Just not a morning person

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The church tower

I have never thought of myself as a morning person and anybody who knows me would be very likely to agree on this point. There is no way I will get up in the morning unless I really have to. But this morning I want to get up early to catch a train to Brasov and get something out of the day. I go to the train station early. And I get on the train and sits down.

 

The trains take off and start to drive slowly. I sit down and try to relax for a while - but then I look out the window. Why do I have the early morning sun to my left when I am going north? It should be on my right in the east and not in the west. I start to find a map and look at it to check if the railway is doing some strange twist which would mean that I would be travelling south instead of north - no it don't look like it. Then I start to wonder which track did I actually arrive at yesterday - 1 or 2? Yep I went under the tracks yesterday - so I had to be track number two and this morning I rush into the train on track one.

The lower parts of the church
Great I am in the train towards Bucharest and not Brasov. I got to go on to the new station and get on a northbound train. After getting of the train I get my ticket and make sure I am actually going the right way this time around.

 

The train arrives and drives north - it is one of the unbelievable slow trains. Finally I get back to Sinaia train station - about 2-2½ after I got there in the first place - I would have been better of with a bit more sleep this morning I guess.

 

I get to Brasov - finally. And get a place to stay - the reason I wanted to get there early was so I could go to the Bran Castle and the Rasnov Fortress a short ride out of Brasov.

Looking from a window out at the courtyard
But when I get there I am told that I can get on a pretty cheap tour driving to those two places tomorrow and the Peles Castle. I decide to go for that option so instead of trying to get to the two places I go for a couple of fortified churches. There is almost 2 hours to the next train is leaving for the first church so I end up going in a cap instead - a bit against my intention of using only public transport but hey you need to compromise from time to time.

 

I get to the first church in Prejmer and it looks pretty familiar - even though I never have seen a fortified church before. It remain me of the fortified grannies in northern Libya, where the Berbers hid there supplies in case of war - and the design is almost the same - only the storage for the grains has been replaced by tiny housing units instead.

The housing part of the church
It could not be a nice place to stay for any prolonged period of time but for a short period during a siege it could work. The church was certainly easy to defend against all sorts of enemies with the thick round wall surrounding it and only on exit through a gate which were easy to seal of.

 

After having seen the place from the inside it is time to have a quick look around at the outside and the small village square in front of the church. It is actually a really nice little spot and I am the only tourist anywhere in sight which just makes it all so much better for it.

 

I am off to the next stop the another fortified church closer to Brasov in a tiny little village called Harman. It is a even less visited place and I got problem getting in the door to the church.

More housing
It is closed off and there is a small sign in Romanian and German stating the church is closed at Mondays. But it is not a Monday so why is it not open? Well it also says something like you can ask in the tower room or something like that - I open the door and a bells go of and a lady comes down and sells me a ticket for the sum of 2 Lei or less than a dollar - and she opens the gate. I am pretty sure I am the first guest all day hence the place is no way making any profit.

 

The church is nice, but not nearly as attractive as the first church in Prejmer. It is build in more or less the some shape though with a round wall protecting against enemies but there is not nearly as many housing units and the whole church is a lot worse maintained than the other one. Ah well I am here and there is no reason not to wander around the place when I am and look a bit closer at it - it is not like I am disturbing the other tourist in Romania.

 

And then it is finally time to head back to Brasov.

sylviandavid says:
I can't believe you noticed you were going the wrong way on the train.... I would have ridden on and on. ... Love this blog....
Posted on: Mar 26, 2008
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The church tower
The church tower
The lower parts of the church
The lower parts of the church
Looking from a window out at the c…
Looking from a window out at the …
The housing part of the church
The housing part of the church
More housing
More housing
The stairs leading up to the livin…
The stairs leading up to the livi…
One side of the houses
One side of the houses
The stairs leading up the wall
The stairs leading up the wall
The stairs leading up the wall
The stairs leading up the wall
The church in the centre of the pl…
The church in the centre of the p…
The housing units
The housing units
Lots and lots of stairs all over t…
Lots and lots of stairs all over …
The entrance
The entrance
Closer look at the entrance
Closer look at the entrance
The entrance to the church in Prej…
The entrance to the church in Pre…
The village square in Prejmer
The village square in Prejmer
Little church at the square in Pre…
Little church at the square in Pr…
Bigger church in Prejmer
Bigger church in Prejmer
The outside walls of the church ar…
The outside walls of the church a…
The outside walls of the church ar…
The outside walls of the church a…
Bigger church in Prejmer
Bigger church in Prejmer
The outside walls of the church ar…
The outside walls of the church a…
The outside walls of the church ar…
The outside walls of the church a…
Dirt roads in Prejmer - you see di…
Dirt roads in Prejmer - you see d…
Inside the church courtyard at Har…
Inside the church courtyard at Ha…
The church at Harmar
The church at Harmar
The church at Harmar from the outs…
The church at Harmar from the out…
The church at Harmar from the outs…
The church at Harmar from the out…
The church at Harmar from the outs…
The church at Harmar from the out…
The entrance to the church at Harm…
The entrance to the church at Har…
The housing at the church and a sm…
The housing at the church and a s…
More housing units at the wall
More housing units at the wall
More housing units at the wall
More housing units at the wall
More housing units at the wall
More housing units at the wall
The wall and a few of the towers
The wall and a few of the towers
The church
The church
Straigth in front of the entrance
Straigth in front of the entrance
Houses in Harmar
Houses in Harmar
Houses in Harmar
Houses in Harmar
Prejmer
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