Almost a month since I last posted, so I better get with it as we have seen a lot of country since I last blogged. Romania...is like stepping back in time. The countryside is beautiful and you see the Romanian farmers still using horse and wagon, stoking hay by hand. At the same time you see the kids walking down the streets, head down, texting. So it is a real mix of the modern and the old. People are warm and friendly and most speak a passable amount of english. There are many highlights..Glen drove down the Transalpina highway and I drove up it...what an experience....crazy twisty, high alpine road with beautiful views and countryside. Then we proceeded to do the Transfargarasen highway as well...very similar experience. We visited Brasov, Cluj, Sibiu..Peles Castle which was beautiful and well worth the entrance fee. We visited Bran Castle as well (Dracula's Castle) and it was interesting but I enjoyed Peles more. We toured the wooden churches in the Maramures area and on Sunday the local Romanians in this area dress up in native Romanian dress to attend church...very neat to see...ladies in their white blouses, colorful skirts with crinolines and matching head scarves...both young and old dress for church. All in all, Romanian was a pleasant surprise and strongly recommend people visit if they can.
Next we were off to Hungary, which as soon as you cross the border, you can see that Hungary is more prosperous than Romania. Lots of quaint towns and small cities...Debrecen was the first city we visited and it had a very nice town square and central area. Off to Budapest...what can I say..it is a gorgeous city and we did a free walking tour with a young Hungarian guide which was great. We stayed right up near the Citadel and walked there in the evening. Could see all the lights of Budapest, in addition to the Citadel being lit up at night as well. Other places we visited that were great and I recommend visiting are Pecs, Veszprem, Szentendre and Tihany. Again we met great people
Next came Slovakia...we met some great people