so we leave for the long walk back to the Hotel. It is very cold. I was glad to reach our room and hit the sack.

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Gourmand & Wine Connoisseur.
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