Category Archives: By Country – Romania

Transylvania part 4 – Fortified against invaders

After a night spent camped in the garden of the very nice B&B run by Rudi and Ella (yep, more Dutch), chatting with Richard – an East German-born biker, whose childhood holidays had been spent in then-Communist Yugoslavia and Romania … Continue reading

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Transylvania part 3 – Glass icons and hairpin bends

The first real place west of Brașov is Făgăraș, but our attempt to avoid it altogether didn’t quite work. One minor fuel-level-related marital later, we found the petrol station which had eluded us for the entire stretch of the DN1 … Continue reading

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Colourboration – Green with envy

Green with envy is what I’d be if I read about someone doing the trip we’re doing. I pinch myself sometimes to make sure it isn’t all a dream. This time Lynne at Dovegreyreader and I have chosen to explore … Continue reading

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Transylvania part 2 – Fortifications

Braşov, founded by the Saxons in medieval times, was a prosperous place. It grew rapidly in the 1960s when the mass industry of the Communist era brought in workers from other regions and it became one of the largest cities … Continue reading

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Transylvania part 1 – In Vlad’s footsteps

Mention Transylvania and it conjures up the image of a certain black cloaked gentleman with protruding eye-teeth. The Dracula we know and fear is largely the creation of Bram Stoker’s imagination, but the character is rooted in Transylvania, a land … Continue reading

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The Madman’s House

Originally officially called Casa Republicii (House of the Republic), then Casa Poporului (People’s House – irony, presumably), and currently Palatul Parliamentului (Palace of Parliament), the unofficial but popular name seems to fit just perfectly. Back in 1984, when a huge … Continue reading

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Bucharest

The campsite at Bucharest sits in woods to the north of the city, a very pleasant and clearly affluent area – there’s a large US embassy building just down the road, together with a massive shopping centre full of western-brand … Continue reading

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