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… In Romania ….. oh damn .. doesn’t quite fit with the song!

Well .. I’m back in Scotland after the most fantastic week with friends in Romania.   My pal Alex and I travelled over together, which in itself was an experience!   Alex has a broken ankle and had booked wheelchairs at the airports .. great .. fantastic .. aye right! … she sat there like the Queen of Sheba being pushed along the long, long corridors of Heathrow while I ran alongside like some sort of Quasimodo from the sticks!!     However, we did get priority treatment and to the front of the security queues etc … so it wasn’t all bad!

We spent the first two nights in Bucharest at the home of my friends … during this time we experienced the drivers of Bucharest in all their glory!   Traffic lights are for decoration, lanes are just paint on the road .. and roundabouts … well .. they are just parking spaces!

To see Bucharest was an experience is an understatement … absolutely fascinating.. from the drivers (obviously!) to the beautiful buildings on show (and hidden away) … a place I would highly recommend everyone visits!

We left Bucharest after 2 nights of being fed so much food that I thought I was going to explode only to arrive in Sinaia in Transylvania and be treated to another HUGE traditional meal at a restaurant in the mountains.    Not only was the company and food great BUT during the time there a bear was wandering outside the restaurant .. not that we seen it .. but Alex and I were like two kids in a sweetshop … until we had to leave  … then I was more than delighted to get into the car before the bear got me!

After 2 fantastic days in the Sinaia area, where we visited Bran Castle (Dracula’s castle) and Peles Castle and saw some wonderful scenery, we moved up to Sibiu … not as dramatic scenery wise around the hotel but the main town was extremely beautiful .. as was a very special little bar we found that had only been open for 2 days .. I think we sampled most of the cocktails there … *smile* … 

We discovered new words in the English language like Parkated .. infact we decided we like the word parkated so much we used “ated” at the end of most words … which at one point nearly killed us all as we were laughing so much in the car I thought we were going to crash!

We had a fantastic traditional meal in the town … along with traditional Romanian drinks … and although Alex and I were very keen to taste everything that was authentically Romanian we did draw the line at pigs brains …. *shudder*

Our final day up in Transylvania was visiting Balea Lake which is high in the mountains up the famous Transfagarasan Road … the drive was spectacular, the lake mysterious and wonderful (still partially frozen over in June!) and we even managed to have a snowball fight!

We left the lake and headed back down the mountain, presuming that we had seen everything exciting that we were going to see … how wrong we were … as we turned a corner, there in the middle of the road was a huge bear … we screamed with excitement and scrabbled for our camera’s .. I managed to get a couple of shots in .. but the do not capture the size or the beauty of the animal … he (or she!) was HUGE … and sat looking at the car for a good few seconds before heading back into the forest.

Our last night ended at 3.30am in the morning … me and one of my friends staying up to chat about the holiday, life and laugh at the experiences of the past week….  it was truly a holiday of a lifetime for me .. brilliant scenery, brilliant experiences and brilliant company … 

I hope to return … 

Some photos of the trip below!

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I’m home ..  brown, relaxed and happy.

Lesbos proved to be just what I needed to get over recent disappointments and confusion in my personal life and allowed me to see things clearly and put it all into perspective.

I really do wish there was someway of being able to have an extended holiday over there .. a couple of months there would be fantastic.   Maybe it is a wee plan I should work on .. we shall see!

I have to say thanks to the “long term” visitors to the island who made us feel so welcome and it was lovely to meet such friendly and interesting people.   I was also delighted to meet Mandy and Terri from Briticana  (www.briticanamusic.com) who entertained us in the bars and on the beach (lets not mention the skinny dipping!) with wonderful music.   They really are worth a listen too .. and their music will always stir wonderful memories for me.

The girls from the Rock Club make a huge effort to welcome new people into the group and even though I didn’t feel confident enough to swim to the rock (my fear of being harpooned by some Japanese whaling trawler being the main reason!) I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Budda Bar in my role as cheerleader .. or chief coffee drinker!

We were also lucky enough to be taken under the wing of Pam Crosby who not only showed us her home and her puppies (the 4 legged type) but also some of the local area that we would never have discovered on our own .. she also introduced us to the biggest pork chops you have ever seen .. I didn’t see any pigs on the island but my gawd they must be bloody huge!

I am planning a return … unfortunately it won’t be this year due to other holiday committments but next year I will be there .. I may even try the swim .. we shall see ..  like life itself time will tell!

Closed for much needed holiday …

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This blog is officially closed until I return from Lesvos ..

We fly out on Thursday morning .. by Thursday lunchtime I will be on that beach!

I really can’t wait ..

.. I’m off to become a bronzed goddess!   (hmmmm… ok maybe I lie a little!)

 

 

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