Judeţul Alba

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  • Day47

    Across the border

    August 12, 2018 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    By our superior smarts or blind luck , we left the major highway just before border and wound back thru small towns to a small border crossing with one guard, he sent us off the side and went into his shack and looked at vehicle registration and our passports after about ten minutes he came back to van stuck paperwork in the window and said bye bye. Off we went back to interstate, then after a bit this very nice interstate stopped at a mountain and the goat trail trek over the hill ensued , if u have never done it there is no possible way to describe driving over a mountain on a goat trail in an 18 foot van being pushed by the locals, no restrooms, u go flying by folks taking care business on roads edge, what a ride, we made it over and back on interstate needed a break, pic is from porch were we stopped for lunch. All I thought going over the mountain (I drove) was oh my gosh we gotta do this again in 13 days. On to the next goat trail we go. Lunch picture chicken with mushrooms, mushrooms, and fries with homemade bread, I keep getting biggerRead more

  • Day15

    Transsilvanien 4

    September 29, 2018 in Romania ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Gegen Mittag verabschiede ich mich von Käthy.
    Die Empfehlung für einen guten Campingplatz und die Wetterprognosen verleiten mich dazu in die Zentralkarpaten zu fahren.
    Als erstes enttäuschten mich die Wetterprognosen und als zweites der Campingplatz. Auf der suche nach Alternativen landete ich schliesslich bei einer Pension eines Rumänisch stammenden Östereichers. Warmes Bett war also gesichert und essen gabs was grad auf dem Herd war.
    Einmal mehr, wenn man denkt es kann nicht Schlimmer kommen wendet sich alles zum Guten.
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  • Day560

    Day 561: Fortified Churches

    August 29, 2018 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today's WHS was the Fortified Churches of Transylvania. These are, well, fortified churches. During the middle ages the people of this area were sort of stuck between great powers - Holy Roman Empire to the west, Ottomans to the east, and Russians to the north. And because they weren't wealthy, they couldn't afford to fortify their towns so instead they did the next best thing - fortify the biggest and most important building in town, the church.

    There's about 8 of these fortified churches on the list, so we spent the day driving around to three different ones in Transylvania. All were interesting and in various stages of preservation, usually just a small church surrounded by a high wall. There were also some storage-type buildings so that the inhabitants could wait out a siege.

    Also got an insight into small village Romanian life - very rural and agricultural! Lots of horses and carts on the road. Ended up for the night in the town of Sighisoara where we'll have a look around tomorrow!
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  • Day4

    With sun in my back

    June 24, 2018 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Having spent most of the day in Sebeș, recharging, in the late afternoon I moved on. So much excitement about sleeping wherever I see a nice view.
    And that feeling of freedom when you can decide you wanna stop here, move 20 m from the road and call it a day!
    Every new night spent under the open sky increases our comfort zone.Read more

  • Day4

    The land of fortified churches

    June 24, 2018 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    If we fast forward from the previous wooden church in Hunedoara county to town of Sebeș in Alba county (both of them in Transylvania), we start seeing more Protestant churches (of which fortified churches are a local specialty). This is the Protestant graveyard.

    All the fortified churches #acrossRomania were built by Saxons, who initially came to Transylvania to defend the borders of the Holy Roman Empire (German empire from back in the day) from the East in the 13th century and they kept coming throughout later centuries as well.

    As all the empires ultimately fell apart (the last one controlling Transylvania was Austrian-Hungarian empire), local Germans and Hungarians found themselves encircled in the middle of Romania, where many of them still live.
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  • Day5

    Ol doge go 2 heaven. Well, most of them.

    June 25, 2018 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    "See, not all of us are viciously after the cyclists #acrossRomania. At least not when you hop off the bike. Now, is that a sausage-phone?"

    Now, on a more serious topic, the sheer number of fortified churches #acrossRomania can be seen on this map. 7 of them are on the UNESCO's heritage list.

    And around Saxon churches, Saxon people built Saxon houses and ornated them in a distinguishable fashion. This detail is at the eye level, for every passerby to notice it.

    On an unrelated note, I believe that most people are inherently good, regardless of their financial or social status.
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Judeţul Alba, Judetul Alba

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