More Than a Home… a Kingdom

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Next day… we woke up early… well, not so early… around 9 o’clock. We went downstairs at the restaurant of the hotel and we had breakfast with a view to the mountains. I must say this is the most relaxing way to enjoy your breakfast.

As I mentioned in my last article, we wanted to climb the Balea Waterfall. Situated at over 1200 meters altitude, Balea Waterfall is the largest waterfall in steps from Romania, with a fall of 60 meters. You can go by car till “Balea Waterfall Chalet” and from there on foot, on a route that takes about two hours. The route is not easy to climb and it took us about an hour to find the road in the first place… we almost gave up but we couldn’t lose this one experience.

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A doua zi… ne-am trezit de dimineata… nu chiar asa de dimineata… in jurul orei 9:00. Am coborat la restaurantul cabanei unde ne-am cazat si am servit micul dejun. Trebuie sa mentionez ca cel mai relaxant mod de a servi o masa este atunci cand te poti bucura de privelistea naturii.

Dupa cum v-am povestit si in articolul trecut a urmat Cascada Balea. Situata la peste 1200 de metri altitudine, aceasta este cea mai mare cascada in trepte din Romania, ce are o cadere de 60 de metri. Accesul se poate face cu masina pana la “Cabana Balea Cascada iar de acolo pe jos, pe un traseu ce dureaza aproximativ doua ore. Traseul nu este usor de parcurs iar pe langa asta ne-a luat cam o ora pana sa nimerim drumul corect prin padure… aproape ca renuntasem dar nu aveam cum sa pierdem o experienta ca asta.

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The next two places on our list were Peles Castle and Bran Castle, the last one is known by tourists as Dracula’s Castle. In fact, historical data does not confirm that it had been the residence of Count Dracula (associated with the Romanian ruler, Vlad the Impaler) because the characters in the novel “Dracula” are the result of the author’s fantasy.

Along the way, however, we realized that we didn’t have enough time to visit both castles. Because they were located in opposite directions and they have short visitation schedule, we chosen to visit only one. So we took the road to the Peles Castle because we heard that it is more beautiful and bigger than the Bran Castle.

The Peles Castle situated in Sinaia and built between the 1873 and 1914, was the summer residence for the Kings of Romania in that period of time. Unfortunately, because of the short schedule we were able to see only the outside of the castle. Instead we visited Pelisorul, a small palace built in the same kingdom as part of the Peles Castle. You’d be surprised to see how the leaders of the country lived in those days, while ordinary people had no elevator, radiator, vacuum cleaner and so much more facilities like they had.

I hope you enjoyed my little escape to the mountains.

Have a good week everyone!

– RO –

Urmatoarele puncte turistice de pe lista noastra au fost Castelul Peles si Castelul Bran, cel din urma fiind cunoscut de turisti drept Castelul lui Dracula. In realitate, datele istorice nu confirma ca acesta ar fi fost resedinta contelui Dracula (nume asociat domnitorului Tării Romanesti, Vlad Tepes) intrucat personajele din romanul “Dracula” sunt rezultatul fanteziei autorului.

Traseul la Cascada Balea a durat ceva… iar pe urma am realizat ca nu ne-a mai ramas destul timp pentru a vizita ambele castele. Acestea avand program scurt de vizitare si fiind localizate in directii opuse, am ales sa vedem doar unul. Asadar ne-am indreptat spre Castelul Peles deoarece auzisem ca este mult mai frumos si mai mare decat Castelul Bran.

Castelul Peles, un palat din Sinaia construit intre anii 1873 si 1914, a fost resedinta de vara a regilor Romaniei pe acea vreme. Din nefericire, din cauza programului scurt am reusit sa-l vedem numai la exterior. In schimb am vizitat Pelisorul, un palat de dimensiuni mici construit pe domeniul Castelui Peles. Ai fi surprins sa vezi cum traiau conducatorii tarii in acele vremuri, vremuri cand in Romania oamenii de rand nu aveau lift, calorifer, aspirator si multe astfel de utilitati.

Sper ca v-a placut escapada mea la munte.

Va doresc o saptamana frumoasa!

Pelisorul

The Peles Castle

Castelul Peles

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    Alex Pop
    Posted at 22:33h, 29 August Reply

    Buna Alina …. am intrat pe blogul tau dintr-o pura intamplare …. si pot sa spun ca am ramas placut surprins de modul in care ai prezentat Castelul Peles si alte locuri frumoase pe care le putem gasi in Romania…. Pozele sunt foarte frumoase…. keep going :)

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    Cristina
    Posted at 22:38h, 29 August Reply

    Eu nu am urcat pana sus la cascada :( la un moment dat era prea abrupt si aveam putina frica…

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    Sabina
    Posted at 22:42h, 19 November Reply

    Super poze si blog Alina!! Bravo! Abia astept sa merg si eu la castelul Peles ! Poate reusim sa mergem impreuna intr-o zi si ne duci si pe noi pina la cascada Balea! :D

    Mult succes in continuare,

    Sabina

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      Alina Befu
      Posted at 20:25h, 02 December Reply

      Multumesc Sabina! Ar fi frumos sa ne vedem intr-o zi. Te pup!

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