A day in Sighisoara, Romania

This past weekend my friends and I went on a spontaneous trip to the medieval Romanian town, Sighisoara. This town is truly magical and deserves to be considered of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. The cobblestone roads and the colorful buildings made me felt like a child walking through a fairy tale. I have to admit that I am jealous of locals because they get to experience this amazing architecture everyday. When we first arrived to Sighisoara, we went straight to the our hostel to check in. We stayed at the Burg Hostel, which has a great staff and atmosphere. I prefer to stay at hostels because they’re affordable (I am a college student after all ) and you get to meet interesting people along the way. For once, I didn’t plan an itinerary for the day due to being busy with writing papers and creating lessons for my students. We decided to wander the medieval streets and if we saw something interesting we would go inside.We first saw Turnul cu Ceas (The Clock Tower) and was amazed with the beauty of its meteorological clock, which forecasts the weather. When you reach the top of Turnul cu Ceas, you will get an overlook of the Lower City. After Turnul cu Ceas we noticed that a building that said Casa Dracula, which is translated to Vlad Dracul House. Case Dracula is now a hotel and restaurant. It is known to be the birthplace of Vlad Tepes. As I mentioned in my post on  Bran’s Castle, Vlad was author’s Bram Stroker’s inspiration for Dracula. You can pay 5 lei to see the room that Vlad was born in. Its cool to say I saw it; however, it’s not worth seeing. There is a coffin placed in the center of the room when you walk in, while “spooky” music is being played in the background. The room is covered with cheap black and red fabric hanging from the walls. If you were to ask me if it’s worth going to, I would say to you its better to save the 5 lei. However, we did eat at Casa Dracula and the food was absolutely AMAZING. I ordered the traditional Romanian meal, sarmale and savored every bite. For those who don’t know what sarmale is it’s a stuffed sour cabbage that is filled with pork, beef and a little pieces of bacon. We walked around some more and ran into Turnul Franghierlior (The Ropemaker’s Tower)  which is also located next to the Church on the Hill. We also passed  Turnul Cismarilor in town, it’s one of the most attractive towers you’ll see in the town. It’s great for pictures if you climb up the steps. When in Sighisoara it’s a must to see art and souvenirs stores. If you are looking for authentic souvenirs for you and your love ones, I highly suggest getting them in Sighisoara. You’ll find wood carvings, paintings, handcrafted jewelry, and homemade wine and beer. The only thing I didn’t like about Sighisoara was its locals, majority of the workers were rude. Even the city’s little kids would followed us and yelled things to us. I don’t know if this has to due with being annoyed with tourists, but other Romanian cities I’ve visited the locals were very sweet and helpful. Overall, it was a great day trip to get away and relax.

 

Carpe Diem

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Carpe Diem!

 

Thank you, Midori for the pictures 🙂

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