Targu Neamt to Câmpulung Moldovenesc

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We had delayed our departure this morning as the citadel was advertised as opening at 1000hrs. The breakfast was another effort in putting a pin in the menu. The bread was mouldy but that's ok, David and I are going to avoid eating bread to see if our tummy issues improve.

We packed the car and walked to the enterance of the road to the citadel, only to be turned back by workers. The citadel is under renovation. How did we guess? The sign stated that it should have been finished by 5th Sept 2008, but no. Grr, If we had known this, we would have have gone earlier to get going, and make an effort for the mountains and Vişeu De Sus.

In Suceava, we did find the citadel quite easily. This was well marked with signs. The weather had come out all warm and sunny. David spent a happy hour snapping away. The City of Residence Citadel was built in 1388. It held off a lot of enemies until 1675 when it was blown up by the Turks. Ot also has a great view of the city.
The toilet there is past purid and I would advise anyone to hold on to Maccas.

Popped into Maccas to use the free wi-fi but were unable to log in, so we gave up and drove on.

David saw a sign to Dragomirna and took us to a monastry. The nuns here were not interesting in us and no one took our admition money. The church was locked so we could not leave a donation either. The monastry was founded in 1608-9 and was inhabited during the communist era as it was the founder's dying wish that his monatry should have prayers said in it every day. Some elderly nuns (7) risked their lives to fulfil this wish.
Our next stop was one of the painted monastries, this one at Humor. This church is painted in Red and brown colours and founded in 1530. No one at the gate to take our money so we entered and climbed the tower for an aerial view. The tower has 3 levels and a traditional Moldavian porch. As LP states, the stairs to the 3rd level get smaller and smaller until you are squeezing through a stair tunnel. This tower was the first of its kind built in Bucovina.

The external paintings on the church date from 1535. This church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and so the frescos on one side are decicated to her. The nun at the gate turned up but had to be co-erced into taking money. She and I agreed on the purchase of a book about all the churches in this area for the same cost as the entry. Win-win :) She seemed relieved.

Back to the car and a man approached us in the car park waving a 50RON note. I have a theory that he was asking for change but we do not often carry that much money let alone in small notes.

David thought that we should see another Painted Monastry as the next one was close to Humor. Vorneţ (Vornets) Monastry is painted in Blue colours. David and I noticed that as these orthodox churches face east, the northern walls get blasted with winter winds. This north face was almost completly erased. This church was guarded at the door :) These painted churches are lovely, whether you be christian, or not, I would urge anyone to see these if you miss a lot of other churches. You can read these stories on these wall just like a comic book. The western wall of this church shows the last judgement.

From here, we we had a plan of making it across the mountains to Visus de Sus but there was a lot of roadwork and we only made it to Câmpulung Moldovenesc. It was 1600hrs now and the sun was setting so we stopped here at the Hotel Cosmos. This is our second Hotel Cosmos, the last was last year in Moscow. The lady said she had only one room left on the 4th floor but the 4th floor has not internet. Only floors 1-3 have internet. She then said there may be another room, on te 1st floor but we would have to wait an hour or two. We were happy with that so we set up camp in the lobby. This seems to spur the receptionist into action and she found another room so we could stop cluttering the lobby. LOL

The receptionist stuffed up the credit card transaction, but as it was signed on our receipt, and their receipt was signed, I assume they got the money. Not our problem not, they have a Banca Transylvania machine and we have been double charged twice using their machines so I was not inclined to put our card in again. David has to check his transactions in the morning. **Shrug** Dinner here was fun. The waiters fell over themselves to help :)
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We had delayed our departure this morning as the citadel was advertised as opening at 1000hrs. The breakfast was another effort in putting a pin in the menu. The bread was mouldy but that's ok, David and I are going to avoid eating bread to see if our tummy issues improve.

We packed the car and walked to the enterance of the road to the citadel, only to be turned back by workers. The citadel is under renovation. How did we guess? The sign stated that it should have been finished by 5th Sept 2008, but no. Grr, If we had known this, we would have have gone earlier to get going, and make an effort for the mountains and Vişeu De Sus.

In Suceava, we did find the citadel quite easily. This was well marked with signs. The weather had come out all warm and sunny. David spent a happy hour snapping away. The City of Residence Citadel was built in 1388. It held off a lot of enemies until 1675 when it was blown up by the Turks. Ot also has a great view of the city.
The toilet there is past purid and I would advise anyone to hold on to Maccas.

Popped into Maccas to use the free wi-fi but were unable to log in, so we gave up and drove on.

David saw a sign to Dragomirna and took us to a monastry. The nuns here were not interesting in us and no one took our admition money. The church was locked so we could not leave a donation either. The monastry was founded in 1608-9 and was inhabited during the communist era as it was the founder's dying wish that his monatry should have prayers said in it every day. Some elderly nuns (7) risked their lives to fulfil this wish.
Our next stop was one of the painted monastries, this one at Humor. This church is painted in Red and brown colours and founded in 1530. No one at the gate to take our money so we entered and climbed the tower for an aerial view. The tower has 3 levels and a traditional Moldavian porch. As LP states, the stairs to the 3rd level get smaller and smaller until you are squeezing through a stair tunnel. This tower was the first of its kind built in Bucovina.

The external paintings on the church date from 1535. This church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and so the frescos on one side are decicated to her. The nun at the gate turned up but had to be co-erced into taking money. She and I agreed on the purchase of a book about all the churches in this area for the same cost as the entry. Win-win :) She seemed relieved.

Back to the car and a man approached us in the car park waving a 50RON note. I have a theory that he was asking for change but we do not often carry that much money let alone in small notes.

David thought that we should see another Painted Monastry as the next one was close to Humor. Vorneţ (Vornets) Monastry is painted in Blue colours. David and I noticed that as these orthodox churches face east, the northern walls get blasted with winter winds. This north face was almost completly erased. This church was guarded at the door :) These painted churches are lovely, whether you be christian, or not, I would urge anyone to see these if you miss a lot of other churches. You can read these stories on these wall just like a comic book. The western wall of this church shows the last judgement.

From here, we we had a plan of making it across the mountains to Visus de Sus but there was a lot of roadwork and we only made it to Câmpulung Moldovenesc. It was 1600hrs now and the sun was setting so we stopped here at the Hotel Cosmos. This is our second Hotel Cosmos, the last was last year in Moscow. The lady said she had only one room left on the 4th floor but the 4th floor has not internet. Only floors 1-3 have internet. She then said there may be another room, on te 1st floor but we would have to wait an hour or two. We were happy with that so we set up camp in the lobby. This seems to spur the receptionist into action and she found another room so we could stop cluttering the lobby. LOL

The receptionist stuffed up the credit card transaction, but as it was signed on our receipt, and their receipt was signed, I assume they got the money. Not our problem not, they have a Banca Transylvania machine and we have been double charged twice using their machines so I was not inclined to put our card in again. David has to check his transactions in the morning. **Shrug** Dinner here was fun. The waiters fell over themselves to help :)
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