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... don't want Romania in the Schengen zone!" The Dutch family was completely taken aback, yet still managed to chuckle along with us, once the initial shock wore off.
It was a perfect night to catch a breath from our hectic travel place, having a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by a Romanian granny, and to enjoy the hospitality of the other guests. The Romanian guy, Alex, gave us a crash course in what good palinka is, ...
... give us a view of where we
actually were and it was spectacular. High jagged peaks were all
around with the road winding it's way through them, there are no
barriers, no run off areas, just steep drops off to either side. You
are on your own up here.
The rain started to ease off as we
dropped down the northern side of the mountains towards Sebe and for
a while we enjoyed ...
Surprisingly we were up and out sharp this morning even though Logan hadn't had his morning coffee! We were about 1km away from Poenari Fort so were there at 9:30 ready to climb up to the fort on the hill. We knew it was on a hill as you could see it from the road, we did not know that it would be 1480 steps!! Yip, that is a lot! It took us about 40 mins to get up, 10 mins to walk around (it was ...
... no nearby castles (nor vampires that I'm aware of) but the city is situated around a large fortress/quadrangle. It's called the Cetate Bastionare and encloses both a Roman Catholic Cathedral and a Romanian Orthodox Cathedral as well as a hotel, some sort of University and a consortium of restaurants, bars and small cafes. We had an excellent dinner in a very cool seemingly underground "medieval" cafe. It was hot today (upper 90s) and ...
After about a 100 km upstream in the Apuseni mountains, we'd like to call it a day, and find a place to put up our tent. The area around Campeni is somewhat densely populated; as such we feel more comfortable if we get permission for doing so.
The spot we choose is along the river Aries, a meadow. We inquire by a woman, who is watching two girls plunging in the river, how we can get permission for putting up our tent. She does ...