Travel Blogs from Bistrita
Tuesday 8th July 2014
*We would have liked to stay longer in Erdobenye.
*We drive 150km along a mainly rural route towards the Romanian border. We pass through villages where there are stork nests on the top of every lamp post. Curiously some nests have just 1 adult standing guard whilst others have 4 or 5 clambering for space. Must google why!
... disappointing, it was certainly windy but nothing spectacular. However, the final 30km blew us away, as the highway rounded the mountain top and the sheer cliffs and amazing views began. Agreeing with Top Gear, I would say that this is indeed the best road that I have ever driven. Our journey ended in Sibiu, with a walk around the Old Town and a much deserved healthy portion of Romanian dinner after over 7 hours if treacherous ...
... wagons and Danish caravan convoys. Standard overtaking procedure required blind faith that there was no oncoming traffic and accelerate aggressively through the winding turns. Shortly after arriving at Sighisoara, Rose and I were exploring the Old Town, a well preserved village within city walls, complete with clock tower and citadel. Hiking to the citadel on top of the hill required walking through an eerie graveyard, giving a very Transylvanian feel to the ...
... to enjoy. The church at Malancrav is notable because it is one of the few places in the Romania, perhaps the world where the original paintings that decorated the walls have survived. most were painted over as the methods of worship changed from the Catholic and Orthodox to the Evangelical and Protestant. they are amazing and even show a little humour!
Our last stop of the day was perhaps the saddest. The Castle of Bethlen at Cris was owned by the Bethlen family ...
... the planet. Highlighted by the beautiful wooden churches, with their tall spires and intricately carved gates that were sprinkled throughout the region. The main church was surrounded by lush gardens and traditional Romanian buildings, perfect for an evening of exploration off the beaten track. Dinner was a unique experience at the Casa Lurca restaurant. With very little English spoken by the staff, Rose and I eventually ordered ...
Other places to stay in Bistrita
Granicerilor 5, Bistrita | Hotelfrom $52
4 Piatra Fantanele, Bistrita | Hotelfrom $50
4 Piata Petru Rares, Bistrita | Hotelfrom $62
Piata Petru Rares nr.2, Bistrita | 2 star hotelfrom $46
28 Codrisor Street, Bistrita | Hotelfrom $33
80 Calea Moldovei, Bistrita | 3 star hotelfrom $33
Str.Parcului 19, Bistrita | Hotelfrom $88