La Viorel Pension
Travel Blogs from Sibiu
We awake to another cloudless sky. The day soon warms up and at 8am we repair to Madame's kitchen for breakfast of eggs, yoghurt, cheese, tomatoes and cucumber. Coffee and tea to drink and bread and home-made jam to finish.
Conversation continues in French. I learned later from her son that Madame had been a language teacher in her younger days. After breakfast we wash the bikes and pack our gear. It's very warm now as we set off. ...
... each new area.
* At lunch break we strike lucky & stop in Medias, a lovely little town with medieval origins.
* The cost of living is getting cheaper. Long may it continue. Romania seems very good value after the Eurozone countries.
* Thanks to Booking.com we have reserved a room in a little pension in the village of Cartisoara. It is an amazing website. Many participating members operate offer a 24 hr cancellation ...
Today was solely focused on battling the Transfagarasan highway, Top Gear's #1 ranked road to drive in the world! It consists of 90km of a formerly military highway, that twists and turns its way over Romania's highest peaks (over 2000m), it's height results in it only being open for a few months a year, conveniently beginning a week before we arrived. At the beginning if the Transfagarasan, the Poenari Castle overlooked the ...
... dry run towards town at a good strong
pace. Jackets and trousers were even starting to dry out until, just
outside town, the heavens opened again with a vengence ensuring that
we arrived at our hotel well and truly soaked. Lovely.
So, we have ridden the TransAlpina. We
haven't seen much of it mind you, but enough to make us resolve to
ride it again some time. On a dry day.....
Sibiu definitely has points of interest. One landmark that we all found beautiful and the legend interesting was the famed Liar Bridge. Built in 1859, it is the first cast iron bridge in Romania. It is said that if you cross the bridge and tell a lie whilst crossing, it will collapse. Dare if you will, but in history, it has collapsed once in the last 100 years...not sure if it is worth the risk.
The Grand Square is ...