Sinaia got its name from a Romanian nobleman who went to Mount Sinai in 1695, came back and founded a monastery. It was also the home of Romania's first king, King Carol I, who built a jaw-dropping magnificent castle there in 1875. It is about 3,000 feet up in altitude in the Carpathian Mountains, the gateway to Transylvania. I checked out handy dandy guidebooks and booked a hotel en route, The Economat, a beautiful hotel that is at the foot of the Peles Castle.
The beauty of the terrain took my breathe away, the closer I got to my mountain destination. The mountains begin gently as you approach, with lush green forests and end dramatically, craggy and haunting. It is Rustic (with a capital R), the freeway is a dangerous affair and one to maneuver slowly and with great caution as there are people on foot, children on foot, bicycles and people riding a horse and cart, people selling things along the side of the freeway....
Voila! More soon, rather tricky getting internet access most times.
Gros Transylvanian bisous!!