4th September 2014
Cristi and I were up early for we had decided to hike the Mount Tâmpa, mountain in the middle of the city of Brașov.
We grabbed some breakfast and water on our way to the base of the mountain. We had only one backpack and it was not big enough to contain all the food items. I ended up carrying water bottles in my hands. It took us an hour to reach the top. It is not a tall mountain, about 960m high but proved to be a good morning-workout.
The panoramic view of the city was beautiful from the top.
We were lucky to have a lot of Sun and spent some time on the top. Because of multitudinous flora and fauna on the mountain, it has been declared as a nature-reserve. Brown bears, wolves, boars can surprise you in the woods. This information sufficed to pollute my mind with a dormant fear. When I was urinating in the woods, I heard a sound of grunt and I was scared to death. Apparently it was Cristi and not any boar or a hog. His prank was successful and we were laughing about it for long time. We took many pictures for the mountain was very scenic.
Later, more and more people started coming and we decided to move on (actually off the mountain). We chose to take a cable car on our way down to save time and efforts.
We had a short rest at the hostel which prepared us for another hill climb. Yes, another citadel on the hill. Brașov was too a fortress city once and remains of the fortification can be seen on the hill across the central park. It was first built in 16th century and renovated many times with bastions and other protecting walls.
Nowadays the fortress is turned into a restaurant called “Cetate”. Cetaţuia in Romanian means a citadel. So the name made sense. The climate was just perfect and the view spectacular. We decided to take a stroll along the fortification before leaving the hill.
We pleased ourselves with Covrigi (was very similar to doughnut) , a typical Romanian savoury as we kicked off site seeing in the city (oh yes, it was too much for legs by then, so kicked off)
Alley behind the wall is a collection of medieval monuments of ancient fortified city of Brașov. It consists of four important sites: the black church, the white church (no racism intended or implied), the graft bastions and Promenada Warthe!
Biserica Neagra which means “The Black Church”, it is a celebrated church showcasing Gothic architecture. The building dates from 1477, when it replaced an older church (demolished around 1385). It has acquired the name after being blackened by smoke from the great fire of 1689
Turnul Alb : The white church
Bastionul graft: The graft bastion was built towards strengthening the defence of the city in 16th century.
Promenada Warthe : yet another hill, we decided to skip this one.
The city hall of Brașov was beautiful and so was the court of the city. The sculpture of the Lupa (she-wolf with baby boys) is also installed in Brașov as if it were written in a Romanian constitution.
The garden in the middle of the city was a treat to our eyes.
There were couple of other things which caught our attention and occupied some memory of cameras.
For dinner we revisited the yesterday’s restaurant and chose to sit in the terrace. We had Ursus (a local beer) and Ciorbă (a soup). During dinner we witnessed an amusing chase of a pet squirrel (who escaped from the cage) by its owner. The squirrel once passed by our table but we did not want to move, for our legs had done enough work for the day and it was all worth it. The mountain, the hill and the medieval Brașov !