Thursday 4 October 2012 - Thursday 4 October 2012
Picked up the car at the airport at about 10:00 without any hassles and headed out to Sighisoara. Took about three hours to get here, stopping at a few towns along the way. Every little town has some kind of historical monument, often fortified churches with big castle walls surrounding them; most dating back to the 1200's or earlier. There is a new town every few kms or so, which makes driving a little slow. Some things we have to avoid in the towns are people driving horse carts (very common), cows, sheep, dogs, pigs and other various animals. It's a huge difference between the cities and towns, the cities for the most part are quite modern and 21st century. The towns have been stuck in 16th or 17th century it seems, with people still working the land by hand with their horses and carts. Mostly dressed in traditional Romanian clothes. Very interesting to see, but couldn't imagine myself working that hard. After making it into Sighisoara found a great hotel to stay at, Hotel Korona. This is the nicest place we've stayed at so far on this trip. We walked to the Citadel Complex which was close to the hotel. This place was just great with many of the buildings still as they were over 700 years ago. Took some amazing pictures walking inside the walls of this complex. It's located atop a hill and still has a working clock tower and many of the 14 towers inside are still standing. Even though this is a world heritage site, people still live inside the complex which is really neat! Linda and I both agree this is one of the best historical place we've seen yet!