Slumming it in Sibiu
Updated: Aug 18, 2021
On 14th August, we drove the 97km (2 hours) from Deva to Sibui arriving at just after 2pm and in time for a nap - so organised! Parking was a tiny bit tricky in the Old Town but they had a Sibiu Parking App which took credit cards and was a brilliant solution.
Following the Airbnb instructions we checked into the Historian's Apartment which was £89 for 2 nights. It was off a street called Faurului which is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Old Town of Sibiu (pronounced "Siboo"), known for its Germanic architecture, the legacy of 12th-century Saxon settlers. The apartment had two bedrooms and the hosts provided Tiger with a travel cot, there was a main living space with open plan kitchen, cutesy bathroom and huge master bedroom. We were so comfortable there, possibly with the exception it was a little warm but we managed! It was the only place we stayed which had stairs but thankfully Tiger never tried to go down them.
That afternoon we had a walk around - our time in Sibui was mainly just walking around the beautiful Old Town. We visited the children's theatre but Tiger was too young to really enjoy it. Around the city are the remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower. We loved it!
On 16th August, we took the very long drive 135km down to Curtea de Argeș in theory via the Transfăgărășan Highway or the DN7C (a paved mountain road with national-road ranking and is the second-highest paved road in the country after the Transalpina) but we took the wrong turning and went down a different, slightly less exciting, mountain road and we'd run out of time to go back as we didn't arrive until 4.30pm. So, much as I hate to leave things undone, we shall have to go back one day to drive this road which Top Gear say is the best road in the world!
In Curtea de Argeș we stayed in a new hotel called Casa Medieala for £72 for an apartment style room with two bedrooms, which was very nice but very quiet and the following day, 17th August, we drove back to the Optemi Airport area of Bucharest.