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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sighisoara Take 2

Early Impressions about Romania

Betting parlors, bingo and lotteries must be very popular in the country based on the presence of omnipresent ticket sellers, etc. Small town Romania certainly appears to be poorer than Hungary based on the condition of the roads, sidewalks, intercity bus system, bus stations; i.e. far more ‘primitive’ or perhaps more aptly what I expected from what I grew knowing as an East European country but is now known as Central Europe. 

Gypsies were a noticeable presence in Targu Mures, based on their distinctive clothing and color of their skin. In Sighisoara though, we’ve only seen women with very young children, obviously Gypsies too, all following us and begging. We’ve not seen that before coming to Romania. It reminded us so much of traveling through Cambodia last year.

Some pretty scenes on a beautiful day in Sighisoara 
The Butchers' Tower is octagon-shaped and partly surrounded by a nine angled defense bastion.

The Tailors' Tower guards the back entrance of the citadel. Below shows how gates may have come down as needed.

The Bootmakers' Tower was a defense tower first mentioned in 1521 but is now a newspaper office and a radio station.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church seen initially from the historic center, i.e. above on the hill, and then up close. Too bad it was closed as it was beautiful from the exterior.

Nighttime shots of the Citadel.

Good night one and all from Sighisoara, Romania.