Sibiu

6 05 2009
Sibiu

Sibiu

We stopped in our final Transylvanian town of Sibiu, on our way to Hungary from here in Romania.  It is another Saxon medieval town, that has been surrounded by a large and more modern city.  Sibiu was the was the capital of the Transylvania Saxon towns, and now has many museums and a very clean and well maintained central area.  On the way to Sibui, we passed through the countryside and saw Romanians picnicking and cooking out in the fields.

Museum glass

Museum glass

Unlike many of the other Saxon towns we have visited in Transylvania, the historical core portion of Sibui is not well connected with the rest of the city, making it seem a little isolated and somewhat like a detached area full of tourists and upper-class Romanians eating in the plazas.  As the capital of the Transylvanian Saxon towns, Sibui has many museums and impressive buildings within the core. The Brukenthal Museum has nice artwork and has good example of baroque interior and exterior decoration you can view strolling through the museum.  The municipal museum has some roman era carved stones and, while we visited, a large collection of gold stamped coins and other gold decorative items up in a tower.

Typical self-serve lunch

Typical self-serve lunch

Our hostel was on the main square and we had some great views.  We ate at another traditional Romanian restaurant, as well as cooked some food at the hostel.  Jason had a smoked pork with polenta dish, with a great garlic sauce.  The sauce was just crushed garlic and water, but was very strong and went with the smoked pork great.  Peppers of all kinds are available here.  We have found some great roasted and lightly pickled red peppers that you can buy in the stores.  They also eat many of the narrow, green peppers, which can be either mild or pretty darn hot, you never know  how it will taste until you take a bite.

Apothecary items

Apothecary items

The town also has a pharmaceutical museum, with many of the implements from an old fashioned apothecary for the distillation and extractions of medicines, evolving into the creation of pressed pills to deliver the medications.  There was also a portion dedicated to Samuel Hahnemann, who opened the first homeopathic laboratory in the City.

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Alexa in the square

Alexa in the square

Square at night

Square at night

Smoked pork dinner

Smoked pork dinner

Church tower at night

Church tower at night

Romanian countryside picnic

Romanian countryside picnic

View from hostel window

View from hostel window


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6 05 2009
alicia

Loving the european towns! Saw your mom last weekend with Grammy and Grandad, it was fun to see them. Spent the weekend in SD with Jenny for my bday, had a great time down there. Still raining here – May showers! You will see my mom and your mom so soon!!!

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