‘Europe’s eighth most idyllic place to live’ (Forbes)
That’s Sibiu, one of the Saxon medieval cities in Transylvania, Romania, and this is an information I found on Wikipedia (link here). To be honest, I haven’t spent enough time in Sibiu to confirm it is good or not to live in, but there is one detail that really impressed me (and my dad). Parking around the Old City is relatively easy, and it costs only 1 leu for a full day (just to place this in context, in my home town, Targu-Jiu, a small city, it costs 2 lei for one hour of parking and in Bucharest the parking situation is a total nightmare). I tend to believe that a city that makes it easy for its residents to park, it’s more likely to be a good place to live in). As a side note, the mayor of Sibiu from 2000 to 2012 (12 years!) is now the President of Romania. In 2007 Sibiu also became the European Capital of Culture and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Romania.
I always like to see a city from above, but I had no plans for this trip and had no internet connection, so we decided to enter the Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral at my mom’s suggestion, without knowing we can visit the Tower. When me and my dad decided to go up, they asked us if we have fear of heights, which we don’t, but only when we started going up we realized how important that question is… It is NOT easy to climb up in that Tower, and I would only recommend it to people who are sure they are not claustrophobic, are in good health and are sure they don’t have fear of heights. But, once you are there, the view is magnificent and since is not easily accessible, you might have all the place for yourself (which in fact is four small turrets on each corner, with small windows that can be open).