Sighisoara didn't have a stray dog problem like some other places in Romania. Instead it had some beautiful, well fed cats. This little kitten was so not hungry that it ignored the piece of cheese someone had given it, and was instead fascinated by a single scrap of paper. It would stalk the scrap like it was a mouse and then run away as soon as the breeze moved the paper. On the window ledge above, its mother watched over it protectively.
Sometimes the combination of the ordinary and extraordinary can make for some interesting pictures. In Sighisoara there was a convex traffic mirror designed to help drivers navigate around the citadel's tight, narrow streets. It also helped me to take some unusual pictures... well it gave me something to do after I had run out of things to see in the old town.
The houses, streets and market place inside the Castle bear the typical traces of a craftsmen's town. However, there are some houses which belonged to the rich patriciate, like the House with Antlers, the Venetian House (the Mayor's residence) and the Vlad Dracul House. The two churchers-the Church on trop of the Hill (14th century) and the Monastery Church (15th century) were both builit in the Gothic style, to which barowue elements were added later. Local craftsmen, painters and sculptors as well as famous Local craftsmen, painters and sculptors as well as famous one ones coming from Konisberg, Salzburg, Boemia and Tirol have used their skill in building these churches. The school, also built on top of the Castle Hill, was first documented in 1522, but is most likely older. Two centuries later the convered stairway with 176 stepts was made. The fact that good education was given here is proved by the 95 students from Sighisoara reading at the Universities of Vienna and Cracovia between 1402 and 1520.
Parts of the defensive towers can still be seen. The wall and the towers were raised, repaired and defended by the craftsmen's gulds and still bear their names, like the Transmithes, Goldsmithes, Locksmithes, Tinners, Tanners, Ropers, Butchers. The most oustanding among there towers is certainly the past and became a symbol of the town's autonomy, a privilege few towns of these times could claim. Council was held here up to 1556 and it sheltered the town's history troughout the ages. Most interesting are a surgery and a chemist's from the 17th century, the furniture of Maria Terezia's time and medieval weapons. Visitors also take much interest in the ancient alockwork as well as the figurines showing the days of the week. You should try to climb the the castle walls instead of going the normal touristic way. Go up the bushes near the castle walls and try to find a path that goes inside the castle. Adventurous and fun. The view it's fantastic and really worth it. No dangerous at all.
Cashing in on the Dracula connection
You can't blame people for trying to make a living. One woman had a life-sized cardboard cutout of Vlad Tepes and was charging people to stand next to it for a photo opportunity. Also, of course, there is the Casa Dracula Restaurant and a Dracula souvenir shop.
On the way to Sighisoara the train stops in several stops ..the guy sit in front of me talk me about dont miss out on that place...there was a gipsy neighbourhood with their buildings and their people... I guess it was Blaj that town, i have to say that i never get trouble with it and neither any trouble walking wherever with them, at all... it was simple curiosity