The colorful streets of Sighisoara
By a wonderful coincidence, Lonely Planet just released their top travel destinations for 2016 and Transylvania, Romania is number one on the regions’ list (Link here). Romania is beautiful and has enormous tourism potential, however, if I have to be honest, there are still lots of things we have to work on. It was my first time visiting Sighisoara, a famous medieval town in Transylvania and I was surprised and slightly disappointed by few things: 1. people don’t smile and I came across unnecessary rudeness (it feels like locals are annoyed they have visitors), 2. touristic commerce is appalling (it has nothing to do with the wonderful traditional Romanian handcraft, especially disappointing considering Sighisoara is a craftsmen’s town), 3. the house where Count Dracula (Vlad The Impaler) was born is a bad joke and I would never recommend anyone to spend 5 lei to visit it (a dark room covered with cheap red and black satin like fabric, a table and 2 statues, red light and a drunk man sitting in a coffin, all of such a bad taste, I was embarrassed).
Apart of these things the tourism board of Sighisoara can work on, the town is magical and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful medieval town / citadels in Europe. On the plus side, I was impressed with the accommodation; we stayed at the Sighisoara Hotel, a building dating from 1520 located in the heart of the old town, where the price was great, the people friendly and helpful, amazing architecture and good wifi. (Green and yellow building in Image 7). A cheerful and somehow unexpected sight was the many groups of school kids (so many for such a small place) flocking from the few schools in the citadel, speaking Romanian and German and just being kids (I couldn’t help thinking they were lucky to be able to walk home from school, breathe the fresh air and being surrounded by such amazing architecture).
I’ll start with few photos of the colorful streets and I’ll continue with another set of photos in a different post.