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Old 03-27-2011, 01:42 PM   #46
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Sibiu - European Capital of Culture

A few years ago I promised Szidi that I will take her to the city of Nagyszeben(Sibiu), but every time we wanted to go, there was some last minute changes and we never made it.....until today.

So,we start the 2011 motorcycle year with a trip to Nagyszeben(Sibiu).

Nagyszeben(Sibiu) is one of the most important cultural centers of Romania, and was designated a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007. Formerly the center of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Nagyszeben(Sibiu) was ranked as "Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live".

In the world of bikers it's famous because of the RED BULL ROMANIACS. If you are wondering what is that, I can tell you that the RED BULL ROMANIACS is one of the toughest extreme motorcycle events on Planet Earth.

Now we don't ride to see the Romaniacs, we are interested in the ancient medieval part of Nagyszeben (Sibiu), in the heart of Transylvania.

We fuel up, check the air pressure and hit the road.




Testing my new GoPro Hero HD 1080p helmet cam



Entering Medgyes(Medias)



Landscape



Sibiu:



Panorama : The Small Square



The road under the Liars bridge



Szidi getting some information





You can always find Szidi at the souvenir shops





The Small Square and the Council Tower



Szidi on the Liars bridge



Spotting the Large Square of Nagyszeben(Sibiu)



Catholic church



Frank in the Small Square






Liars bridge



Windows



Liars bridge





Old courtyard



Evanghelical church







Szidi breaking in the wine cellar



Funny Gargoyle





Rooftops



The evanghelical church









Creepy Gargoyle



The Town Hall









Inside of the tower



View from the Council Tower



Top of the Council Tower



Transylvania -scenery



Spring carriage



It's getting late




Ride Safe!

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Old 04-09-2011, 08:54 PM   #47
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Wonderful pictures, simply wonderful.

I visited your blog, the trip to Rome, amazing again, thank you for sharing!
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:19 AM   #48
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Wonderful pictures, simply wonderful.

I visited your blog, the trip to Rome, amazing again, thank you for sharing!
Thank you!
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:31 PM   #49
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You guys (and gal) rule!

Looks like a ride of a lifetime! Really great stuff....

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:11 PM   #50
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Thanks for posting, great pictures! I visited Romania last year and was able to see Brasov, Sighisoara and Cluj but missed Sibiu. It looks really nice. I will have to go back again and see it some day.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:15 AM   #51
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Thank you all for the good words.....

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Old 04-19-2011, 08:31 AM   #52
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Romanian authorities really should be linking this thread to their tourism site. This series of photos is some of the best advertisement for visiting. (and much cooler than all the Dracula bullsh*t usually associated with Transylvania)
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:50 AM   #53
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Thank you, Iam just rideing my bike and makeing some shots, for refreshing the memories,the good times and of course to show you this part of the world.

You mentioned Dracula, last weekend I was riding in the Carpathians and I visited Dracula's Castle(Bran Castle) and a few more.... pictures to come soon....stay conected :)
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:19 AM   #54
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Beautiful lands, beautiful women... Hope I can visit one day
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:22 AM   #55
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Amazing country !!! I hope to visit there someday !!


Cheers, Dan
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:18 PM   #56
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Back to the Middle Ages - Transylvania

....as I promised here are some pictures from the last weekend...

This is a 3 day trip in Transylvania.We have a mini Easter holiday and how should we spend it, if not touring.

We want to explore some castles from the Middle Ages.

Destinations : Törcsvár(Bran) Castle maybe it's more familiar to you if I say the Draculas Castle,Szászkézd(Saschiz)Barcarozsnyó(Rasnov),Foga ras(Fagaras) Castle and the fortress on Hunyad(Hunedoara).

The route : Targu Mures - Saschiz - Brasov - Rasnov - Bran - Fagaras - Transalpina - Brezoi - Lake Vidra - Petrosani - Hunedoara - Alba Iulia - Targu Mures (approximately 800-900 km)

Day I

The first objective, the fortified church Szászkézd(Saschiz):



Pit stop before entering Brassó(Brasov)





Dracula's Castle - The Legend

"In 1897 Bram Stoker wrote a terrifying story about Count Dracula. A century after, there are still people who believe in it. Even researchers are trying to find out the truth about Dracula. All are trying to clear the mystery: was there or wasn't there a vampire in Transylvania?

How many of these fabulous stories are legends and how many say the truth ? Here is the legend about Dracula.

Stoker's story is based on the life of Vlad Tepes/Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476), a ruler revered by Romanians for standing up to the Ottoman Empire. Known as one of the most dreadful enemies of the Turks, Vlad started organizing the state and enforcing the law by applying death penalty and impaling all those he considered enemies: robbers, cunning priests, treacherous noblemen, beggars, usurper Saxons. In fact he fought against everybody who tried to replace him either by his step brother Vlad the Monk or by his cousin Dan the Young. The historians nicknamed him Vlad Tepes while people say he was Count Dracula because he used to sign with his father's name, Dracul "The Devil". Dracula is derived from the Romanian word for devil or dragon.

This word alone carries with it magic and mystery.

His castle is supposed to be Bran's Castle since its narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers easy to hide a "vampire".

The Dracula's Castle was built on the edge of the Bran Pass and nowadays lures guests worldwide who wish to partake in the legend of the Count Dracula."

Törcsvár (Bran) Castle - Dracula's Castle



Climbing to the castle







The interior







View from a balcony



The Legend















Next destination Fogaras(Fagaras)





JUST HANGING AROUND :P











Carpathian mountains





We find a good place for wild camping



It's cold in the night so we warm up at the fire





end of the first day...

......more to come.....

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Old 04-29-2011, 08:56 PM   #57
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Thanks for the treats!!

I sure hope I'll make it this year to cross Romania from the south, in 2009 I had to cancel my trip,.,

Fantastic scenery and roads!!
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:20 AM   #58
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hi guys.....nice report!!

i come over to romania in august this year...maybe we are crossing our ways somewhere.....would be cool!!

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Old 05-06-2011, 04:36 AM   #59
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no images

sure wish i could see the photos - maybe try a different image hosting service?
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:51 AM   #60
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Yeah, 5 stars on advrider can do that to your photobucket account...
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