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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 ...
... and rode the 60 miles back to where we had started this
All was not lost though. Anyone
reading this will know of Jochens need for tea at regular intervals
throughout the day, so with that in mind we stopped at the first
place we saw. Te al limone as the Italians call it served with two
big wedges of warm apple cake came to about £3.50 which isn't bad.
Our early steps of 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 ...