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Visiting Brasov - Driving to Ruse

[20 April 2012] Brasov is a delightful city, located in Transylvania near the centre of the country and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Our morning visit to Brasov brought us to the First Romanian School - and to a synagogue. From there, we set off for Ruse (where we were to begin our cruise on the Danube) and along the way, we observed and noted the styles of buildings and types of terrain in southern Romania. A fascinating drive and an educational one, too . . . as we made our way through the mountains - via Bucharest once more - and so to the mighty River Danube.
Morning mist below Brasov's mountain
Morning mist below Brasov's mountain
A quiet park and a local monument
A quiet park and a local monument
Classic building and playing field
Classic building and playing field
Amazing architecture in old Brasov
Amazing architecture in old Brasov
Spring flowering trees in old Brasov
Spring flowering trees in old Brasov
Unique architecture in Romanian Brasov
Unique architecture in Romanian Brasov
Wartime memorial and faded glory
Wartime memorial and faded glory
Elegant spire of St. Nicholas church
Elegant spire of St. Nicholas church
Carved wooden cross at St. Nicholas church
Carved wooden cross at St. Nicholas church
We've come to visit the First Romanian School
We've come to visit the First Romanian School
The Romanian flag displayed above the school door
The Romanian flag displayed above the school door
First Romanian School dates from 1495, rebuilt in 1761
First Romanian School dates from 1495, rebuilt in 1761
Artifacts from long ago - pupils' slates, the abacus - and the cane!
Artifacts from long ago - pupils' slates, the abacus - and the cane!
Professor Priest Vasile Oltean demonstrates the old printing press
Professor Priest Vasile Oltean demonstrates the old printing press
Vintage Romanian costumes on display
Vintage Romanian costumes on display
Murals line the pathway to the First Romanian School
Murals line the pathway to the First Romanian School
Colourful flowers in the local market nearby
Colourful flowers in the local market nearby
The ancient city of Brasov has many fine buildings
The ancient city of Brasov has many fine buildings
Grand 16th & 17th century buildings line the streets
Grand 16th & 17th century buildings line the streets
Church spires and towers create a pleasing vista
Church spires and towers create a pleasing vista
The Synagogue in Brasov dates from the late 19th century
The Synagogue in Brasov dates from the late 19th century
Some of the history of the Synagogue
Some of the history of the Synagogue
Inside, it is light and beautiful
Inside, it is light and beautiful
Wonderful, original tile covered stove
Wonderful, original tile covered stove
They're not afraid to use colour in this part of the world!
They're not afraid to use colour in this part of the world!
Architectural details are a delight to my Western eyes
Architectural details are a delight to my Western eyes
A once grand old mansion on the outskirts of town
A once grand old mansion on the outskirts of town
We kept seeing these little roadside burial grounds
We kept seeing these little roadside burial grounds
A grand mountain resort hotel outside of Brasov
A grand mountain resort hotel outside of Brasov
An ultra modern church seen along the road to Ruse
An ultra modern church seen along the road to Ruse
Snow on the mountains make this a winter holiday area
Snow on the mountains make this a winter holiday area
There's something so odd about a Coca-Cola sign and that roof style!
There's something so odd about a Coca-Cola sign and that roof style!
The Carpathian Mountains lined our route the whole way
The Carpathian Mountains lined our route the whole way
Seldom have I seen such a magnificent roof on a railway station!
Seldom have I seen such a magnificent roof on a railway station!
This amazing wall of glass (a factory...?) ran on and on . . .
This amazing wall of glass (a factory...?) ran on and on . . .
Apartments in the country - and every one with a TV dish
Apartments in the country - and every one with a TV dish
Those tall, spooky towers seem to be the norm around here
Those tall, spooky towers seem to be the norm around here
Is it a new one going up...? or an old one being renovated...?
Is it a new one going up...? or an old one being renovated...?
There is that very strange symbol in central Bucharest
There is that very strange symbol in central Bucharest
Here's Romania's Arc du Triumph in central Bucharest again -
Here's Romania's Arc du Triumph in central Bucharest again -
An elegant and elaborate gateway - caught from the coach
An elegant and elaborate gateway - caught from the coach
A simple white church, somewhere in the city of Bucharest
A simple white church, somewhere in the city of Bucharest
A once grand edifice - now sadly covered in graffeti
A once grand edifice - now sadly covered in graffeti
Hardly anyone needs to be told what this is . ..  do they . . .?
Hardly anyone needs to be told what this is . .. do they . . .?
More of Bucharest's grand and impressive architecture
More of Bucharest's grand and impressive architecture
Love that witch's hat on top of this tower!
Love that witch's hat on top of this tower!
Waiting for his tram - going home after shopping . .
Waiting for his tram - going home after shopping . .
Public transport in Romania uses trams, buses, trains, etc.
Public transport in Romania uses trams, buses, trains, etc.
Three towers of a church in a tangle of tram and city wires
Three towers of a church in a tangle of tram and city wires
A busy produce market serves the homeward bound
A busy produce market serves the homeward bound
Grim soviet style apartment blocks still in use
Grim soviet style apartment blocks still in use
So wonderfully Over-the-Top - you have to admire it, really!
So wonderfully Over-the-Top - you have to admire it, really!
Modern housing on the edge of town looks more familiar
Modern housing on the edge of town looks more familiar
Another heroic figure on another monument points the way
Another heroic figure on another monument points the way
Here we are at the border crossing with Bulgaria once more
Here we are at the border crossing with Bulgaria once more
Spring cannot be denied, even in an industrial site
Spring cannot be denied, even in an industrial site
A modern building in downtown Ruse
A modern building in downtown Ruse
A more pleasant housing estate with green park surround
A more pleasant housing estate with green park surround
Elegant old buildings line the downtown streets of Ruse
Elegant old buildings line the downtown streets of Ruse
Yet another heroic figure on another warlike monument
Yet another heroic figure on another warlike monument