Dracula country

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 15, 2008


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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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We drove to Sighisoara via some dodgy looking towns and through a lot of traffic. The country side was nice though, and some of the smaller towns were very charming looking. During our travels so far we have seen the odd horse and cart getting about, with old looking farmers driving them along busy modern roads. Well while in Romania we have past dozens of them, some with a famer or two and a huge pile of hay, some with tree branches, some being driven by children, but all of them just charming.

On arriving to Sighisoara we were greeted with a lovely looking town set in the hills. The first camp site we saw only had a tiny entrance which Clive would not have fit in, so we went to the next one which was meant to have a great view of the town. Well the view was great, but the drive to get there was a little hairy and it really wasn't all that close to town. The camp site was part of a restaurant that was set on the largest hill in the area, the drive up was so rocky and steep that at one point we didn't think first gear would cut it! The views were most definitely worth it, but the facilities were a little dodgy.

We had decided to look around the town the next day when we could just drive back down and explore. It was very nice, but very hot and humid. The old town was very touristy as this place is where Vlad Teps AKA 'Dracula' was meant to have been born. His house is now a restaurant, which we didn't bother with. A church a clock tower and some lovely old buildings were the only things of interest, and wandering away from the main tourist path showed an old rural town in full swing of redevelopment.

Brasov was our next stop just a few hrs away. This town was much larger then Sighisoara, but the camp site was no closer. The facilities were much better though, and after an absolutely freezing shower the reception called us a taxi to explore the town. This has to be the scariest taxi ride of my life! We had been assured by the English couple next to us that the Taxi drivers were quiet good and it only cost 15 Lei to get in (4 Euros), well it only cost us 12 lei for starters. It seems a BMW cut our taxi driver off, and he didn't really seem to appreciate this. After some very close very fast tail gating through 3 lane one way traffic we stopped at traffic lights only to hear our driver abusing the BMW driver who then got out of his cab and went to hit our driver! He got back into his car and we got past him only for him to spit at Dave. Oh yeah did I mention we didn't have seat belts! All that said we did get to town fine and we saved a few Lei........

Brasov is a great town; it has a happening very chic atmosphere, but is surrounded with mountains and old gothic buildings. The main square is lovely the main shopping street very happening with lots of cool looking bars and restaurants. We found a seat and had a few cold beers after looking around. We then got a rather more boring taxi ride home.
The English couple we were camping next to, were and older couple who had a few good stories to tell and we chatted to them about there travels and got a few ideas of places to go, including a mountain drive we would do the next day. I also got to swap some books!!! I may be excited but this was the first in a long time, and I got the other Boylen girl which made me very excited.

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