Monday 22 August, 2011
Today I went on a day trip to Sinaia (supposedly named after a pilgrimage to Mt. Sinai by a city bigwig in the middle ages), one hour by train, to see Peles, the castle built by Carol I in the early 20th century as the Romanian monarchy was re-established after throwing off the Ottoman yoke. It is very pretty from the outside. Unfortunately I couldn’t go in (on the compulsory tour) because it is Monday, the day most museums in the Balkans are closed. I also saw the Sinaia monastery and Pelisor nearby. If Peles is a royal palace, then Pelisor is a bourgeois villa, but a tasteful one, in Art Nouveau style.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will go to Sighisoara (also in Transylvania, Romania), a couple of hours by train.