Brasov, Romania

When I moved back to Romania, I knew one thing: I had had enough of the traffic and chaos of big cities. Don’t get me wrong, Toronto is an amazing city, but living there made me realize I’m more of a small city girl. Imagining that Bucharest was even more chaotic than Toronto, I wanted to stay away (although that didn’t last too long and I don’t regret my change of heart). I was considering moving to Brasov, a small city at the foot of the Carpathians, with its less than 300,000 inhabitants and intricate history written into every aspect of the city. I didn’t know much about it, before deciding to move there, so I went to walk around the town center on a warm autumn day. This is what I saw and the city won me over. Had you been in my place, would you have made the same decision?

 

 

Quaint Transylvanian Houses

I’ve already mentioned my love for the traditional Transylvanian villages, houses and big gates. Here are some of those typical Saxon-style houses. Hope you enjoy!

Village of Viscri (between Brasov and Sighisoara)

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Village of Crit (between Brasov and Sighisoara, near the village of Viscri)

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Fagaras and Beyond Day 2 – Sibiu

From Alba Iulia we headed back to Sibiu. And, I have a confession to make. While the rest of our group visited the main attractions, I visited my baby niece. So I only have a few pictures that are hardly representative of this amazing town I love so much. I promise to make it up to you and Sibiu the first chance I get.

Sibiu, like Sighisoara, is one of the seven fortresses built by the Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century. The old town still contains part of the the fortress walls, towers and squares. You can visit the Great Square, the Small Square, the Bridge of Lies and pass through the narrow Passage of Steps to go to the lower town, where traditional houses still stand.

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Fagaras and Beyond Day 1 – Viscri

From Sighisoara we headed towards Brasov. In the village Bunesti we took a right towards the village of Viscri.

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A village, like many others in this area, with a Saxon fortified church. Yet, unlike the many other such churches, this structure is part of UNESCO World Heritage, is often considered the most impressive of the churches in this area, and the Viscri village is the perfect place to stay a while. Many of the traditional Saxon houses and farms have been recently renovated, offering bed and breakfast type accommodation, renowned Romanian hospitality and delicious food made with locally grown produce. The church has also been renovated, offering a museum, a tour and a climb into the church tower. And if you’ve got your bike, there are bike paths over the rolling hills waiting for you to discover other picturesque villages.

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