Day 4 – Bucharest and Sinaia

This morning enjoy a visit to the authentic Romania, a real “village”.

Village Museum is really a ‘park’, an open-air ethnographic museum, displaying almost 300 authentic dwellings from different parts of Romania. You can admire here original houses, farmsteads, windmills, watermills and churches brought from all of Romania’s historic regions: Transylvania, Oltenia, Dobrogea and Moldavia. Most of them date from mid 19th century, but there are some dating from as early as 1775. It really shows you how Romanians have lived since ancient times- everything from the authentic looking houses to the handmade clothing pieces or the wells and the gorgeous green grass.

It’s an easy walking through the old rural Romania.

You could check their website, although it is written in Romanian only. However, on the right side of the page you could access a Virtual Tour of the site (or, click here).

This visit is taking a couple of hours and a professional guide will also give you fascinating details and it will answer your questions.

Now it’s lunch time. We’ll have lunch together and then we’ll drive towards the mountains.

We’ll head towards Prahova Valley (in Romanian: Valea Prahovei), one of the most picturesque, most famous and well-known touristic regions of the Carpathian mountains of Romania.

You can find it on Google Maps here.

 

Along the road, in the mountains, there are many “rustic malls” where one can buy specific Romanian souvenirs.

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Sinaia is one of the main cities along the Prahova Valley.

 

The first habitants here were the monks of the Sinaia Monastery, who built the abbey on 1690 and named it after Mountain Sinai from Egypt. Later, Sinaia was chosen as royal residence by King Carol I (1866-1914), who built here The Peles Castle. Its construction started on 1873, but the castle was continuously enlarged and improved until 1914. The castle was the residence of the future kings of Romania, until it was confiscated on 1948 by the communist regime and turned into a museum.

 

We’ll visit the Castle tomorrow. Now the time has come for the real fun. We’re driving to an isolated area among the mountains (not too far, only about 4 km/ 2.5 miles from the main road) to a fascinating mountain cottage: Cabana Gura Diham. It’s a real rustic place, not only as design, but also as food offerings (real Romanian specialties, yum-yum!). We can even make a camp fire there. However, rest assured, the rooms are modern, with TV, fridge and private bathroom and Wi-Fi available for free in the entire building. We will have a good and rich meal, some bonding time around the fire and we will spend the night here.

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Time to rest now, this is only the beginning of our journey…

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Good night!

 

 

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