CARPATHIAN CULTURE AND WILDLIFE

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

I really enjoyed the horse and cart ride, actually. Doesn't sound that inspirational, but I was worried it would feel a bit kitsch, something put on for us because we were visitors. How wrong I was! We were passed by no less than three working horse and carts during the first half an hour, carrying bales of hay driven by fathers and sons. And all the animals are really well looked after, healthy and happy working animals.  The Saxon village was wonderful. We ate lunch there, and the wine (homebrew of course) was so good we bought several bottles to take home. You could see the grapes growing on the trellis.

What did you think of your group leader?

Cosmin was superb. He had a great sense of humour and was very good at looking out for us all. 

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The weather is changeable in the mountains so come prepared for all eventualities! Even if it's boiling hot a rain shower can come rolling in in a matter of minutes (as I learned when I left my coat behind). 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

With the exception of Bran Castle, there is very little here that could be called touristy, which I loved. Very rural. Expect everyone to be friendly and happy to chat and smile with you even though you don't share a single word of each other's languages.