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Cateva idei de pe drum

Sunt o persoana extrem de activa si de cand ma stiu sunt mereu pe drum. Am mereu pregatit rucsacul si sunt mereu gata de provocarea unei plimbari. De cand am devenit mama sunt si mai pregatita cat pentru doi. Caut mereu locuri in care sa mergem si unde sa se simta acasa desi e venit de pe drum. Asa ca iata mai jos cateva idei de pe drum. Sunt regiuni si locuri care ne-au ramas in suflet.

Pe drum la Sinaia

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La Sinaia as merge si intr-o excursie de o zi si sa ma intorc seara cu cel mic obosit bine. As vrea sa fac acest gen de excursii si calatorii de o zi cat mai mult cu el pana incepe scoala (adica peste multi ani hahaha). Dar aici as veni si pentru o vacanta odihnitoare. Vara imi place sa explorez cat mai mult din ce inseamna muntele si ma bucur sa fi apucat sa vad multe unitati de cazare si restaurante. Este important sa ai parte de liniste cand ai un copil mic. Cei mici sunt destul de empatici si e important pentru ei sa nu preia din agitatia din jur caci va fi un motiv sa oboseasca mai repede.

 

 

Hotel New Montana

Este un hotel vechi, renovat in mare parte, nu este foarte luxos, dar este curat si personal mi-a placut intotdeauna privelistea pe care o ai asupra muntelui. Este un loc unde am fost destul de des in ultimii 30 de ani. Era locul unde mergeam in excursiile din scoala generala sau din liceu si tin minte si acum ca, indiferent cat de obosita eram dimineata, era o placere sa urmaresc cum apare soarele si cum se ridica acea ceata dintre brazii semeti de vizavi. Acum au facut un restaurant cu luminator si asta imi place maxim ca vezi si acolo cat de mic esti in fata naturii. Despre Sinaia o sa las mai jos si o serie de restaurante pe care le-am testat. M-am bucurat in fiecare zi de mersul pe jos pe distante mici si de o cafea foarte buna pe care incerc sa o reperez cum se numeste caci memoria mea de mama pare sa inceapa sa ma lase. 

 

Hotel si Restaurant Ioana

ioana-hotel

Pentru experiente culinare si cazare ceva mai luxoasa recomand acest hotel si cu restaurantul sau. Sunt mare fana a mancarii sofisticate si aici gasesc fix acel gen de mancare. Sigur ca sunt multe lucruri care au denumiri fistichii, dar aici gasesti creativitate si in denumiri si in rezultatul din farfurie. Plus ca au o selectie rafinata de vinuri.

 

Restaurant Licorna

Aici gasiti in primul rand niste vinuri speciale care sunt produse chiar de cei de la Licorno. Ca mama va puteti imagina ca nu sunt cel mai mare cunoscator de vinuri. Meniul contine atat cu preparate locale cat si internationale care sunt extrem de gustoase. Locul in sine poate nu va atrage atentia prin decoratiuni, dar este un loc pe care il recomand pentru o masa buna.

Restaurant Snow

Un loc rustic si intim aflat la baza partiei. Aici mesele erau destul de inghesuite, dar existau niste panouri separatoare. Fiul meu a gustat la prima vizita aici din fetrul oualelor decorative de pe masa. Nu a fost nicio panica, dar am invatat copilul sa stea cuminte la masa in restaurant. Nu ne-am facut asa de rau de rusine ca si la masa de langa a venit o familie cu copil mic si distrugerea decoratiunilor de Paste a continuat. Deci cumva e un loc preferat de familii. Pare intim. Am avut clienti straini care au fost foarte incantati de loc si carora nu le placeau locurile foarte turistice. Daca vreti sa incercati un loc intim si confortabil, acesta este locul potrivit. 

Restaurant Kuib

Am revenit si anul acesta la Kuib dupa ce in ultimii ani l-am vizitat cel putin o data. Este un loc ascuns de care nu stiam, dar pe care multi turisti il viziteaza. Este partea cealalta a muntelui – Cartier Cumpatu’. In zona vedem casa memoriala George Enescu si sunt brazi inalti care iti inspira natura curata. Preparatele sunt specific romanesti si fiul meu adora sa manance aici. Au si meniu special pentru copii ceea ce ii face o destinatie perfecta pentru familii. Au si unitate de cazare si amplasarea pe deal cu multi brazi batrani in jur sunt elementele de care ai nevoie intr-o vacanta odihnitoare.

Pe drum la Brasov

Acesta este unul din orasele mele preferate din Romania si ma intorc mereu cu drag aici. Nu m-a dezamagit niciodata si vad mereu lucruri imbunatatindu-se la fiecare vizita. Va recomand sa petreceti cateva zile si sa incercati restaurantele din zona, sa vizitati cateva locuri, sa va plimbati prin parcuri.

Hotel Cubix

Este un hotel boutique foarte interesant si dragut pe care il recomand daca sunteti in trecere sau daca vreti sa evitati aglomeratia inutila din centru. Este un hotel cu design modern, cu comfort si pentru cei cu treaba sau chiar si in vacanta este perfect. Am dormit o noapte scurta aici, dar am reusit sa ma odihnesc perfect. Imi plac mult locurile cu design aparte unde ma simt speciala.

Varful Tampa

Puteti lua telecabina, dar puteti urca si pe poteca draguta. Nu va recomand sa faceti asta iarna ca e chiar depresiv peisajul de sus si e plin de gheata. Noi am facut o singura data incursiunea cu telecabina. Nu am fost cu copilul, dar asteptam sa se faca mai mare si sa putem merge cu el pe jos. In 1990 am petrecut primul concediu cu ai mei la Brasov si tin minte ca am urcat sus de tot fara telecabina. A fost o mica excursie, dar nu vreau sa il fortez pe cel mic sa urce inca. Peste cativa ani vom face si aceasta excursie. 

Parcul Schiller

Am oprit intamplator vazand un parc dragut la coborarea din Poiana Brasov. Si avem acest obicei de a ne lua dupa instinct si a opri unde ni se pare dragut. A fost o alegere extrem de potrivita intrucat aveau loc de joaca cu tartan si copilul care abia incepea sa mearga la vremea respectiva s-a bucurat de confortul tartanului. Apoi a venit pandemia si nu am mai oprit acolo toate locurile fiind marcate ca fiind inchise. E un parc dragut si ne place si ca e in panta, iar la Bucuresti nu prea intalnesti parcuri asa abrupte incat sa urce copilul dealul. 

Parcul Nicolae Titulescu

Acesta este parcul central al Brasovului. Are o zona deschisa cu flori si o zona umbroasa cu copaci mari si loc de joaca pentru copii. Mi-a placut ca au fost mai creativi la locurile de joaca punand si labirint. Cel mic a fost extrem de incantat sa se poata juca acolo. Nu se mai jucase pana atunci intr-unul potrivit varstei sale. In zona cu flori se gasesc niste decoratiuni cu buburuze si seturi de masute cu bancute creativ-rustice. Imi place sa vad locuri cu iz local. 

Piscina Hotel Aro

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Aceasta e rasfat pentru parinti. Are un luminator care iti da acces la soarele bland in orice anotimp. E foarte dragut si puteti programa si un masaj in vizita acolo. Este o destinatie in care sa va relaxati cateva ore si sa intelegeti cat de bine este sa uitati de haosul de acasa. A fost un weekend pe care l-am petrecut fara copil si in care am decis sa facem ceva pentru noi. Cel mic a ramas cu bunicii. Intre timp am gasit in Bucuresti ceva cursuri de inot pe care as vrea sa le frecventeze ca sa poata merge si el cu noi la piscina data urmatoare. Este un bazin vechi si totusi luminatorul ii da o anumite modernitate. Exista si un jacuzzi vechi cu placi de mozaic in care m-am simtit minunat. Este extrem de mare si se poate pastra distanta. Hotelul este de cinci stele si pentru cei cazati la venire sunt intampinati cu sampanie. A fost surpriza mea cand am fost cazata acolo. Sper ca si altii sa se bucure de asemenea tratament. 

 

Pe drum la Fundata

Cheile Gradistei Hotel – 1 ora de condus de la Brasov

Am ales acest loc tot dintr-o oferta promovata pe Facebook: weekend-ul Pastelui catolic. Imi doream de mult sa mergem aici si am gasit fix ce ne trebuia pentru un weekend linistit: liniste, piscina si iar liniste. Am fost inainte sa existe copilul in viata noastra. Acum am vrea sa refacem aceasta experienta, dar asteptam un pic sa se linisteasca apele cu pandemia si sa reusesc sa organizez un pic o astfel de plecare. Hotelul si facilitatile sunt excelente. Restaurantul din incinta are o priveliste impresionanta peste vale. Au amenajat foarte multe in varful muntelui inclusiv pista de biatlon. Chiar daca nu va cazati aici, puteti veni cu masina si puteti lasa copilul sa se plimbe in liniste pe bicicleta sau sa se catere. Este nu numai o priveliste impresionanta, dar si un loc unde copilul isi consuma rapid energia, iar tu ca mama iti poti reincarca bateriile.

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Poienita Ursului

Iata o cazare pe gustul meu si conform tendintelor actuale care ne cer sa fim responsabili cu mediul inconjurator. Ei bine, casa are o amenajare rustica, dar cu foarte multe reguli ecologice: reciclare selectiva si folosirea responsabila a canalizarii. Inainte sa plecam la munte am decis ca toate cumparaturile sa se plieze pe conceptele noastre referitor la protectia mediului, dar nu ma asteptam sa intalnim pe cineva care chiar stie cum se face reciclarea selectiva. Si uite ca am gasit asta aici si ne-am bucurat. Am spalat pahare, dar nu am mai luat pahare de unica folosinta. Apa de la robinet era potabila si asta era foarte frumos marcat inca de la primire caci o carafa cu apa ne astepta si mesajul ca “Apa este buna de baut|. Gazdele stiu ca oaspetii sunt mereu insetati dupa drum. Ospitalitatea ne-a placut foarte mult in acest loc. De altfel, nici nu am simtit pe unde erau desi locuiau in aceeasi casa. Si ne-a placut foarte mult trambulina din incinta intrucat copiii au fost fascinati sa sara in ea. Noi ne-am bucurat de soare de munte pe sezlonguri sau pe patura. De dormit s-a dormit foarte bine atat pentru adulti cat si pentru copii.

Lucruri de vazut in zona: poti merge cu bicicleta desi asta nu am facut de data asta, dar promitem sa revenim si sa facem si asta. Se pot face plimbari in sus si in jos pe munte si pentru mine asta a fost minunat. Ne-am intalnit si cu niste vacute pe carari. Si la apus de soare a fost fix spectacolul ideal pe care fiul meu sper sa il tina minte. Aici este acel gen de peisaj impresionant care iti reda linistea si care te face sa iti resetezi prioritatile. As mai veni sa stau aici cu mare drag.

Pe drum la Crit

Casa Kraus

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Acum vreo 3 ani am decis sa petrecem un Paste diferit si, ademeniti de o reclama pe Facebook, am ajuns la Crit. A fost un drum foarte usor desi nu stiu de ce ni se parea localitatea foarte indepartata. Si aici am gasit, intr-o fosta casa preoteasca, o unitate de cazare mica si intima unde poti sa te bucuri de o gradina frumoasa si unde poti sa ai si comfortul daca vii cu copilul. Gradina e foarte draguta intrucat peste ea vezi drumul si pasunile intinse. Nu au copaci mari, dar au acea arhitectura veche cu piatra si lemn. Stilul acela care ii pastreaza aerul retro dar iti da si eleganta unei unitati de cazare ceva mai sus decat rustice. La ei pachetul de cazare era cu toate mesele incluse si pot spune ca ne-am cam ingrasat. Acum, cand cel mic e un pic mai mare, as vrea sa reluam aceasta experienta si cu el. Stiu totusi ca nu va avea mare lucru de inteles din experienta mestesugurilor traditionale care te inconjoara in casa si mai peste tot in zona. A, ce m-a impresionat foarte tare la aceasta cazare, a fost cuibul de berze de pe un varf de fortificatie care din camera noastra se vedea foarte bine. Ce-i drept in Aprilie era o perioada de imperechere pentru ele, dar mi s-a parut impresionant sa stau asa de aproape de o pasare atat de semeata. Perioada lor de imperechere inseamna niste ciocanituri puternice. Am putut sa ne odihnim totusi si cu clampanitul lor amuzant. 

In zona sunt foarte multe biserici fortificate si chiar ar fi dragut sa le vizitati. Unele sunt deschise si renovate, altele sunt inca intr-o stare intermediara, dar toate pastreaza semetele turnuri si zidurile de aparare, toate au niste zone unde satenii isi pastrau proviziile peste an si de unde veneau sa isi ia cu atentie ce aveau nevoie in desage pentru sarbatori. Rezervele erau tinute in cadrul bisericilor fortificate pentru ca in caz de atac din partea cotropitorilor sa nu ramana fara mancare. Si asta mi se pare o perioada extrem de barbara din istoria omenirii cand ciudat este ca erau mult mai putini oameni pe planeta. Poate nu reusesc eu sa inteleg mentalitatea de atunci. Dar ce vad cu adevarat este cat de importanta este educatia in societate. Si uite unde am ajuns de cand am eliminat barbarismul din viata noastra. Am evoluat foarte mult, am crescut ca numar de populatie si acum practic trebuie sa invatam sa fim ceva mai echilibrati.

Pe drum la Moeciu

Panner Bakery

Va recomand sa va opriti la ei si sa incercati din bunatati. Suntem frecvent in zona, dar am oprit abia anul acesta la ei. Imi place in primul rand arhitectura locului. Sare in ochi de pe drum si pare sa te imbie sa intri. Este un proiect de arhitectura premiat si se vede foarte bine de pe drum ca are ceva aparte. Ar fi mai dragut daca drumul nu ar fi atat de aglomerat. Am luat saratele, covrigei, prajituri si ceva placintele. Toate au fost absolut minunate. Daca sunteti in weekend sau in vacanta mai lunga puteti lua cateva merinde pentru drum sau drumetii. 

Restaurant Turnul 

Este un hotel cu restaurant. Au in spate o gradina montana superba in care se organizeaza evenimente. Inca de cand s-a deschis ne-am plimbat prin zona si am apreciat arhitectura si curatenia locului. Apoi am inceput sa frecventam si restaurantul in weekendurile petrecute la munte. Va recomand sa mergeti si sa incercati tot ce e in meniu. Servirea a fost mereu prompta si mancarea mereu proaspata. Chiar si cand am mers cu clienti straini acolo au apreciat preparatele. 

Pe drum la Sighisoara

Casa cu Cerb

Aici am ajuns acum mai multi ani si ne-am bucurat foarte tare ca am gasit ultima camera disponibila fix intr-una din pietele Sighisoarei. Sighisoara pentru mine este un loc pe care l-am descoperit prin facultate cand am fost la festivalul medieval si cand am vazut cum tineri veneau in numar mare cu trenul sau cu masina. Cautau sa se bucure de muzica medievala si dansurile vremii, de traditii foarte vechi si aglomeratie. Nu cred ca acum mai e cazul de asa ceva in contextul necesitatii distantarii sociale. Si poate sederea in acest loc mi-a dat fix acel sentiment ca am apucat sa vad cetatea vie intr-un moment in care nu era asa aglomerata. Acum imi doresc sa merg si cu fiul meu aici intrucat cu siguranta va fi o provocare pentru el sa mearga pe jos si sa vada ce drum parcurgeau copiii pe vremuri. Recomand aceasta cazare cu o imbinare de rustic si accente moderne. Poti servi micul dejun dimineata in piateta si sa te bucuri de o cafea in timp ce orasul isi vede de treburile sale medievale.

Pe drumuri impresionante:

Transfagarasan – Conacul Ursului

Ei, aceasta locatie a fost gasita in drumurile noastre de (re)descoperire a tarii absolut intamplator. Am plecat la drum fara un plan si am gasit aceasta unitate de cazare. Mi-a placut camera desi atunci cand ma stat am nimerit si o pana de curent. Am stat vreo 2 nopti si ne-am bucurat de peisaj, de ploaia de munte, de sala de mese mare si generoasa, de copiii multi care jucau tot felul de jocuri la parter sau chiar si la masutele de la etaje. Mi-a dat acel sentiment de loc menit familiilor cu copiii. Si imi amintesc ca in copilarie mergeam si eu cu parintii si alte familii cu copii in astfel de locuri unde puteam sa ne jucam in liniste in vreme ce parintii stateau la povesti. Abia astept sa avem si noi parte de asa ceva cu cel mic. 

Transbucegi – Hotel Pestera

Un hotel in care mi-am dorit mult sa stau si dupa trei proiecte la rand in zona am nimerit camere libere sa cazam toata echipa acolo. A fost un moment minunat caci am imbinat dorinta mea de a testa hotelul cu utilul muncii mele. Si da, este important pentru mine ca atunci cand sunt plecata de acasa cu treaba sa ma simt bine in unitatea de cazare. Nu am pretentii foarte mari, dar imi doresc foarte mult sa stau in conditii decente si sa ma bucur de o masa buna. Restaurantul l-am testat de foarte multe ori. Este un restaurant in care se pot consuma produse din bucataria romaneasca dar si cateva produse din bucataria internationala. Hotelul este extrem de curat si este la un nivel de hotel de oras in materie de design si aspect. Il puteti alege fara ezitari daca gasiti camere disponibile. 

Transalpina

Aici nu am mai fost de foarte mult timp si nu avem inca o unitate de cazare preferata pentru ca nu am intalnit nimic memorabil in ultimele vizite acolo. Acum as vrea sa mai merg o data acolo pentru a-i arata si copilului cat de frumos se vede muntele dincolo de nori. este o priveliste impresionanta si care iti taie rasuflarea. 

 

Ca o ultima remarca, alegerile mele se bazeaza de multe ori pe inspiratie de pe drum si, daca ma simt bine, nu ma dau inapoi chiar daca poate parea usor scump. Am decis acum cativa ani ca am fost in suficiente vacante studentesti incat este momentul sa ma respect si sa aleg ce imi place si ce mi se potriveste, uneori sa alegem cazarea de pe drum. Am tinut sa precizez asta pentru a nu primi ulterior raspunsuri referitoare la preturile anumitor locuri. Consider in continuare ca voi recomanda locurile oricui este interesat sa vada, sa guste sau sa invete ceva.

DRIVE ON

I am an extremely active person and I am always ready to drive on. I always have my backpack ready for any new travelchallenge. Since becoming a mother I am even more ready as for two. I am always looking for places to go to where my kid can feel like home after all the drive. So here are below a few regions and places which are close to our hearts.

Sinaia

Sinaia is a place I would even try as a one day trip with the little one and see him falling dead tired in the evening upon our return. I would like to do these sort of trips quite often before he goes to school (5 years from now hahaha). Sinaia is also a perfect place for a quiet vacation. During the summer I love to explore as much as possible the mountains and enjoy to have checked out places to stay or eat. It’s important to enjoy the silence when you have a little one with you. The little ones have also big empathy and it’s important for them not to catch a big fuss around as that will tired them a lot sooner.

Hotel New Montana

It’s an old hotel, renovated at its most, not very luxury, but extremely clean and personally I always loved the view you have of the mountain. It’s a place where I came to quite often in the last 30 years. It was the place that would accommodate our school and highschool trips and I remember even now that, no matter how tired I was in the morning, it was always a pleasure to watch the sun come up and as the smoke would rise from the trees on the mountain in front. Now they have a restaurant with a big glass ceiling and I love that also as you can feel how tiny you are in all that nature. About Sinaia I will also leave below a few places to try. I enjoyed walking every day on short distances and a very good coffee place which I am struggling with my memory to recall by its name. My mother brain is taking action.

Hotel si Restaurant Ioana

For luxury culinary and accommodation experiences I highly recommend this hotel. I am a big fan of sofisticated food and this is the right place for it. Of course there are many things with twisted names, but here you can also find creativity in the plate. They also have a fine selection of wines.

Restaurant Licorna

This is a place where you can find their home made wines which are very good. Of course I am a mother so you may realise I am not a heavy drinker. Food is bot local and international and it tastes extremely good. The place itself may not stand out by its design, but I would recommend it for good food.

Restaurant Snow

This is clearly a rustic place situated at the bottom of the ski slope. Here the tables are pretty crowded, but there are some separation panels. My son tasted here upon his first visit the wool in the egg decorations on the table. It wasn’t such a big panic, but we have taught the little one to stand still while at the table. We didn’t feel that embarassed as the neighboring table also had a family with a little one and the Easter decoration destruction continued. So it’s somehow a good place for families. It seems cosy. We had foreign clients who were delighted by the place and who didn’t like the touristic traps. If you want to try something small and cosy, this is the place to be.

Restaurant Kuib

We came back to Kuib this year after visiting it at least once a year in the past years. It’s a hidden place I didn’t know about until 2017, but many tourists visit it. It’s on the other side of the mountain – Cumpatu’. It’s the area where the George Enescu memorial house lies and where tall trees inspire healthy nature. Food menu is local and my son adores eating here. They also have kid’s menu so that makes them perfect destination for families. They also have accommodation and the settlement is on a hill with many old trees around which are perfect elements when you are looking for a good rest vacation.

Brasov

This is one of my favourite cities in Romania and I always come back with open heart. It has never let me down in terms of expectations and I see things getting improved with each visit. I recommend you spend a few days over here and try the local restaurants, visit a few places, take a walk in the parks.

Hotel Cubix

This is a boutique hotel which is very interesting and nice highly recommended if you are passing by or trying to avoid the heavy traffic downtown. It’s a hotel with a modern design, with comfort and for those on business or on vacation it’s the perfect place to stay. I slept here for a short night, but I managed to get a very good rest. I love the modern design places where I can feel special.

Varful Tampa

You can take the cable car to go up or you can simply hike. I won’t recommend you going up in winter time as the landscape is quite depressive and full of icey paths. We only did once the cable car in the recent years. We were on our own at the time, but we are waiting for him to grow a bit older and then take him on a hike. In 1990 my parents took me on a first vacation over there and I remember going up there on a walk. It was a short hike, but I wouldn’t push the little one to hate the hill already. In a few years time we will take this path.

Parcul Schiller

We stopped accidently over here seeing a nice park as we were coming down from Poiana Brasov. And we have this habit of guiding ourselves by instinct and stopping wherever we find something nice. It was an extremely good choice as they had a soft playground and the kid was barely starting to wander at the time so he enjoyed the soft ground. Then the pandemics hit and we didn’t stop there as the place was marked as being closed. It’s a nice park and we love it being on a slope side, which you cannot find in Bucharest for the kid to climb up.

Parcul Nicolae Titulescu

This is the park in the centre of Brasov. It has an open area with flowers and a darker area with big trees where the kids’ playground can also be found. I loved that htey were very creative at the playground with a small labyrinth. The little one enjoyed playing over there. He hasn’t played till then in one suitable for his age. In the flowers area you can find some outdoor decoractions with lady bugs or tables and chairs with creative rustic models. I love seeing more traditional places.

Piscina Hotel Aro

This is pampering for the parents. It has a glass cube above the pool which lets you enjoy the kind sun in any season. It’s very nice and you can also schedule a massage while spending time there. It’s parent’s relaxing time and to understand how good it is to forget about the chaos at home. It was a weekend without the kid and we decided to do something for us. The little one remained with the grandparents. In the meantime I have found in Bucharest some swimming lessons for the little one so we can take him with us at the pool next time we go. It’s an old pool and the glass dome above it gives it a certain modern feeling. There is also an old jacuzzi with old mosaic which I found lovely. It’s extremely big and you can keep the distance. The hotel is a five star hotel and when checking in you receive a glass of champagne. It was a surprise for me when I stayed there. I do hope others get to enjoy similar treatment

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Cheile Gradistei Hotel – 1 hour drive from Brasov

We picked this place from a highly promoted Facebook offer: special deals for the Catholic Easter weekend. I was longing for a long time to come here and I found just what we needed for a quiet weekend: quiet place, pool and some more quietness. We went there before having the kid. Now we would like to redo this experience, but we are waiting a little longer for the pandemics to settle down and to manage to organize such a weekend getaway. The accommodation and facilities are excellent. The first floor restaurant has a lovely view over the valley. They have developed the place so much with the biathlon track and sport hotels. Even if you don’t choose to accommodate at their hotels, you can drive up and let the kids bike or hike around. It’s an impressive view from the top, but also a place kids can outwear their energy fast, and as a mother you can recharge your batteries.

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Poienita Ursului

This is an accommodation which I love and in accordance with the current tendencies which require us to be more responsible to the environment. Well, a rustic place by design, but with many trendy ecological rules: selective recycling and responsible use of piping systems. Before we leave for the mountains we decided that all shopping should comply with our concepts about saving the environment. I didn’t expect to meet someone who truly knows how selective recycling is done. And this place is exactly that so I was very happy to see such. We washed glasses, but gave up plastic. The tap water was drinkable and that was very kindly marked since our welcome as a big jar of water was waiting for us with a small note. The hosts know all guests arrive thirsty. Hospitality was another thing we truly enjoyed. And to be honest we didn’t even feel their presence although they were also living there. We really enjoyed the trampoline as the kids were fascinated to play in it. We enjoyed the mountain sun on the chaise-longs or on a blanket. Sleeping was also very good for both adults and kids as it was all so quiet.

Stuff to do in the area: you can ride the bike, yet that is something we missed out on, but we promise to come back and do so. Hikes are good in the area and for me that was excellent. We met some cows on our wander. And at sunset it was exactly the show my son should remember. That kind of landscape is impressive and it’s giving you peace of mind and making you reset your priorities. I wish to return here soon.

Crit

Casa Kraus

Three years ago we decided to spend Easter in a different way, lured by a Facebook ad and we ended up in Crit. It was a very easy drive and I don’t know why it seemed like a far away place. And here we found in an old parish house, a small and intimate accommodation where you can enjoy a lovely garden and where you can also find comfort if you are coming with a child. The garden is lovely as you can watch the road and the large pastures from it. They don’t have high trees, but they have that old architecture with wood and stone. That style which makes it feel old, but which also gives it elegance as an accommodation way above rustic. The accommodation package included all meals and we have gained a few pounds. Now, as soon as the little one grows up a bit to understand about the place, we would like to redo the whole experience. I am aware he won’t understand much from the traditional handcraft which surround the house and all the area. Oh, what impressed me most about this accommodation is that there was a stork nest right on the fortified wall which from our room’s window you could watch closely. It’s true that in April it’s their mating period, but it seemed “Wow” for me to be so close to the tall bird. Their mating period mean loud beak banging. We could still enjoy our rest and found their beak banging amusing. 

In the area there are a lot of fortified churches and it would be nice to visit them. Some are open and renovated, others are still in the making, but they all maintain their tall towers and impressive walls, they all have areas where the locals used to keep their goods stored through the year and they would carefully take what they needed for holidays. The remaining foods were kept in churches over the year to safely keep them away from intruders and starve the whole village. Those seem like barbaric times in the history of mankind when funny thing is there were a lot less people on the planet. Maybe I am missing out on the mentality of the times. But what I see as truly important is the education of the society. This is where we came once the barbaric methods were taken out of our lives. We have evolved a great deal, we grew up as population and now basically we must learn to have little balance.

Moeciu

Panner Bakery

I recommend you stop over and try some goodies. We are frequently in the area, but we only stopped by this year. I love first of all the architecture of the place. It’s incredibly eye catching and it lures you to stop over from your drive. It’s an awarded architectural project and that can be clearly seen from the drive by as it has a certain look. It would be nice if the road would be less crowded. We bought some local goodies. All were absolutely fabulous. If you are passing by during the weekend or weekdays on a longer vacation, you can buy some stuff for the hike or for the drive.

Restaurant Turnul

It’s a hotel with a restaurant. They have a wonderful mountain backyard where events take place. Since it was open we have passed by it and always appreciated the architecture and the cleanness of the place. Then we started eating at the restaurant when going there during the weekends. I recommend you going and trying anything from the menu. Serving is very quick and food is always freshly made. Even when we went there with foreign clients they appreciated the dishes.

Sighisoara

Casa cu Cerb

We stayed there many years ago and enjoyed we found the last available room which was looking straigh into one of the city’s squares. Sighisoara to me is a place discovered during my time at the university when I came here for the medieval festival and I saw a lot of young people coming over by train or by car. They were looking forward to enjoying the medieval music and the traditional dances as well as habits and crowded squares. I don’t believe this can be possible anymore as we need to keep a certain social distance. And maybe the accommodation in exactly this place gave me that feeling that I managed to see live the fortress in a less crowded moment with all its beauty. Now I wish to come here with my son as it will certainly be a challenge for him to climb up as the local kids still do. I highly recommend this accommodation with it’s rustic and modern touches. You can serve breakfast in the square and enjoy a cup of good coffe while the city is minding its medieval business.

Impressive Roads to Drive on

Transfagarasan – Conacul Ursului

Well, this is one place we found as we were driving on to rediscover our country. We did that without the pandemics, so I recommend you do it now even more. We just stopped over as we had a feeling about the place and it turned out as soon as we got settled in an electric failure happened in the area. We still enjoyed our time here having spent about two nights when it rained and then it was sunny. The usual mountain unstable weather. It has a big restaurant area where there were many families with kids playing while parents were chit-chatting. Older kids were also playing in their own privacy on the hallways on higher floors. It gave me that feeling of a place perfect for families with kids. And I remember in my childhood days we used to have that in our mountain trips: places to stay, play and where adults could also spend time together with their friends. I can’t wait to have that also with the little one and friends.

Transbucegi – Hotel Pestera

This is a hotel which I long longed to stay in and after three projects when they had no rooms available we managed to come by and find availability for the whole team. It was a lovely moment as we have put together work and pleasure. And yes, for me it’s important when I am away with work to feel good in the accommodation chosen. I am not that sophisticated, but I really wish for decent conditions (clean and quiet) and a good meal. The restaurant we have tried several times and it never failed us. It’s a restaurant where you can eat both romanian dishes and some international cuisine choices. The hotel is extremely clean and I may say has city conditions regarding design and looks. You can choose it with an open heart if you find availability.

Transalpina

We haven’t been here for quite a long time and I cannot name a place to stay as the last visits were not so memorable. I would like to come here again to show my kid as you can watch the mountain above the clouds. It’s an impressive and breathtaking view.

 

As a last remark, the choices made are many times based on pure inspiration on the road, and if I am feeling good in a place, I am not backing up even if it may seem expensive. I decided a few years back that I’ve had enough student vacations that it’s time I respect myself and choose what I like and what suits me, sometimes even a pick as we drive by. I mentioned this so I don’t get feedback that some places are quite pricey. I still recommend them to anyone who is interested in quality time on a getaway: places to see, to taste and to learn something.

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