History is right outside our door.
Transylvania Travel Blog› entry 179 of 251 › view all entries
August 1st, 2008 – by: cmgervais
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.
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 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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