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... pretty empty as we climb higher.
After the first tunnel and first summit, arrived at via an amazing series or switchbacks that attest to the engineering skills of the road builders, we drop down a valley and find the Cabana Capra hotel and check in.
It costs 170 Lei (about £30) for a twin room with balcony on the 2nd floor and breakfast in the morning. We park the bikes out of sight round the back and ...
... are all types of accommodation available from campsite & Bed Breakfast to 5* hotels. The big positive factor is that you cannot do an appraisal UNLESS you have actually stayed there. This is not the case with Trip Advisor for instance. And yes we are endeavouring to do write ups on every place we stay in. We have benefited from other travellers' input to assist our selection - it is time to reciprocate.
* The lady who owns the Pension is out ...
... its lofty position atop a mountain, requiring some 1500 steps to reach. Lesser known by tourists, this is the actual castle of Vlad the Impaler, however, it predominately lies in ruins thanks to a bombardment of Turkish artillery. Featuring some examples of impaling at the entrance and it's eerie history made this castle an imposing sight. Back in the car we begun our journey along the Transfagarasan. After the first 60km ...
... give us a view of where we
actually were and it was spectacular. High jagged peaks were all
around with the road winding it's way through them, there are no
barriers, no run off areas, just steep drops off to either side. You
are on your own up here.
The rain started to ease off as we
dropped down the northern side of the mountains towards Sebe and for
a while we enjoyed ...
... entrance to the old castle courtyard among cannons and bricks. The views of the countryside were beautiful and the mountain ranges span quite the distance. When up there you felt a sense of accomplishment climbing 1480 stairs. I was proud. Yes very proud.
That evening we stayed in Sibiu among the cobble streets and castle-like buildings. We walked to the Grand square where most of the shops and restaurants are located and ate Italian food in ...