Posted on Jul 02, 2013 by
Hi, Michael and all -
Here`s a definite "Yes, GO!" recommendation for Romania, specifically Transylvania, a place I love dearly. The tour company you referenced offers some splendid trips - itinerary for the cycling trip feature most of the places I`d suggest seeing.
For a glimpse of the Transylvania I know best, look at the picture of "Rimitea" on the bike tour page - it`s called Torocko in Hungarian - most of the population in that part of Romania is Hungarian-ethnic - and it`s about 2 km from Torockosentgyorgy, an even smaller village where my Unitarian church here in Washington has a partner church. The mountain behind Rimitea is the major local feature - you can hike up to the top for a wonderful view over the valley. And don`t miss the ruined castle that overlooks the valley on the other side, also accessible by foot. And the Torda Gorge (Turda in Romanian) is spectacular as advertised - well worth visiting.
Oh my - it`s lovely to see those pictures. Go and enjoy - one of the best things about Transylvania is that sprawl hasn`t hit yet. People are infinitely hospitable, the food is plain but good and fresh, and you`ll feel you are in a really different part of the world.
One caveat - while main roads are fairly good, side roads are mostly in disrepair ("We don`t have potholes - we have tank traps," says one of my Transylvanian acquaintances) so if you choose a bike trip, be prepared for rough conditions.
Julie (happy to be back from Paris, although Seattle is cold and rainy and snowy!)