My Trip Around Romania

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My Trip Around Romania

Post by undersiege » 17 Dec 2008, 21:10

Greetings All and special thanks to Popescu. :salute

I am heading to Brasov, starting next week from the UK. I intend to cross from Hungary and I see that I have the option of coming in on the E68 or E60. Any thoughts or preferences from members of the forum that know the roads? I gather that the border will be busy - so again any ideas on the best border crossing (ie shorter waiting time?).

I want to travel through Sibiu and then across to the Brasov region. From Brasov I was thinking to head up the E574 linking on to the E85 and finally exit Romania into the Ukraine. Basically I am interested in the Mountainous regions of Transylvania and particularly want to look at areas popular with tourists for commercial reasons. I would welcome any comments on my proposed route - suggestions for things not to be missed.

We (myself and my wife) love to cook with local specialities and I also look forward to tasting Romanian Red Wines. Any wine enthusiasts want to point me to a couple of labels of the good stuff? Are there any markets at this time of the year along the route?

Some practical questions:
1) Any grey (sewerage) water dumps along the route?
2) How easy/difficult is it to top up my tanks with water along the route?
3) Any tips on traffic police in Romania :mrgreen: ?

regards

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Re: My Trip Around Romania

Post by Popescu CV » 18 Dec 2008, 11:05

Urmeaza o traducere a mesajului de mai sus:
undersiege wrote:Greetings All and special thanks to Popescu. :salute

I am heading to Brasov, starting next week from the UK. I intend to cross from Hungary and I see that I have the option of coming in on the E68 or E60. Any thoughts or preferences from members of the forum that know the roads? I gather that the border will be busy - so again any ideas on the best border crossing (ie shorter waiting time?).

I want to travel through Sibiu and then across to the Brasov region. From Brasov I was thinking to head up the E574 linking on to the E85 and finally exit Romania into the Ukraine. Basically I am interested in the Mountainous regions of Transylvania and particularly want to look at areas popular with tourists for commercial reasons. I would welcome any comments on my proposed route - suggestions for things not to be missed.

We (myself and my wife) love to cook with local specialities and I also look forward to tasting Romanian Red Wines. Any wine enthusiasts want to point me to a couple of labels of the good stuff? Are there any markets at this time of the year along the route?

Some practical questions:
1) Any grey (sewerage) water dumps along the route?
2) How easy/difficult is it to top up my tanks with water along the route?
3) Any tips on traffic police in Romania :mrgreen: ?

regards

Undersiege

I'll try to adapt a translation for those who don't speak English.

"Salut tuturor,
Saptamana viitoare plec din Anglia catre Brasov. Intentionez sa traversez Ungaria si sa vad apoi ce optiuni am de a intra in Romania, E68 sau E60. Dintre cei care cunosc drumurile, este cineva care sa-mi spuna pe care dintre cele doua ar trebui sa aleg? tinand cont ca vama va fi aglomerata- deci inca odata pe unde credeti ca pot intra in tara si sa astept mai putin la granita.

Vreau sa trec prin Sibiu si apoi sa ma indrept catre Brasov. Din Brasov ma gandesc sa o iau pe E574 cu legatura la E85 pentru ca in final sa ies din Romania catre Ukraina. In principiu sunt interesat de regiunile muntoase din Transilvania si in mod expres caut locurile populare pentru/cu turisti, din motive comerciale. Voi aprecia orice comentariu cu privire la ruta propusa si sugestii cu privire la ceea ce nu trebuie omis.

Noua (mie si sotiei mele) ne place sa gatim cu specialitati locale si deasemenea deabea astept sa gust vinul rosu Romanesc.
Cunoscatorii pot sa-mi sugereze anumite marci de vin de buna calitate pe care sa le incerc?
In acest moment al anului exista vreun targ (piata) dea-lungul rutei mele?

Cateva intrebari practice:
1. Ce posibilitati am dea-lungul rutei pentru golirea rezervoarelor de apa murdara si a WC-ului?
2. Cat de usor/dificil este pentru ca de-lungul rutei sa-mi reumplu rezervoarele de apa?
3. Ceva sfaturi in trefic privind politia rutiera? :mrgreen:

Cu bine
Undersiege"


Rog pe cei ce pot raspunde la cele de mai sus sa o faca chiar si in Romana iar eu le voi traduce in Engleza pentru Undersiege.
Haideti sa dovedim ca suntem Romani si stim cum sa primim oaspeti !! :thumbup:
Poate data viitoare noi vom fi cei care sa cerem indrumari.

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Re: My Trip Around Romania

Post by Speedy » 18 Dec 2008, 23:16

Salut la toata lumea!
Prieteni rulotisti haideti sa dam o mana de ajutor si pentru Undersiege,chiar daca este englez ii putem furniza niste informatii care nu ne costa nimic,doar putin timp pe care cu siguranta il vom gasi pt.a scrie cateva randuri iar d-nul Catalin Popescu se ofera sa le traduca in engleza.
Fac apel la colegii din vestul tarii si mai ales la cei care locuiesc in apropierea punctelor de trecere a frontierei pentru a ne spune daca au inceput cozile specifice la intrarea in tara,starea drumurilor si punctele de interes turistic din zonele respective sau orice alta informatie pe care o credeti utila.
Acest om are nevoie doar de informatii de la noi,haideti sa dovedim ca stim sa dam dovada de ospitalitatea specific romaneasca.Haideti sa dam dovada de prietenie si pot sa spun chiar de omenie.Stiu ca in aceasta perioada toti sintem ocupati cu pregatirile specifice lunii Decembrie,dar 5-10 minute putem gasi pt.a scrie cateva randuri.Poate unii dintre noi au fost in vacante,plimbari sau chiar cu serviciul vestul tarii si in Transilvania si pot spune ce le-a placut si ce nu si astea sint informatii pretioase pt.un om care ne viziteaza pt.prima data tara si sa nu uitam ca ne-am inscris pe acest forum pt.ca iubim rulotismul,calatoriile si natura si poate candva vom avea si noi nevoie de informatii.
Trabantistii se ajuta unul pe altul la nevoie si se saluta in trafic fara sa se cunoasca,motocilistii la fel noi rulotistii haideti sa ne ajutam macar cu informatii.Haideti sa fim si noi o comunitate,cea a rulotistilor si a iubitorilor de natura si drumetii.
Astept postarile voastre !

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Re: My Trip Around Romania

Post by Speedy » 18 Dec 2008, 23:40

Din pacate eu nu-i pot furiza colegului nostru decit informatii despre vinurile noastre,despre licorile lui Bachus si il rog pe d-nul Catalin sa-i traduca.
Recomand FETEASCA NEAGRA demisec si il caracterizez ca fiind un vin puternic,barbatesc un vin care datorita tariei (trebuie sa aiba musai 11 grade ) si fortei pe care il are mai mult se savureaza decat sa se bea si se bea cu moderatie ca altfel.......
Recomand Busuioaca de Bohotin roze demidulce ca fiind un vin desert,cu un buchet si o aroma deosebita. La capitolul tari puternice mai recomand Murfatlar rosu 0,75 litri are o savoare deosebita.Aceste vinuri cu exceptia Busuioaca se beau sec nu spritz.Ii recomand in general vinuri imbuteliate la 0,75 litri cu o tarie de 11grade mai vechi de trei ani si care sa coste incepand de la minimum 15 lei sticla in sus.
Hai ca mi-am facut pofta singur, ma duc sa-mi torn un pahar,va las acum si va astept sa veniti cu informatii. :lol: :lol:

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Re: My Trip Around Romania

Post by Popescu CV » 19 Dec 2008, 12:49

Helo,
I recomand this route:
E60-Oradea-E79-Dr.Petru Groza-DN75-Turda-E60-Tg.Mures-Sighisoara-DN14-Medias-DN14-Sibiu-DN1-Brasov...

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Re: My Trip Around Romania

Post by Liviu » 19 Dec 2008, 15:32

For "undersiege" : :salute
Hello and welcome to Romania!... in advance... have a nice journey!
Other than these greetings:
1. why in the world do you think that a trip to Ukraine is worthwhile when you could have the time of your life in Romania?
2. where are you entering in Romania? it is Arad? If so, ask for the Recas wine and/or Minis. :thumbup: But if you travel through Transilvania you have to try the Tzuika or Palinca, Romanian genuine fine alcoholic drink, up to 65 degrees alcohol, traditionally made from plums; as alternative, peer, apple, grape tuica exists as well! :yellow
3. don't worry about the traffic police in Romania. It is not worse than anywhere in Europe.
Don't forget..... Romania is one of the best destination in Europe and if there is any think I can do for you, call me.+40744893670 (I'm on the net quite rear and I'll be in Bucharest until Dec. 29).

:merryxmas

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Post by Popescu CV » 19 Dec 2008, 17:37

I am totaly agree with Liviu :thumbup: and now some places do not miss:
From Oradea before Dr.Petru Groza. City at Sudrigiu you can go on DJ 763 for 16Km to see bear cave. One of the most beautiful cave in Europe. GPS data : 46.55460 - 2256960
After that you came back on E79 and at Dr.Petru Groza City turn on DN75 to see Aries Valley.
It is one of the most beautiful zone. At Garda de Sus you can camp at "Mama Uta" camping. From there, is good you can go on foot to see "Scarisoara Cave".
Near Turda City are "Cheile Turzii" gorge.
Sighisoara City a very old fortress-city. You must see it.
Near Sibiu You mast visit "Dumbrava Sibiului" a huge museum with houses from all over Romania Country and people who live in that houses and work Romanian popular art.
Near Sibiu is Paltinis, tourist resort,were you can ski.
From Sibiu to Brasov it is a road that we coll "Transfagarasanul".You can make a visit to Balea waterfall and if it is possible from there to Balea Lake.
I have no idea how many time do you intend to stay in Romania but I am sure that it is not enough :) You can see picture from this route, here on campervan.ro

In one previous reply, Cristi Dronca, advice you about the red wine.
He said to try "Feteasca Neagra" (Look after D.O.C.C. on the bottle), a very strong wine 11 degrees, "Busuioaca de Bohotin" and "Murfatlar"
I recomand you "Cabernet Sovignon" made in "Dealu Mare", is the best. And of course any home made wine or Tzuica, Palinca. You can taste it before buying it.

About grey water I think you can dump it only on camping site and may be at petrol stations. Or in the corn field :)
Fresh water you can take from camping or from any house you can ask for fresh water.
About police, they are quasi non-existent, accept radar detector and video camera (you must have Romanian POI on your GPS and Radar detector which is permitted in Romania). The road traffic in Romania is difficult because no one respect rules. You must also take care about animals on road. Drive with careful.

Have a nice trip :salute

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Re: My Trip Around Romania

Post by undersiege » 19 Dec 2008, 21:16

Fantastic!! :thankyouyellow :bravo

I am overwhelmed with the responses and thank you all for the excellent advice and offers of hospitality and assistance. I will post reports of my travels as I go along, particularly with my comments on the fine wines and alcohol suggested by several members. :seeingstars

Liviu, I will only really travel back through Ukraine out of curiosity - I will not spend any time there really. I take your word for it that Romania is the best place on earth!

Poepscu, I am not sure I am willing to enrage a farmer by dumping my grey water in his corn field?? :shock:

Christi - I need to translate - is there any type of on-line translation medium for Romanian to English? Reading the Romanian, however, I am fascinated that quite a bit is understandable

Thanks and regards :santa

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Post by Popescu CV » 19 Dec 2008, 22:06

About the cornfield, :) I make a joke.
For Translations, I make it.
"
Cristi Dronca wrote:Din pacate eu nu-i pot furiza colegului nostru decit informatii despre vinurile noastre,despre licorile lui Bachus si il rog pe d-nul Catalin sa-i traduca.
Recomand FETEASCA NEAGRA demisec si il caracterizez ca fiind un vin puternic,barbatesc un vin care datorita tariei (trebuie sa aiba musai 11 grade ) si fortei pe care il are mai mult se savureaza decat sa se bea si se bea cu moderatie ca altfel.......
Recomand Busuioaca de Bohotin roze demidulce ca fiind un vin desert,cu un buchet si o aroma deosebita. La capitolul tari puternice mai recomand Murfatlar rosu 0,75 litri are o savoare deosebita.Aceste vinuri cu exceptia Busuioaca se beau sec nu spritz.Ii recomand in general vinuri imbuteliate la 0,75 litri cu o tarie de 11grade mai vechi de trei ani si care sa coste incepand de la minimum 15 lei sticla in sus.
Hai ca mi-am facut pofta singur, ma duc sa-mi torn un pahar,va las acum si va astept sa veniti cu informatii. :lol: :lol:
Unfortunately I can give informations only about Romanian vine, Bachus liqueur ..
I recommend FETEASCA NEAGRA semi dry which I characterized as a strong vine, pendant which mus6t be relishing because it is too strong (11 degrees) and it must be drink with moderation or..........
I recommend Busuioaca de Bohotin semisweet pink colour good for desert, with a special taste and aroma. About strong red vine I recommend also Murfatlar, o,75ml bottle, with an original flavour. This wine, except Busuioaca must be drink dry with no water. I recommend 0,75ml bottle and minimum 3 years old and the price must be from 15 Lei up.
I did lust and now I must go and drink some vine "

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Re: My Trip Around Romania

Post by undersiege » 03 Jan 2009, 23:53

Hi All

I have completed a fantastic "quick tour" of Romania. I could not take up all suggestions, kindly made by members since my time was short and my main motivation to quickly explore commercial investment opportunities. We came in at Oradea and travelled via small villages (skittering in the snow) to Cluj and wildcamped in Turda. after inspecting the salt-mines (salineas Turda) we went down to the Corvin castle near Deva - very spectacular alongside a memorial of industrial brutality from the Soviet era.

On our travel in to Sibiu in the South we were somewhat shocked at the aggressive driving - we guess you must be used to it. Explored the fleshpots of Sibiu and then on to Brasov where we were overwhelmed by the numbers of people, traffic choked and snow flying - we fled to Bran enjoying the route through Cristian and other towns very much. Our time in Bran was opportunistic and the castle was anyway closed. We went back to Brasov and enjoyed the evening in the old town before pressing on.

After that we headed North to the Maramures and were greatly entranced by the wild Mountains and Valleys. On stopping to make breakfast we were invited into a Cabana Rustica by a retired Naval Officer and sipped herbal mountain tea and then exchanged gifts of alcohol. We will definitely be back for a longer time and deeper exploration. :camptrailer

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