Travel Blogs from Craiova
The place is generally pretty unkempt
to say the least, get rid of the dogs and tidy the place up a bit and
there's money to be made. Or maybe they just want to keep the place
Still, aside from all the downsides, of
which there are a few, it is an interesting country to visit and the
warmth and friendliness of the Romanians has been very nice.
It was a mixed bag that met us this
morning when we awoke and we were still undecided on our plan for the
day. The weather forecast seemed to be against us which didn't help
us much at all.
Jochen had some gps stuff to sort out,
so after a late breakfast it was almost 10am by the time we hit the
road. We decided that since we had come this far we might as well
try to ride the ...
... I arrived in Slatina and the place was a mess with very little coordination. A lot of these places have at least one main area near center town that is nice, but despite riding through most of the city I saw nothing of the sort.
My hotel was easy enough to find as it was a large yellow building. Getting in was another thing. I went to what I assumed was the main entrance but I could only see doors for restaurant, storage ...
... to go through. The roof was all tapestries, and there were massive chandeliers which hung over a red carpet walkway from the back to the front of the church right up the middle.
After leaving the church, we walked only a couple more blocks before climbing stairs in the direction of the fortress. It seemed that we had entered a park with a vantage point overlooking the Danube River. Walking along the top of the hill, we came upon a series of ...
... the Danube, which we explored for about half an hour. It's an interesting little castle with moat and seems to get used for movie settings.
As we wanted to make our way as far as possible into Romania that day, we managed to get a lift to the ferry dock with 2 friendly locals, as that's the way over the river and the border. The construction of a bridge connecting the 2 countries is (still) in progress. Once we had entered Romania at the small village of Calafat, we made our ...