Brasov – Romania

And we arrive in Brasov to a Hotel full of young people. The foyer even though huge, was full of them. We immediately knew that there must have been some big event happening in this Romanian city 103 miles North of Bucharest. (Yes we have passed our final city of our tour, but heading back after two nights stay). After getting our Hotel room numbers and passing heaps of young adults in the corridors as we locate our room, I decided to ask at the front desk why so many people were staying at the Hotel. Not only one but two big events! The Romanian Music Awards for 2014 were being held in the old town square this very night (our first night) and up the road a little further was a huge tent set up for Octoberfest. The town was buzzing and so were all the young people that had come here to attend either or both of the festivals. We were left wondering just how much sleep we were going to get? The town square was just behind the hotel!

The sign for Oktoberfest

The sign for Oktoberfest

The huge tent for Octoberfest

The huge tent for Oktoberfest

The tent was set up in an outdoor arena

The tent was set up in an outdoor arena

Romanian Music Awards Banner

Romanian Music Awards Banner

The water fountain in the town square with the Stage behind it

The water fountain in the town square with the Stage behind it

Look at those speakers! Facing in the direction of our Hotel :-)

Look at those speakers! Facing in the direction of our Hotel 🙂

And we did hear the music but it was actually okay. Apparently the top bands of all of Romania were at our hotel, and we saw them wander through the foyer when their turn to sing was getting closer. The girls were dressed up like it was not only the music awards but the fashion awards as well. We even had fans sitting in the foyer trying to get as many signatures as they possibly could. Later on in the evening as we were going up to bed we met one band member wandering from his room to another room in his boxers. I did get a little worried that the entertainment in the rooms late at night might be louder than the actual singing, but by 1.30am all seemed very quiet and we had a great sleep.

The next morning it was an early start to discover Brasov with our local guide. The whole town was sleeping except for the street cleaners. It was quite eerie, but we got some good photos of the old town without all the usual tourists.

Usually it would be so hard to get such an empty street

Usually it would be so hard to get such an empty street

Another empty street with fabulous buildings each side

Another empty street with fabulous buildings each side

Our tour group wandering through the old town square after the local guide

Our tour group wandering through the old town square after the local guide

I love taking photos of these fabulous  buildings

I love taking photos of these fabulous buildings

A side of the town square

A side of the town square

Look at the little windows on the roof

Look at the little windows on the roof

I really liked this pink building

I really liked this pink building

This is a great building as well

This is a great building as well

Can you find Robin?

Can you find Robin?

The Church beside the Town Square

The Church beside the Town Square

The lovely clock on the church

The lovely clock on the church

The Jewish church between the buildings

The Jewish church between the buildings

I think Brasov has seen too many Hollywood movies. They have their own sign way up on the hillside

I think Brasov has seen too many Hollywood movies. They have their own sign way up on the hillside

After our wander through the town, we all boarded the bus and went out to visit Bran Castle. I will do a separate post for the Castle as there are so many photos to share 🙂

The optional tour for the afternoon was to a place called Sighisoara. We had heard that the trip was worth it as the place was known as an enchanting medieval gem of a town. We looked up photos on the internet and although it did look a lovely place to see, we were bused out, and it was a three hour round trip. Our afternoon was spent by having a lovely leisurely lunch first…

Enjoyiny the lovely sunny day while we wait for our lunch

Enjoying the lovely sunny day while we wait for our lunch

And then we decided to walk to the Gondola and go to the top of the hill. We wanted to get to the Brasov sign!

Looking back to the Old town

Looking back to the Old town

Yes... We walked up that steep hill... and more!

Yes… We walked up that steep hill… and more!

Looking down on the city from the Gondola

Looking down on the city from the Gondola

The view from the top of the hill

The view from the top of the hill

Another direction! Fabulous view huh!

Another direction! Fabulous view huh!

And there is the sign!!!

And there is the sign!!!

The walkway behind the sign!

The walkway behind the sign!

And we are at the viewing platform

And we are at the viewing platform

And Judy too :-)

And Judy too 🙂

It was worth the walk both up to the Gondola and then from the Gondola station around to the sign.

That evening we all went to visit a traditional Transylvanian restaurant for an evening of delicious Romanian delicacies with music, dancing and wine. Our second to last evening together as a tour group.

The venue for our dinner

The venue for our dinner

The wonderful view of Brasov city

The wonderful view of Brasov city

Waiting to be welcomed into the Castle

Waiting to be welcomed into the Castle

Inside now and gathering in the courtyard :-)

Inside now and gathering in the courtyard 🙂

Seated and enjoying our entertainment, meal and time together relaxing

Seated and enjoying our entertainment, meal and time together relaxing

A fun photo of Judy and me :-)

A fun photo of Judy and me 🙂

Altogether another lovely day filled with wonderful memories! I love holidays 🙂

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One Response to “Brasov – Romania”

  1. Robin says:

    Loved Brasov, especially the views from the hill.

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