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We awake to another cloudless sky. The day soon warms up and at 8am we repair to Madame's kitchen for breakfast of eggs, yoghurt, cheese, tomatoes and cucumber. Coffee and tea to drink and bread and home-made jam to finish.
Conversation continues in French. I learned later from her son that Madame had been a language teacher in her younger days. After breakfast we wash the bikes and pack our gear. It's very warm now as we set off. ...
... carrying his P.C. Don't worry - he will survive.
* Today we are heading for Carisoara, a strategic stop at the beginning of one of Europe's most famous drives: the Transfagarasan. We journey along mostly minor rural roads ( often gravel track ) through picturesque villages where the horse is still very much the beast of burden and where the inhabitants are mostly involved in agriculture. There are still masses of sunflowers & stork ...
... 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 ...
... a lunch stop
in Craiova the ground started to rise, slowly at first then very much
more dramatically as we started onto the TransAlpina. But it was
raining, heavily and even the YingBo couldn't help to make matters
any better. By the time we reached the top we were in thick cloud
and heavy rain with winds swirling about us. Luckily though, for
just a minute or two the clouds ...
... I reflection, I got what I asked for. however it was clear there was no explanation of the map coming, no "we are here" or "you should see this". it wasn't even a tourist map so had no points of interest marked on it, at least not in English. despite it being clean, secure and in a good location, we have the first holder of the "worst hostel award". that night, with only to others in the room, I decided against using earplugs. mistake, big mistake. the ...