Saturday Cycle ride in Essex villages

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง We cycled out of the beautiful historic village of Ingatestone with its 11th century church and cycled through the woods towards Highwood and then to the pretty village of Blackmore where we stopped for morning tea and cakes. Then through a series of little villages: Norton Heath, Willingdale, Fyfield (where we hadย  lunch at the Black Bull), Birds Green, Shellow Bowells(!), Roxwell, Newney Green, then past the Agricultural College and into towards Chelmsford on the lovely cycle path by the river. I wasย on the train that leaves Stratford at 9:25 getting…
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Sibiu

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด We arrived Sibiu late in the evening. It was raining heavily at that time . Our residence was just next to the historical center. I had one full day to spend in Sibiu, weather was fantastic. Initially I thought of visiting Lake Baleaย  and then cable car to waterfall and transfagarasan highway. Transfagarasan highway closes in November so there is no way to drive through. I latter decided to stay put and visit the historic center instead. I left my hotel after breakfast and left for Astra open air museum. The…
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Sighisoara and Viscri

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด This was our last day at Brasov. The day started sunny and bright. I went for a walk in the town. I crossed the town center walked toย Bastionul Graft, this is a part of the wall that once used to surround the city. Then I walked up the stairs to the upper tower .ย The White Tower (Turnul Alb) is located directly above the Bastionul Graft.ย Turnul Negru or black tower can also be reached from the canal path. This two towers were used once to keep watch on Brasov. I booked a…
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Bran Castle – The land of Dracula

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Bran Castle is one of the man touristic attraction in Romania. Transylvania is full of fortified castles and churches , so in that respect this castle is more of tourist trap. Bran castle was built somewhere between 1200 - 1300. It was used by different kingdoms In 15th century anglo-saxons based in Brasov got the possession of the castle when Hungarian kings failed to repay their loans. From 1920 it became royal residence of Romania. It became the favorite home and retreat of Queen Marie, who ordered its extensive renovation conducted…
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Braศ™ov

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด I decided to skip Bucharest and head straight for Brasov. Brasov is considered the outdoor capital of Romania and can be a good base for Transylvania . Travelling with 1 year old baby makes travel planning very hard , so I decided to take it slow this time but still it was harder than I imagined. The flight to Bucharest from London was 4.5 hours. We took the train from Bucharest Nord at 17.45 . The train ride was supposed to be just over 2.5 hours but due an incident on…
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