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The last stop of today's tour is Sinaia with the Peles Castles. And it will be open today so I will actually get to go in and see the place. I get there and it is amazing - this is definitely the highlight of the entire day - I am really glad I ended up getting here in the end.

 

The outside of the castle is pretty like a bit of a fairytale castle but the inside is sooooo extravagant that you can hardly believe it. The inside is decorated with all sorts of expensive materials - be it the wood they choose, the marble or mother of Perl. This place is build around the turn of the 19th and 20th century and most have cost an obscene amount of money to build.

 

When you think about the living standard of the common people in Eastern Europe around this time you kind of understand why there where revolutionary movements going on in the workers class leading the road to the Russian revolution a few years later.

This use of resources for the royal family of a poor country is sort of offensive. Then I can't help to think about Ceau┼čescu he visited this place and where inspired to model a few of the halls in his Palace of the People (currently Palace of Parliament) after this place here. He also used an obscene amount of money in a period of time when his people lived in poverty - this also ended in a violent revolution the bloodiest revolution of the year 1989 in all of Eastern Europe.

 

Well this was indeed the highlight of the day and a very good last stop before heading back to Brasov. There is now a slow bus ride back - everything goes pretty slow on the Romanian country roads - even the main highway to Bucharest.

RACERUNNER28 says:
Hey! Glad to see you ended up enjoying your time there. I was actually born in Romania but raised in Canada myself- so I have been back there many times since. We also went to Peles Castle... and Pelisor; have you been to that one as well?

Anyways here's an interesting tidbit- Ceausescu actually wanted to take Peles Castle for himself while he ruled... obviously the people knew he was corrupt and they despised him, so somehow they convinced him that the wood inside (you know all the amazing wood carvings, etc) had an unknown dangerous fungus (or bacteria?) on it... so he decided to let it be.

I heard that when I went there and my family who all were raised there and know the history well confirmed... who knows. Ceausescu sounds not so bright anyways.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2008
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Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Courtyard at Peles Castle
Peles Castle
Peles Castle
Old lamp at Peles
Old lamp at Peles
The clocktower - an attempt of bei…
The clocktower - an attempt of be…
Telling time at the clock tower
Telling time at the clock tower
The main tower
The main tower
Looking back at Peles
Looking back at Peles
Pelisor courtyard
Pelisor courtyard
Pelisor courtyard
Pelisor courtyard
Pelisor courtyard
Pelisor courtyard
Peles Castle
Peles Castle
Peles Castle
Peles Castle
Sinaia
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