18.06.2007 - 18.06.2007 29 °C
On Monday 2007/06/18 we rented our car : Skoda Octavia Wagon diesel 1.9 (40 €/day – 150 € deposit). Good deal considering that to rent a car in Romania is not as cheap as you can imagine, roads are bad and cars are broken quickly.
Comment: Lei is the Romanian currency (1 € = 3.25 lei). They changed recently, 2 years ago 1 € = 325000 lei !!
Well we took the car and started driving towards Sinaia. Driving in Romania is an adventure… roads are full of obstacles : thousands of carriages (they only have a few tractors , of course very old), lots of people just walking, selling, working… whatever. Roads are full of life and there are also lots of crazy drivers driving too fast in dangerous roads with lots of pot holes and irregular asphalt. However it's funny because you find a surprise every 100 m.
We drove for 2h and a half towards Sinaia. Just there we eat in a posh restaurant lost in the mountain where we found more Catalans!! It was a surprise because it was a remote place. They knew Romania really well and gave us good advices for our trip, a curious advice: 'take care with bears in Moldova', they had found a bear in the middle of the road two nights ago. Fortunately (or unfortunately) we didn't find bears during our trip. Bears and wolves are still living in Transylvania mountains. Some restaurants offer bear meat.
Sinaia is a famous sky resort with tourist and an occidental atmosphere. It's specially famous for Peles Castle.
Such castle was used by Romanian kings to have fun with their guests. Located in the middle of Transylvania is a really nice place.
The castle is big and very nice, a worthwhile visit in Romania. Unfortunately it's closed on Monday and we couldn't enter.
Another interesting visit in Sinaia is its monastery where you can find traditional monks.
After a few hours we left Sinai on Monday afternoon. Next step: Risnov.