Before I visited Romania I had the vague impression that the country was run amok with wild drivers, packs of rabid dogs and Dracula kitsch. Here’s what I’ve found so far: a proud folk heritage, ravishing countryside, friendly and astute people, lots of smoking and yummy (if meat-laden) food. For a taste of Transylvania’s enchanting landscape and architecture, enjoy the following snaps from our trip today to Dumbrava Sibiului forest:
Picnic at the sheepherder’s hut: stuffed cabbage, cucumbers, and strawberries.
Rainshowers in Sibiu.
Piata Mare, Sibiu.
We opted for cabbage rolls.
It’s truly a Transylvania miracle: the apartment we rented in Sibiu has a washing machine! The prospect of clean clothes drove HOB and I into a frenzy. We stuffed everything inside…and couldn’t figure out how to run the machine. The machine is in the building’s hallway, and most of our clothes were in the wash, so we were running out of apartment repeatedly in an embarrassing state of undress, opening and closing the little slot for detergent. Somehow, we emerged victorious, clean clothes drying all about our room.
How we got to Sibiu: train from Brasov.
Where we slept: Casa Bieltz. Price: €35 for a double. Recommended: yes.