Days of Braşov

27 04 2009
Brasov

Brasov

We arrived in Braşov just in time for their “Days of Braşov” festival, which includes traditional music and dancing in the square, street vendors with wine and other foods, and a big event where horse riders come from surrounding villages and parade through town on their horses.  Like the official looking banners say, Braşov is “Probably the best City in the World.”  While we’re not going to argue about this designation since they have prefaced their argument with ‘probably’, we certainly enjoyed our time here.

Fortified gate

Fortified gate

Braşov is an interesting town in that the historical core of the city was built by Saxon’s (German colonists) in the 12th century and surrounded by a defensive wall.  The various guilds within the Saxon settlement built guard towers around the perimeter wall, where they were responsible for defenses.  This medieval core has some of the most interesting buildings and is a vibrant pedestrian friendly center.  Braşov is also called Kronstadt, meaning something like ‘crown city’ in German, which is the symbol for the city.

Horses coming through!

Horses coming through!

The Days of Braşov festival included the impressive horses with riders in traditional garb tramping through the city, sometimes sending the onlookers scurrying when they got too excited.  We had a good spot along a roadway and had a doorway to cower in when the massive horses got within trampling or kicking distance.   We meet a fellow Californian, Peter, and sampled Romanian wines and watched some folk dancing.

Dinner group

Dinner group

Peter had been in Romania longer than we had and took us to a restaurant to introduce us to some tasty traditional Romanian food. Sarmalute Mămăligă translates into something like ‘forced pork meat in cabbage rolls’.  I’m not sure exactly what ‘forced meat’ is, but the dish is very good.  It consists of seasoned ground pork that is wrapped in cabbage leaves and cooked, and then served with polenta and a spicy, fresh pepper as a topping.  Served with some great bread, butter and some more cooked pork pieces, it is delicious!

Hill above town

Hill above town

To work off all the pork, butter and wine we had indulged in, the next day we climbed a hill overlooking town with some great views of the valley below and mountains behind.

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View from above

View from above

Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Park

Park

Veggie market: peppers!

Veggie market: peppers!

Defensive wall

Defensive wall

Dancers practising

Dancers practising

Decorated horse

Decorated horse

Decorated gate at Weavers Guild Bastion

Decorated gate at Weavers Guild Bastion

Trail to view

Trail to view

Us walking around town

Us walking around town

Sarmalute

Sarmalute


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3 responses

28 04 2009
Mike

Nice pictures and good looking food. Must be tile roofs on all those buildings?
Any issues with swine flu yet? It has hit 5 or 6 states here, but no reported deaths as in Mexico.

30 04 2009
Jason and Alexa

We (and the rest of Romania) are doing our best to fight swine flu by eating as much pork as humanly possible. So far, we haven’t heard of any swine flu here.

30 04 2009
Leslie B

I’d say it must be probably awesome! Looks like so much fun!

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