Working in the farm
In Romania, like other places in the world where the fool capitalism has still not arrived ,
the man is near the nature, not depending on the rush hour, not far from the beauty, not depending on the film on TV. But this is hard, too. For us is bucolic, for them is the life, day after day, year after year.......
The Hanul Domnesc is a former guest house originally dating back to the 17th century. Eventually anyone was allowed to stay there but from 1850 it was the hunting lodge of the Austrian Kaiser Franz Joseph. Nowadays, you find an excellent museum of folk art behind the thick walls.
Welcome to Suceava
We came to Suceava on our way from Cluj-Napoca to Chernivtsi in Ukraine. Make sure that you will visit the Moldavian monasteries from Suceava. Most of those outdoor and indoor wall painted churches are UNESCO protected.
Suceava itself was first mentioned in the 14th century when it was fortified by Petru I. Musat. It eventually became the capital of the Moldavian princes. During those times the town reached its peak. Once the capital was transferred to Iasiin 1565, everything went downhill. Under the Hungaro-Austrian rule it was just another provincial town. Today, Suceava is an industrial town with around 110000 inhabitants.
Nice place for trips around
This part i had actually planned on doing later (spring 2005) but i met a few nice people in Brasov in a hostel and they had plans to visit Suceava and the famous monasteries. So on a tuesday evening we took the night train for suceava where we did arrive at 6.30 in the morning. Luckily we had Monika waiting for us who took us to her hostel where we slept a while. Sleeping in an overheated train isn't that easy.
I haven't seen an awefull lot of Suceava city centre. The first day we ended up in a bar. The second day we picked up the car and when we brought it back, we ended up in the bar.... On friday i went to get milk with Sharon and monika's dad. And that is a whole different story.
I very much liked Suceava though. Not the city itself but the hostel is on teh outskirts and with teh cold frosty mornings and at that time still very nice and warm days i thoroughly enjoyed this place
Suceava to Brasov by train
"Working on the railroad"
There was one train from Suceava, all the way to Brasov - an 8 hour trip.
Good to see the guttering at the station being repaired by these 3 guys who are my candidates for the Romanian Workplace Safety office's 'See i still have 10 fingers' award.
The train set out initially on flat wide farmlands until it turned west into the hills
"Down in vineland"
Out of the flat wheatfields, we encountered little villages amongst the vines.
"Ploughing the old fashioned way"
Beside the tracks life continued much as it must have done for centuriues. Kids out of schools waved ant the train, and numerous folk were ploughing the fields by horsepower alone.
"Across the Carpathians"
The Carpathian mountain range snakes its way around Romania. Our destination of Brasov is located in the foothills. As we neared our destination, the country began to become less well tended.
"Fiddler on the Roof"
The farmsteads and villages were manicures, with wooden picket fences, sheep and cattle in the manicured green fields and pastures. Spring lambs bounded with their mothers, and I'd half expected to see a village of wooden cottages and Topol banging on about his lack of worldly possessions
"On to Brasov"
The train chugged its way over a pineclad pass, through a couple of long tunnels until we approached Brasov.