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Traditional Folk Civilization Museum. (Steve hates it when I make him do things like this.)
We learned belatedly of a gargantuan construction project between Sibiu and Brasov and spent FOUR HOURS driving the 140 kilometers (85 miles) between the two cities. Stop. Go a mile. Stop. Stop. Go. No. fun. at. all. It has been going on for over three years and doesn’t appear to be close to being completed. Road trippers: save time and go the long way through Sighisoara instead!  

But before leaving Sibui this morning, we stopped at the Traditional Folk Civilization Museum just outside the town. This is a huge park filled with old-style dwellings, farm implements, wagons, windmills, oil presses, tools…you name it.
Dramatic clouds over Brasov.
The entrance fee was 15 lei per person (about $7), and then they charged another 5 lei for taking pictures. When I asked for a map, she charged me 3 lei for that too! I drew the line at 1 lei for the bathroom, instead using the cafe bathroom (free :^)

Steve liked the museum pretty well, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. There were no live demonstrations…just tools and empty buildings. I had no what I was looking at half the time since the signs were in Romanian. But it was a gorgeous day, and I enjoyed the walk around the park, even if I didn’t find the exhibits very interesting.

So then we had that excrutiating drive I mentioned earlier, and here we are now in the town of Brasov. Like Sibui, Brasov was once populated with Germans, who left their mark in the architecture. Until the 1800s, Romanians weren’t allowed to live in the town center (they had their own neighborhood just outside the wall).
Our apartment in Brasov. Small door but high ceilings.
Today, the population is primarily ethnic-Hungarian. (Steve is looking forward to some Hungarian stew!)

Our apartment is one of three at Casa Rozelar, a huge renovated home in the historic center of town. I think the wooden stairs we climb to get to our place are about 500 years old (and definitely showing their age)! We are right in the middle of history here…it’s a wonderful place in a great location. We will stay here four nights, but when I saw the place I immediately felt regret and thought…OH now I want to stay longer. That happens a lot.

We got settled and explored our area just a little bit, finding groceries (we have a small kitchen) and getting the lay of the land. Our big Friday night out was right around the corner at an Irish pub called Deane’s, where live big band-style music plays every Friday but this one (the band leader is on vacation!)  So there was no music, and the food was terrible (I had a really wet salad and Steve had a plain dry hamburger that was served without any sides at all), but the Guinness was absolute perfection.

Tomorrow’s plan: finish up some bookings for Croatia, and go on a walking tour of Brasov to get a closer look at the history that surrounds us!

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Traditional Folk Civilization Muse…
Traditional Folk Civilization Mus…
Dramatic clouds over Brasov.
Dramatic clouds over Brasov.
Our apartment in Brasov. Small doo…
Our apartment in Brasov. Small do…
Every shape and size of wagon at t…
Every shape and size of wagon at …
Traditional Folk Civilization Muse…
Traditional Folk Civilization Mus…
Theres an interesting twist on th…
There's an interesting twist on t…
A water mill with no water. Tradit…
A water mill with no water. Tradi…
Knock knock!
Knock knock!
I made a friend. Traditional Folk …
I made a friend. Traditional Folk…
Hes cute!
He's cute!
Traditional Folk Civilization Muse…
Traditional Folk Civilization Mus…
Thats a lot of roof. An old dweli…
That's a lot of roof. An old dwel…
Another mill at the Traditional Fo…
Another mill at the Traditional F…
Steve at the Traditional Folk Civi…
Steve at the Traditional Folk Civ…
Pretty window boxes. Traditional F…
Pretty window boxes. Traditional …
Catching a ride.
Catching a ride.
Brasovs Hollywood-style sign.
Brasov's Hollywood-style sign.
Our apartment in Brasov.
Our apartment in Brasov.
Our apartment in Brasov has a wee …
Our apartment in Brasov has a wee…
Some reeeeally old stairs leading …
Some reeeeally old stairs leading…
Brasov cafe scene.
Brasov cafe scene.
My Guinness is wearing a smile...
My Guinness is wearing a smile...
(and so am I).
(and so am I).
Transylvania
photo by: Marius1981