All posts tagged: Romania

Sighișoara Citadel

Here are some pictures from our second stop in Transilvania, the city of Sighișoara. The citadel is about two and a half hours by train from Brașov. This is the birth place of Vlad the Impaler.    The citadel was built on top of a hill in the 12th century by Saxon craftsmen and merchants and it is still inhabited today. Our hotel was inside the citadel but we walked around the city below and bought provisions for a picnic. I made David try Romanian salami (Salam de Sibiu) and cașcaval,  a Romania yellow hard cheese. I was excited to eat these again because growing up they were somewhat of a luxury.    We stayed in a hotel resembling an old inn with an old fresco, low ceilings and a brick cellar that hosts large parties. The man at the reception gave us a tour and told us stories of ghosts which haunt the hotel staff when they wander in the basement at night. Advertisements

Transylvanian Adventure

When most people hear about Transylvania they think vampires and count Dracula. Not to disappoint, there is a restaurant in Brașov called Dracula but it caters mainly to tourists. Brașov is on the edge of the Carpathian Mountains and a great gateway to ski resorts and hiking trails nearby. The city has been around since medieval times and it boasts architectural landmarks in many different styles. We spent a few days in the city and around. From Brașov we did a day trip to the nearby ski resort town of Sinaia. It’s only forty minutes away from Brașov by train. Sinaia is not a part of Transylvania but Wallachia. Getting on the train was easy but figuring out where to get off was tricky. The train conductors do not announce train stations and station names are not clearly marked. Naturally we missed our stop and got off at the next stop in Comarnic. Once there we were contemplating going to visit some salt mines we found out were in the area. We asked a couple of locals but …

Bucharest In Bloom

After twenty years away from my native country, I decided it was a good time to go back and see how much things have changed. I was excited to speak Romanian, eat my favourite Romanian dishes and be surrounded by all things Romanian. Bucharest is where I was born and grew up and the place I was most curious to revisit. Our hotel was near Piața Unirii and the old city not far from the gigantic People’s House built by Ceaușescu during the communist regime. Unfortunately the building was closed for visitors because of Orthodox Easter. The building is said to be just as grandiose on the inside as it is on the outside. Immediately after our arrival we hit Lipscani street and the old city. I don’t remember this part of the city but I knew about it from conversations with my mom. In truth I don’t remember much of the city and I felt like I was almost seeing it for the first time. Turns out I had changed a lot as well. The architecture in …