There had been some snow flurries early this morning, and it was gradually getting worse. By the time we left at about 11:15am, it was actually snowing quite heavily!
Fortunately, our guest house host Daniel offered to drive us to the train station where we were meeting the driver.
Oh, and we can't say enough good things about La Despani Guesthouse in Brasov. Daniel and his wife Anu really make sure their guests are well looked after. It's not a five star resort, but it is excellent value for your money.
There are only four rooms in the guesthouse, so it's never crowded.
Our private bathroom.
The well equipped kitchen.
The common room.
For four nights of our one week stay, we were the only ones there. It's only busy on weekends at this time of year, despite it's #1 rating on tripadvisor. It felt like we had a big house all to ourselves!
Excellent value for the 125 lei ($41 CAD, $31 USD) per night cost.
View from the porch of La Despani as we were leaving.
Looking back at the guesthouse.
Thanks Daniel and Anu...we totally enjoyed our stay!
Daniel drove us to the train station. The snow was really coming down, and the wind had picked up. We used our phone to call the driver, and Johny answered right away saying he had just pulled in. Funny enough, he was right across from us! The internet is amazing, isn't it? We book a ride with a guy we've never met before, and there we were...right beside each other!
We headed out of the city. Traffic was slow because of the road conditions.
Yikes. It's turning into a blizzard.
Check out the poor girl waiting for the bus!
Once we got on the highway, traffic slowed to a crawl. Sure enough, there was a car off the road up ahead.
Glad I wasn't driving. Johnny said that he put his snow tires on just yesterday, and you could tell that many people hadn't.
Making small talk, we learned that Johnny is in the Romanian military. 32 years old, and had been in Afghanistan for a tour of duty. He reminded me of Dolph Lundgren when he was in the Rocky movie. Big guy, in great shape. He also reminded me of the type of guy who was specially trained in the military. Like some kind of special forces guy.
And what a driver.
He was in a rush, and was pretty aggressive. Considering the conditions, he was passing people whenever he could. But for some reason, I had total confidence in him. Almost like he had been trained for this type of driving.
When we got there, I told Ruth she could open her eyes! What an adventure!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
By the time we got to Sibiu, the snow was starting to taper off.
But it was still very windy, with the temperature just below freezing. It felt much colder!
He dropped us off at a downtown hotel where we were to meet our AirBnb host. We paid him the 40 lei ($13.50 CAD, $10 USD) agreed upon fee, and struggled into the lobby, glad to be out of the wind. I sent a message to Andrei, our AirBnb host, and he met us there about 10 minutes later. We walked about two minutes from there to his apartment.
We got ourselves settled, but didn't have much time because we wanted to see old Sibiu and we're only here for one night. We bundled up with all the outerwear and sweaters that we brought, and Andrei walked to the downtown with us, only about 10 minutes away. Along the way, he pointed out the bus stops and even bought our tickets for us for today's ride on the Sibiu local bus.
City bus here in Sibiu is very cheap...only 2 lei ($0.68 CAD, $0.50 USD) per ride. We will need to take the city bus from here to the long distance bus station around noon today.
Sibiu old town.
They didn't get as much snow here as there had been on our drive.
We made our way to the Council Tower where Andrei said that we could climb to the top for a view. And it cost only 2 lei each for that as well. There are several different displays on some of the floors along the way...
Here's Ruth, doing her best "Game of Thrones" impression.
Nice view of Sibiu.
Sibiu, with the sun trying to break through in the distance.
We wandered around, and stopped in to some of the old town churches.
The Council Tower, built between 1224 and 1241.
The clock mechanism was installed in 1494, and was built by a Swiss company. It still keeps perfect time today.
The Evangelical Cathedral.
It has a beautiful pipe organ.
It costs 5 lei each to go in the Evangelical cathedral. It's a big structure, and we thought the interior might be interesting, but other than the pipe organ, it's not the best. Better to go inside the Orthodox church or the Lutheran church, both of which are free.
The Evangelical Cathedral in Sibiu.
What they call "lower town".
The stairs to "upper town"
Stained glass in the Orthodox church.
We were getting hungry, and we decide it was easiest to go out for dinner again. Andrei didn't join us, but he led us to a good Romanian restaurant where we had a good meal.
I had cabbage rolls and polenta.
Ruth had fish.
And we shared a delicious bowl of vegetable soup before our meals arrived, just to warm us up!
Total cost, including a litre of house wine and the tip was 93 lei ($31.50 CAD, $23 USD) for the two of us.
We're going out for a walk this morning again, but we'll be taking the bus (about an hour's ride) to Alba Iulia this afternoon. Temperature at 9:00am Monday morning is around freezing, but the wind has disappeared. Supposed to warm up as the week goes along.
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