An invitation to discover what Top Gear calls ‘the greatest driving road in the world’? And this in a Mazda MX-5, the car that in 2000 set the Guiness World Record of ‘Bestselling two-seater sports car”? Needless to say, that the available seats were quickly taken. WOWtrendmag also registered present.
There is a lot of enthusiasm amongst the invitees as Romania is a country few of us have ever visited. Apart from that the foresight of discovering the greatest driving road in the world with the new updated 4th generation of the Mazda MX-5 is thrilling for any car enthusiast.
After a two-hour flight from Brusssels (departure time 9:50) with Austrian Airlines we arrive in Vienna where we get into a smaller Bombardier propeller plane that takes us in 1,5 hours straight to Sibiu, a small town in Transylvania about 215 kilometers northwest from Bucharest. From the plane we get a fantastic view over the Carpathian Mountains that are forming a semi-circle around Transylvania.
During our twenty-minute drive to our hotel – the Hilton – we discover that the outskirts of Sibiu are everything but cozy with lots of shopping malls, car dealers and apartment buildings. Some of the neighborhoods and definitely the old center are very charming with beautiful orthodox churches and bright colored houses with roofs reminiscent of the gingerbread house from the Hansel and Gretel fairytale.
Roofs reminiscent of the gingerbread house from the Hansel and Gretel fairytale in Sibiu.
The Hilton hotel in Sibiu is a bit old, decorated in Rumanian style and lacking nice views but it’s without any doubt one of the best hotels in the area. After our check-in we head straight for the English bar, as we haven’t had lunch yet. “A César salad, please”, Pieter, one of the invitees, orders. “Which one you want?”, the Rumanian waitress replies: “With chicken, with tuna or the classic one”. Pieter looks at us as if he just saw a big Rumanian bear passing by. We look at one another, chuckle until Pieter firmly Replies: “The classic one, please”. We ourselves try the beef burger while other invitees try the mozzarella sticks and club sandwich but we would only recommend the chicken legs on the menu. They taste heavenly.
After some time in the luxurious spa of the hotel we meet up for dinner in Camara Boierului, that is the Rumanian restaurant of the hotel. Here we get served typical Rumanian food. As a starter we get platters with sausages, cold meat and cheese, salads, pickles, … and as main dish platters with warm meat and sausages – chicken and veal – polenta, rice and grilled vegetables. The dessert platters are very varied with cream filled dumplings, pastry filled with plum, apfelstrudel, … We discover that apart from the desserts we are not really a fan of the Rumanian kitchen, the good thing about this platter formula is that on any of the platters you will at least find one thing you like to eat.
During dinner we get a briefing about what next day will bring and what you have to pay attention to when driving the Transfagarasan Highway.
– Pay attention to the speed limits as speeding might cause you trouble with the police.
– Pay also attention to the fact that many unexpected circumstances can occur: dogs, sheep or deer crossing the roads, rocks falling down, people crossing, …
– Be aware that the further you approach the turning point of the route near Dracula’s castle, the worse road conditions get. All things we feel very okay to deal with… Read more in part 2 from this story.
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