While there are an abundance of cats seen in the alleys, many are indoor cats. This was a very fortunate cat, living at ground level next to a seafood restaurant. This happy cat was fed frequently by tourists dining just across the walkway during our lunch. Continue reading →
The colorful streets of Brasov were in stark contrast to the reason for our visit to the Transylvanian Mountains of Romania, Dracula’s Castle. It could also be called Romania’s biggest tourist trap and collection of tchotchke shops. Continue reading →
The luck of the draw. Many, if not most, reading this blog were simply fortunate to have been born in the USA, had access to good education, good medical treatment and above all, a democracy. Not so for those living in Romania during much of my lifetime. Continue reading →
In the most northern part of Romania, literally just yards from the Ukraine boarder, lies the small village of Sapanta. This town has become a tourist attraction due to its unusual cemetery with hand carved, brightly painted blue crosses and witty rhymes about the deceased’s life, the Merry Cemetery. Sometimes there is an epitaph of what caused their death.
Sibiu, Romania is a charming maze of winding cobblestone streets, large open squares and fine restaurants. It was a very welcomed relief from the gritty streets of Bucharest. I had seen the above blue wall and cat scene photo posted by Vagabon and Dave sixty days earlier in their travel blog and instantly loved it. So I cruised from Texas to Spain, flew from Barcelona to Bucharest, rented a car to Sibiu just to see these beautiful blue tones….. Thank you Bonnie and Dave! Continue reading →
The Transfagarasan Highway was made famous by a British TV show which named it the world’s best highway for sports car enthusiasts. It obviously would be great fun in a sports car with the road blocked off for a race, as it was a few days after these photos. However, this was a very worrisome ride due to dodging fallen rocks and the aggressive Romanian drivers constantly passing on blind curves. Continue reading →
Driving across the Romania countryside there are many haystacks in the wide open fields, people’s yards and even in the apple orchards. This is the winter food for the sheep, cattle and dairy cows. The plastic tarp on top is supposed to help protect the stack from rain and snow. However, they never seemed to be very large nor tied into place very well, so apparently this protection is optional. Continue reading →
The Palace of Parliament or People’s House in Bucharest, Romania is the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon. But the People’s House is barely occupied. Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena died of lead poisoning from a 1989 Christmas Day firing squad just before its completion, so they never got to live in this extravagant building.
Time for another haircut. I passed up a haircut in Barcelona opting for Bucharest instead as it sounded a bit more exotic to me. How could anyone in need of a haircut pass up a barber shop called Frize Bad?
The large Old Town section of Bucharest is packed with tourists, Romanians on ‘holiday’ and locals eating at the great restaurants. We could have conquered the trolley system, but after sitting around the apartment with our computers all morning making lodging reservations, we needed the exercise the three mile trip offered. Continue reading →