Saxon Heritage

Trip Start May 31, 2007
Trip End May 20, 2008

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Relaxed in town for the day and was delighted to find the sun shining brightly when we emerged from our hostel. Ended up in a double share facilities room which was just fine...and much better than the prospects of a couch!  I climbed the stairs to the clock tower in town and then up the stairs to the church on the hill.  Around 4:20pm our transport picked us up to take us to Viscri...the first part of the trip on paved roads but near the end we turned off onto a very rough unpaved road for the final few kilometers of our journey.  We passed a picturesque village and got out to take pictures and were promptly greeted by the local young children begging for food.  We quickly got back into our van and went on our way.  It is always difficult to know how to handle these situations...compassion for the hungry and also reticence to encourage begging...each situation has to be considered individually.  We passed many horse drawn carts carrying people and materials.  We were surprised to discover that the road we were driving on was the only access road to this village

We were greeted by lots of animals and quite a lovely colored picturesque Saxon village...nicely maintained houses, one after the other.  The ladies of the village got together and decided to create the "Sock Project" in order to provide income to the village and allow people to stay in the village and make a living.  They had knit socks and hats (I bought one!) and other items.  We went into a store and also bought from some of the women who had set up tables outside with their wares. 

We walked up the rough cobblestone/rock pathway to the church and explored the 13th Century structures and museum before heading back down to the town for dinner at a local couple's home.  We had way too much food...bread, soup, cabbage meat rolls, home made sour cherry alcohol, home made wine, our leftover bulls blood wine and a mean drinking liquor!  At one point during dinner, we ran out to take a picture of all of the animals coming in from the fields...cows, horses, etc wandering down the main stretch each going into their proper homes.  We also saw cute little piggies driving their noses into the mud and shaking their curly tails...roosters, chickens, turkeys, kitties, dogs......

We drove back after dinner, the road just as rough as earlier and went to sleep back at our hostel...
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