Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sighisoara

A couple of slow morning trains and we are settled in the Sighisoara Citadel by noon. There are more tourists than locals up here in the citadel but in the Lower Town we find a good auto-service restaurant and John gets a nifty 10 lei ($3 US) haircut.

Sighisoara is the third leg of our Transylvania Saxon Villages triangle (with Brasov and Sibiu) and we are becoming well versed in fortified churches and towns.

The folks at the tourist office (Info Point) are very knowledgeable and we made successful excursions to Biertan and the Breite Plateau. The fortified Lutheran church at Biertan is very cool. It's at least 500 years old and is still in use; does not seem like a museum at all; just a bit dusty. In fact when we were there the organist walked in and began rehearsing pieces for the Sunday service.

Changing trains in Medias.


A tasty lunch of typical meatless Romania cuisine: cabbage and egg soup, fried breaded cheese, potatoes, slaw, and a basket of bread.
Sighisoara, Romania

The breaded and fried cheese is called "caşcaval pane" and is made with a kind of Romanian cheese called caşcaval.
Caşcaval Pane - Sighisoara, Romania

The Clock Tower guards the main entrance to the Sighisoara Old Town.
Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara, Romania

These covered stairs lead from the main square up to the school and "Church on the Hill".
Sighisoara, Romania

One of the guard towers.
Sighisoara, Romania

The "Big Church".
Sighisoara, Romania

The Lower Town.
Sighisoara, Romania

Synagogue in Lower Town.
Sighisoara, Romania

Main Square at night.
Sighisoara, Romania

Clock Tower at night.
Sighisoara, Romania

Sun-Ling's favorite tower at night.
Sighisoara, Romania

On our outing to Biertan we first rode the train to Dumbraveni, walked to Saros pe Tarnave, walked and hitched to Biertan, then hitched back to Sighisoara

On the train, we saw some track laying action.


Biertan Fortified Church.
Biertan, Romania

Biertan, Romania

Biertan, Romania

Biertan, Romania

28 paneled altar piece.
Biertan, Romania

The Sacistry door.
Biertan, Romania

Organ music.


On our outing to Breite Plateau we heard the call of the Cuckoo signalling that Spring is here.


Old oak trees.
Sighisoara, Romania

A friendly sheep dog for a change but SL does NOT drop her stick.
Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara, Romania

The oldest and largest oak.
Sighisoara, Romania

Looking back to Sighisoara as we descend from Breite Plateau. The citadel is at left.
Sighisoara, Romania


1 comment:

Crash Eddy said...

So graphic "artists" tag trains in Romania, too? We'll be in NYC for Sierra Club volunteering end of May. Have been appreciative how clean the NYC subway cars are, must've discovered some chemical that washes off the tagging every night.