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Braşov, the Romanian Krakow

Constrasting with the crowded capital, always in a hurry and pointedly materialistic, a oasis of beauty and color, with historic and spiritual focus, but without losing the atmosphere and energy of an “important city” – that is Krakow for Poland, and that is Braşov for România.

I’m pleasantly impressed by Braşov (read: Brashov, accent on “o”). I knew it’s nice in the townhall swuare, Piaţa Sfatului. But this time, thanks to my friend N. (a.k.a. Q-S) I had the pleasure of an insider tour exactly matching my taste (we are not friends by mistake :): fast, intense, combining touristic and non-touristic insights, in the company of a good friend. There’s nothing more I’d wished for.

“Have you been to the Small Fortress (Cetăţuie)?”
“No.”
“To Salomon’s Rocks (Pietrele lui Solomon)?”
“No.”
“To Schei, the old neighborhood?”
“No.”
“Good. Then I know the route.”

And off we went. We had 4 hours, and we used them to the max.

We walked up to Read more of this post

Streets of Sighişoara

A walk through Sighişoara (See-guee-show-ah-rah) is like a journey back in time. Located in Southern Transylvania, the city was built by German colonists called “Sachsen” (Saxons), who settled beginning with the 12th century, invited by the Hungarian King to secure the borders of just conquered Transylvania. They came allegedly from the ares of today’s Rheinland-Luxemburg. They built a chain of well-organized villages and city-fortresses, 7 of them more important, giving the German name of Transylvania – Siebenbürgen, i.e. “7 castles / fortresses”. Sighişoara was one of them. Today it is apparently the only inhabited original medieval citadel in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful towns in Romania. If you ask me, the most beautiful. The city was built on the top of a hill, surrounded by defense walls and towers. At the top, the most important buildings of a city – school and church. At the bottom, the city hall and houses.

Each defense tower was built and Read more of this post