Just before we arrived at La Despani Guesthouse, I noticed the car rental place where we have our booking for this morning. I knew it was quite close to the guesthouse, but it's almost right across the street!
So that's certainly convenient. Total coincidence in a city of 250,000 people that we chose a car rental place and a guesthouse that are only a two minute walk apart.
We got settled in our new room, and actually put things in the cupboards. We're going to be here for six nights, so might as well not live out of a suitcase, so to speak.
We'll show you pictures of the place another day.
Once we were settled, we walked to a grocery store to get some food for the next few days. There's a 24 hour shop close by, but we walked on to check out a bigger one and ended up getting everything but the booze there. That way we didn't have to carry it so far, and we figured we would pick it up on our way home later in the day.
By the time we got back with the groceries, it was lunchtime so we had something to eat before heading out to explore the old town of Brasov.
We set out walking, and headed straight for the citadel on the hill in the middle of town.
The Brasov Citadel.
Originally built of wood in 1524, the citadel walls were renovated to stone late in the 16th century. It's located on a hill, so walking around the exterior gives beautiful views in all directions. Unfortunately, the citadel is closed on the inside due to some kind of legal dispute that's been going on for almost two years.
View from the Citadel.
Thick exterior walls.
See the flag? It was a windy afternoon!
The blue sky and sunshine was wonderful! The temperature was about 17C (63F), but it was really windy. Still, a beautiful day and it was so nice to see the sun.
No, that's not the street address!
View of the modern section of Brasov.
From there, we walked down a path on the side of the hill towards the old town.
Some beautiful buildings near the central area.
Buna Vestire Orthodox Church overlooks Brasov's central park.
Playing chess in the park.
Nice free exercise equipment in the park.
Looking back at the Citadel from Brasov's central park.
The Brasov City Hall.
We wandered over to the pedestrian mall. Of course being such a beautiful Sunday, the people were out enjoying the day, as were we! It was busy, but it was fun to people watch.
The pedestrian street.
Lots of people in the central square.
Looking up to Tampa Hill where we hiked the other day.
The Brasov central square.
On the left side of the street above, we found a shop selling those prepackaged ice cream style popsicles. We each had a mint and chocolate one, and they cost 2 lei ($0.70 CAD, $0.52 USD) each. And so we went and stood in the sun and enjoyed our ice cream.
The "Black" church, so named because of a fire in the 1600's that blackened the walls.
The church was built between 1385 and 1476. It costs 9 lei ($3 CAD, $2.25 USD), to enter, but it had closed at 3:00pm. Don't think we would have gone inside anyhow. The pictures we saw of the inside didn't look that exciting.
Unfortunate that some areas of Brasov have been hit by graffiti criminals. Sorry, but anybody to does this to a historic building (or anywhere, for that matter!) is a criminal.
This is the building immediately behind the church in the central area. Nice, huh?
I can't for the life of me figure out why societies put up with this.
The Black Tower. Built as an observation tower outside the city walls.
A heavy rain in 1996 cause one of the sides to start to collapse, and it was renovated with a glass roof to prevent further deterioration.
We couldn't enter the tower, but from the front deck there is a beautiful view of the old town.
View of old town Brasov.
Depiction of old town Brasov and the wall around the town.
The steps leading down from the observation tower.
Part of the old wall.
Outside the old wall there is a walkway.
Ruth and an art car.
We've noticed several abandoned cars just sitting around with flat tires that have obviously been there for years. I guess someone decided to paint this one!
We had a good day.
On the way back home, we stopped in and bought some booze. Three 500 ml cans of good beer, a decent bottle of wine, and a small bottle of cider. Total cost was 20 lei ($7 CAD, $5 USD). So far, we really like Romania!
This morning, we pick up our rental car, and we're going out exploring. Hoping to have some beautiful pictures of Romanian countryside for you tomorrow!
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