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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

For some reason I've been looking forward to Romania since before I left. Mostly, I think, because I have no preconceptions about what it's like at all. Crossing the boarder from Hungary, it definitely seemed different. It's outside of the Shengen zone so it was the first time since I landed in France I was asked for my Passport and must have been asked for it by a different train conductor or border agent for the first 4 stops in Romania. My rail pass was also scrutinized over and over...I don't think they get nearly as many travelers using Eurail passes. There is a travel itinerary on the pass that you are supposed to fill out for each train, a survey of sorts, that had not been checked one single time prior. I believe it's used to allocate money to the different national rail systems. Romania is definitely making sure they get their share.

Cluj Napoca isn't much to look at but it's a good stop between Budapest and Brasov. The trains are painfully slow here and I didn't want to arrive in Brasov at midnight so I'm here for a few days. It's a college town and feels like a college town. Not a pretty southern University campus, but along the lines of Columbus, Ohio or Ann-Arbor minus the football stadiums. It's quite a contrast from the rural areas just outside of town where horse and carriage are a common site.

Iron Maiden is playing here in a week or so.

I was told I have a movie star accent...they only hear British English accents here.
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Nancy on

Try to catch a performance of the Brasov Philharmonic (Filarmonica Brasov) while in Brasov. I'm not sure of the performance dates, but here's the website: ... It's not in English, but maybe someone there can translate for you. Enjoy.

Nancy on

Here's another point of interest, near Brasov: (Maybe someone at the resort, or a nearby hotel can translate the Romainian orchestra website).

Poiana Brasov
Where: 5 miles north of Brasov
Access: Bus #20 leaves every half-hour from Livada Postei bus station
A 15-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride from Brasov leads to Poiana Brasov (3,300 feet), a mountaintop ski and summer resort. During winter months, Poiana Brasov offers some of the best skiing in Romania. In the summer, it is a great place for hikers to launch treks into the Southern Carpathian Mountains. For a panoramic view of Brasov and the more distant Bucegi Mountains, take the cable car to the summit of Postavarul Mountain (5,756 feet).

Interesting fact:
Hollywood celebrities Jude Law, Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman relaxed in Poiana Brasov after shooting the film Cold Mountain on location in nearby fields and farms.

I found this information on the Brasov Roamainian Official Travel website:

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