Friday 5 October 2012 - Friday 5 October 2012
I had a bad dream that I was somewhat lost, driving around a strange country where no one could understand me in the dark. That wasn't a dream after all, that's what really happened. There was a couple of things I wanted to do while we were in Transylvania - one was to visit Bran castle (you know the Dracula place) and the other was to drive the Transfagarasan Road (voted best road in the WORLD by Top Gear to drive on). Only problem was this is tough to get to both in the same day. Even though places are close, it is slow getting through those previously mentioned towns. Bran Castle was interesting, but couldn't get a good picture of it. They must take the good ones from helicopters because the trees got into the way from all our angles. We took a walk through the narrow halls and staircases inside. Was okay but maybe expected a little more scare for my buck.
Now on to the good stuff, the Transfagarasan Road is as difficult to drive as it is to pronounce. Took some three hours to get there but I think was well worth it. This road is over a 100 kilometres of hairpin turns that twist through the Fagaras mountain range. Wish I had a little better car to drive it, would have liked to have scared Linda a little more than she already was. We only drove the north portion and went through the 1 km tunnel to the south side at the top of mountain. Our pictures don't do it justice; a great road to drive on.
Getting late, and we still had quite a drive to get back to our hotel. We had to get through Sibiu to turn off towards Medias. This is where the major problems started, as the road to Medias was closed due to construction. After talking to a few gas attendants we managed to get even more lost. We eventually found to a different route (on our own thank you) and got back to our hotel at about 10:00. Pretty tough driving in the dark but after navigating the Tranfagarasan it wasn't that bad! We both slept great after that exhausting day.