So the first thing we did was to go to a Romanian gas station for the first time.
We had done a lot of driving over the four days that we had the car, and yet the fuel gauge still read just under half a tank. And so, I had figured that it was either a really big fuel tank, or the car was extremely fuel efficient.
It turned out to be a combination of the two.
It took 36.1 litres (9.6 gallons) to refill the tank. That cost 184 lei ($62.70 CAD, $46 USD).
This car we had is rated at 4.6 l/100 kms (51 mpg) and I would say that's pretty accurate! Great fuel mileage!
Turned out it was easy to fill the car. The attendant came out, I pointed at the type of fuel I wanted, he asked "full"?, and I nodded my head. Simple.
Next up was to find a car wash. Our host at the guesthouse had given us directions to one nearby and we went there. You pull your car in, and a guy washes it. They do a good job, including cleaning the interior floor mats. Including the tip, the cost was 17 lei ($6.46 CAD, $4.35 USD).
With that done, we went back to the car rental place, conveniently located right across the street from the guesthouse. We had used a Romanian company at http://rentacarbrasov.ro/. They were good to deal with, but there sure was a lot of paperwork. The girl came out and inspected the car, and we went back inside where she refunded our 400 Euro deposit.
Done deal, and we're glad we had a car for the four days. We'll probably rent again as our journey here continues.
We went back to the guesthouse for the rest of the morning and relaxed and had some lunch. After lunch, we walked to the bus station at the end of the road and figured out how to take a local bus to nearby Râşnov (pop 15,000).
It was easy, and the bus driver came by to collect the fare which was only 4 lei ($1.35 CAD, $1 USD) each for the 20 km (12 mile) trip.
The main street in Râşnov.
As you can see in the photo above, Râşnov also has a citadel. It is fully restored, and a popular tourist attraction high above town. It is said to have been built between 1211 and 1225.
We headed that way.
The central plaza in Râşnov.
Some of you have mentioned about the lack of people. Yes, it's low season for tourism in Romania, and it's a Friday. And despite it being a nice sunny day, it was a little bit chilly, but there was no wind.
Most people are probably working, I guess.
The "cable lift".
This lift looked very new, but it was closed while we were there. We wouldn't have taken it anyhow, preferring the exercise we get from climbing up ourselves.
So, in typical Kevin and Ruth style, we headed up the stairs!
A view at the top.
There was another view at the top looking back towards town, but I didn't take a photo, figuring that we would get a view from the platform inside the citadel wall.
This is where the top of the stairs ended.
A kitty enjoying the sun.
We got to the entrance gate and it was a zoo of people. Mostly children, and a few adults, but there was a lineup to get tickets. We decided against spending the 12 lei ($4.08 CAD, $2.95 USD) each ticket price. Not because of the money, but because we had done two different citadels yesterday and had been the only ones there. We didn't look forward to seeing it with a bunch of people running around, so we decided to go for a hike instead.
So I never did get a photo looking back towards town.
We made it to a marked trail that looked to wind it's way through the forest about 3 kms (1.8 miles) before heading back to the far end of town.
Only problem was that they've had a lot of rain in this area the last few days, and the trail was very muddy. We persevered though, and after trying various options walking beside the path, and through the forest, we managed to get through.
Ruth in the forest.
But, we took one wrong turn. I was trying to follow the trail on the GPS map on the iPhone, but we were slightly off course...
Here's where we ended up! No more trail!
But we found our way through, and sure enough we came out on the other side of town.
Another old church.
We walked back through the central plaza and to the bus stop where we had gotten off the bus earlier. As we were waiting for the bus, a car drove up behind us and honked it's horn. We turned around, and the older guy driving was waiving us over, asking "Brasov?". There was a younger guy in the front seat, and a younger girl in the back seat. We quickly figured out that the guy was offering us a ride to Brasov.
So we hopped in the back!
The younger girl in the back spoke some English, but the older jovial guy driving spoke none. He was laughing and joking though, and we got across to him that we were from Canada. He laughed again and said that he's a "Polack". Too funny.
We watched as two others got out and paid him the same price that we had paid for the bus. I guess this is just a private driver who takes people back and forth between Râşnov and Brasov.
He asked if we wanted to go the the central area, but we told him we wanted bus station number 2. Amazing how we could communicate like this after only 10 days in Romania!
He dropped us near the bus station and we paid him 10 lei ($3.40 CAD, $2.50 USD).
Another great day in Romania!
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