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- Romania 2023. Day 10. Bucharest
- Romania 2023. Day 9. Final day in Brașov
- Romania 2023. Day 8. European bison and ostriches
- Romania 2023. Day 8. Fortified churches of Hărman and Prejmer
- Romania 2023. Day 7. Howling Waterfall
- Romania 2023. Day 6. Sibiu
- Romania 2023. Day 5. Brașov
- Romania 2023. Day 4. Zărnești Gorges in Piatra Craiului National Park
- Romania 2023. Day 4. Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
- Romania 2023. Day 3. Rupea Fortress
On our final day we had some time to kill in Bucharest before we headed back home.
The Palace of the Parliament, or The People's House, formerly House of the Republic. The second largest administrative building in the world. Ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, it still sits mostly empty despite housing two chambers of Parliament, three museums, and a conference center.
The historical center is small, mostly devoid of character:
19th century buildings and streets
A Che Guevara bar, of course:
An arts and crafts side street that sees no foot traffic:
On this day we finally made it to the top of the Tâmpa mountain that overlooks the city.
Can't complain about the view:
The old city:
Valea Zimbrilor(The Valley of Bison) is a small private zoo/animal reservation in Vama Buzăului. It's small, and the animals might not be too keen to come close and show themselves, but it's your problem, not the animals' :)
We still liked it, and if you're ever in the vicinity, do visit.
Gradina cu struți Argeș
A small ostrich farm with lots of ostriches in Bălilești. Great owners and ostriches trying to eat everything in sight.
Being at the crossroads of nations and civilisations, this region was always under threat. Solution? Fortified churches that are small citadels were people could hide during wars, raids, skirmishes, attacks, and other vagaries of the age.
There are 150 fortified churches preserved in Transylvalnia. Seven of them are UNESCO Heritage Sites. Prejmer is one of them.
The church in Prejmer also contains Transylvania's oldest triptych altarpiece, dating back to 1450.
Fortified Evangelical Church, Hărman
Fortified Church, Prejmer
Well, it's sort of howling. And it only looks big in the pictures.
It's quite easy to reach even though the first 1/3 of the way can be quite steep. When you reach it, it's a small unassuming waterfall that doesn't deserve its name. But if you visit in autumn, the walk through the mountains is worth it alone.
When you just take a picture of the waterfall:
When you take a picture of the waterfall to put up on your travel blog:
We didn't take the ride because it was insanely costly for whatever promise of views it had:
Yup. This is me and the waterfall:
Sibiu's historical center is great, and there's a lot of it. Looking back at the photos I realise that I don't have many good ones because it was enough to just walk around and enjoy it. Definitely worth a visit, more than once.
Church of the Holy Trinity, a Roman Catholic cathedral
The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary and its many facesHoly Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
And the angel said unto them, Fear not:
A street lamp:
A surprised house:
Finally, a full day in Brașov."Beth Israel" Synagogue
Brașov narrowest street, "Strada Sforii", The Rope Street. The tourist legend tells of a girl whose father wouldn't let her marry anyone without a useful skill, so her over wove a rope as long as the street. For some reason, the girl is still standing there, waiting :)
The old city wall:
Old city gates:
Prăpăstiile Zărneștiului (Zărnești Gorges) are one of the many, many places in the Carpathian mountains where you can just walk on forever, lost in the forest, the rocks, the crags, the air.
Beware the bears! It's not a joke: there are wild bears in the mountains, and in some places people advise you to wait until the weekend to visit some places, because there will be more people there.
You may feel small:
Visit in autumn:
Grab your climbing gear:
Get lost in the beauty of it all:
This castle has nothing to do with Dracula, and everything to do with Marie of Romania, the last queen of Romania. This doesn't stop the advertising and marketing, and hordes of tourists.
It's a sham, avoid at all costs
In the park below the castle:
The castle itself is rather small and cozy. When you manage to remove 100 tourists per square feet.
It was Halloween time
Plenty of austere rooms re-built and refurbished during the time of Marie (early 20th century).
What prevents men from dressing like this? Though even the clothes on display in the castle are based on movie props.
Brave the ascent to the bat:
I wouldn't mind having one of these at home:
One of the many fortifications scattered around this region.
What makes this fortress unique is that it was painstakingly rebuilt almost from scratch in 2000s to preserve the history of this place.
Legend has it, Decebalus, the last king of Dacia committed suicide inside the fortress
It's well worth a visit