Sun & ice, snow everywhere, freezing cold, but as beautiful as in the fairy tale! The road to climb the Râsnov fortress on the hill behind the little village of Râsnov is full of scenes like this, but they are the same all over the Brasov area, especially in the Poiana Brasov ski center, you can't escape dreamy frost scenes...
You may want to bring some spare nuts--oops, I mean spare cash--when you come. This is the local credit union. I don't know whether they would change your traveler's checks here, although there are certainly hotels and change booths to turn your hard-earned cash into Romanian lei. (Nuts are SO much easier!)
Sf. Nicolae (Saint Nicholas)
The facade is magnificent and my picture only begins to give you an idea of how wonderful it is. The church, Sf. Nicolae (Saint Nicholas) is over 500 years old and is beyond the center of town, in the Schei quarter. It's about a fifteen minute walk beyond the Schei gate (Poarta Schei).
There are least seven towers, each topped with an extraordinarily tall steeple. Your vision is constantly pulled heavenward. The interior is fairly plain, however, with Oriental carpets and dark frescoes. There are few windows but the iconostasis is bright silver and has an overwhelming amount of gold. One panel, an icon of Mary and the infant Jesus, appears to be wrought in solid silver, so polished that one is grateful for the low light. A photo of this icon is in my Photo Gallery and a fuller description of the church is in my travelogue.
It's a great little Bistro in Pta Enescu from the Old Town Center. The Service is great and the prices are not very high.The music is also very nice. I strongly recomend the Croque Madame, the Chicken Soup and Tiramisu.
Turabo Cafe is a franchise chain of fancy Romanian cafes. In 2007 they had 7 cafes all over the country, one of them in Brasov.
One morning we went to Turabo Cafe for a drink. It is located on the upper level of the shopping gallery "Galleriile Corona".
You can sit in comfy armchairs directly by the windows which are facing the Town Hall Square, so you will have an excellent view of what is happening outside.
They serve all sorts of coffee, beverages and cocktails. Snacks like salads, sandwiches and cakes are on the menu as well.
Unfortunately a hot chocolate was not available, so we decided to have black tea, which came with a small packet of honey.
With 6,50 RON (about 1,90 Euro, 2007) per tea it was about double the price than in other cafes. For western standards it is still relatively moderate, but for Romanian standards definitely expensive. However, the main reason to go here is the view of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).