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Thoughts on Romania.
It's a place of great contrasts,
extreme poverty sits right alongside obscene new wealth.
Stray dogs are everywhere in great
numbers, some chase motorcycles too, but you'll see old folk with a
cow on a lead???
Out in villages in the countryside
everyone seems to want to live alongside the road with many of them
using the location to sell their ...
headed on south into thankfully drier and warmer climes ending up in
a ropey enough hotel in Caracal. Again it is a 100 lei (€25) job,
but nowhere near as good as last nights find. Still, the grub was
good, £18 getting us beers, wine and two fine courses each.
Tomorrow sees us into Bulgaria, maybe
Greece and also maybe on into Turkey. We'll see how it works out
... go to reception and the person speaks not one word of English. This happens and I never had issues before. It appears there is no reservation for my name despite my booking number. After much useless back and forth it appears there is room at the inn. He gives me the price and it doesn't seem to match what I am supposed to pay. An issue I will bring up with booking site. He also tries to tell me credit card machines are not ...
... 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 ...