18th Aug 2009 - Romania
Transylvania - day two
Up at 0830 after a very average nights sleep. Free breakfast was ok.
Then off to explore Sighisoara for the morning. Went to the Clock Tower which also house a museum. It was built in the 13-14 century when the town was controlled by craft guilds - each of whom had to finance the construction of a bastion and defend it during wartime. After earthquakes and fires it was rebuilt in 1676. It was many flights of old narrow stairs up to the top but there were things to see on each landing which was a welcome breather. Sighisoara also the birthplace of a man (forget who) who invented the concept of the rocket and a space station in the early 1900's. Just found the name Hermann Oberth.
Went into the Monastery Church - quite a stark interior but peaceful. Also the church on the hill which was higher up founded in 1345 and finished in 1525 - up 175 steps thru a covered walkway - didnt do this due to workmen laying cobbles at the entrance. Each of these things to get into was 1-2 pounds.
Then headed back to the hotel to get my bag and walk back to the train station via a different and possibly longer way. Hot again. Brought a ticket to Sinaia having decided to bypass Brasov for another time. Train left at 1300 and was surprised to find myslef in an old style first class - no airconditioning and extremely hot and airless. Everybody was wilting so I did the only thing i could do and went to sleep. Then spent another 2 hours trying not to feel so hot. A 4 hr trip to Sinaia which is in the mountains and cooler although still warm.
Walked up he steps and hill from the train station and found the hotel I had decided to stay at - Caraiman Hotel - looked too expensive for what the book said but asked anyway and it was a pleasant 155 lei - much cheaper than the previous night. A big lovely plain roon with two single beds. Had a shower and put on clean clothes and headed out to walk thru the park and down the main street. It is a ski resort in winter and I loved it. The sort of place if you need a few days to unwind i would go to. Mountains, trees,not too big etc. Had an ok steak at a restaurant and back to my hotel via the park to watch some dreadfull TV and then to bed
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