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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Romania Day 1: Peles, Pelisor, The Country Hotel

After a long hard week of meetings, meetings and more meetings, we are going for our 3-day personal sponsored trip to see the REAL Romania. We rented a car and off to our trip! (Beware: Car rental in Romania is expensive.)

To be frank, Burcharest is pretty grey, dusty and boring. Maybe it is the constructions that seem to be everywhere or maybe it is the winter which makes trees bare and sky look grim.

But one will never know that just an hour plus drive to the mountains, things will be so different.... Sky is clearer, air is fresher, things seem to look nicer and the spirit seems to have been given the magic cure.

And the best of all, we have 2 great newly found friends as guides to accompany us - Razvan (our colleague in EMEA) and his girlfriend Anne. They are the sweetest people around.

The Travel Group: L., Chris, SL, Anna, Razvan
Spotted: Cool Wooden Mask @ Souvenir Stall enroute to Peles
Peles Castle - I used to though all castles are red or grey and gloomy. After seeing this castle, I have to say, I was so wrong. This castle has the class. What's inside is just as impressive - centralized heating, antique built in vacuum cleaner and elevator. Man, I am impressed.

Peles Castle
Pelisor - Built for the King's son. This is something like little Peles (thus, the post-fix "sor"). The rooms' designed some how remains me of our modern rooms.

The Country Hotel, Harman - Seriously, Harman is a not really well-known place, even colleagues in Burcharest have not heard of this tiny area. The Country Hotel is really hard to locate. There are no signs leading to the hotel and worse there are no signs on the hotel itself. Well, to be fair it is not really a hotel, it is actually and barn turned bread-and-breakfast house.

We arrived at night, had a tough time finding the place. At first look at the gates in the eerie quite night, it is hard to believe we are going to stay at this place for the night. (Were all the reviews faked?) We refused to believe that is the place and started circling around Harman for the "right" place. In the end, we were forced to accept the truth - the abandon-warehouse-look-alike building is THE Country Hotel. Razvan and I ventured to check out the place with a mindset of searching for another hotel. But once the owner, Marcella, opened the door, it is a different world inside. Man, we were relieved. Marcella is a design she showed us her showroom with pretty linen work. We had some red wine over a chat with her son before turning in.

So for the adventurous souls who are planning to go to Brasov - I will really recommend a stay in The Country Hotel.
The Country HotelThe Country Hotel - Gate The Country Hotel - Barn House

My Nice, Warm, Cosy Room

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