Brasov, Rasnov, and Bran
Trip Start Nov 21, 2007
158Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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Yes, it was STILL raining...but we met our local guide, Julian, a local Brasovian. He met us at the Council Square. Then, we walked around town to visit the Black Church, White and Black Towers, the Weavers' Bastion, and Europe's smallest road (only 1.3 meters wide). We ended the walk at Revolution Square, where you could still see gun shots on the buildings around the square from the Revolution in 1989, were Julian gave us his honest opinion of the Romanian government and current situation. He pretty much felt they still were not "free" even though they were not under occupation
The following day, he took us to Rasnov fortress which is a huge citadel at the top of a hill in Rasnov (about 15 km from Brasov.) The fortress gave some GREAT views of the area as well as some neat history and understanding of medieval times.
Then, he took us to the famous Bran valley. The Bran castle which was built in 1377 was the setting from Bram Stocker's Dracula. The castle was much smaller than most of us thought, but had beautiful views through the valley! Don't worry though, outside they had plenty of souvenirs that were very CHEESY.
We finished the day with a short drive to Sinaia.
Funnel cakes = dough wrapped around a HUGE rolling pin and then basically roasted over coals. There is a glaze that they apply as it begins to bake golden brown. They then cover them with cinnamon, walnut, coconut or rum...YUMMY! Walnut and coconut were definitely the best ones.
Papanachi (sp?) = cake donut covered with sour cream and jam. WOW!
Romanians teach themselves English by watching TV. CRAZY! Ramona in Vadu Izie and Julian both told us this!