Sinaia Journals

Romania: A Step Back in Time, Part I

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A May 2006 trip to Sinaia by UK Flower Girl

Walking to Peleş Castle from the car park Photo, Sinaia, Romania More Photos
Quote: Part one of our 4-day Romanian holiday. We start in Sinaia with a castle, a cable car, and a monastery.

Romania: A Step Back in Time, Part I

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Overview

Sinaia Monestary (Mănăstirea) Photo, Sinaia, Romania
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Dubbed "Pearl of the Carpathians", the small, but spread out town of Sinaia is nestled in the narrow Prahova Valley and hosts some of Romania’s best skiing and one of the country’s best palaces, Peleş Castle. It lies at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains at an elevation of 767-860m and is certainly not your typical touristy ski area.If you don’t come for the skiing, there are plenty of other things to keep you busy in this town. There is the Sinaia Casino modeled after the grand Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. Peles Caslte, Pelişor Castle, and the Foisorul Hunting Lodge are all located within walking distance from each other and will fulfill your need to view how the rich lived in Romania. The...Read More

Hotel Confort

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Hotel

Hotel Confort Photo, Bucharest, Romania
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Our flight arrived into Bucharest’s Otopeni Airport after midnight so the hotel didn’t matter that much. Hotel Confort’s location and airport shuttle service meant more than other comforts we might have otherwise chosen. Bookings.org offered this hotel for 54€, less than the hotel’s price. Breakfast cost an additional 6€, definitely worth it considering we had no idea where to start looking for breakfast elsewhere.I emailed the hotel a week before our trip to confirm there would be someone to meet us that evening. I didn’t want to be stuck at the airport at midnight without a car or any idea of where I was going. Turns out there were taxis everywhere, but thankfully we didn’t have to ...Read More

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Hotel Confort
255 A Calea Bucurestilor
Sinaia, Romania
+40 213504110

Sinaia Monestary (Mănăstirea)

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Attraction | "Mănăstirea Sinaia"

Sinaia Monestary (Mănăstirea) Photo, Sinaia, Romania
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Mănăstirea Sinaia is named after the Biblical Mount Sinai. It was founded in 1695 by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino and is currently inhabited by 20 Christian Orthodox monks. Two beautiful churches grace the monastery, Biserica Veche (the Old Church) and Biserica Mare (the Great Church). The former being built in 1695 and the latter in 1846—both built in the Byzantine style....Read More

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Sinaia Monestary (Mănăstirea)
Str. Mănăstirii, 2
Sinaia, Romania

Reaching New Heights in Sinaia

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Story/Tip

Sinaia Cable Car Photo,
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After lunch, the first thing on the agenda was Peleş Castle. After accidentally driving by it the first time, we continued on the winding roads towards the cable car station Cota 1400. You can take the cable car from Sinaia town just behind Hotel New Montana on the main street, B-dul Carol I, or drive up to the next stage, Cota 1400, and take it from there. At first we planned on just taking a look around since we needed to save time for the Castle. Tom, being sometimes overly safety-conscious, wasn’t all that keen on taking a Romanian cable car anyways. It seems in Romania that whenever you see a parking space that appears to be free an "attendant" appears out of nowhere quoting park...Read More

Castelul Peleş

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Story/Tip

Peleş Castle Photo, Sinaia, Romania
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After our quick ride on the cable car we rushed back down to Sinaia to see Peleş Castle and the Sinaia Monastery. Our guide book noted that the castle was open until 5pm and it was only around 3:30 when we parked in the small parking area near the monastery. After a brief visit to the monastery, we found the road/path with a rickety sign pointing towards Muzeul Peleş which we assumed was the castle. In fact, it was the only sign I saw for the Castle anywhere in Sinaia.This road, looking badly decayed (or never finished?) at the start, leads from a small parking area down a leafy wooded path towards the castle. After a couple of minutes you reach a "market" area with stalls selling chea...Read More

Casa Noastra Restaurant

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Tom eating lunch Photo, Sinaia, Romania
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Sinaia was the first town of any size we passed through to this point. Our stomachs indicated the need for food, so this was as good a place as any to stop and find our first meal. The main street, B-dul Carol I, is lined with restaurants and shopping and you will be sure to find something in this area.It is very difficult to choose a place to eat when you have no decent recommendations and you don’t speak the language. So, we did the next best thing and chose a place that looked pretty from the outside. Casa Noastra, part of Pensiunea Casa Noastra, is a pretty three-level, open-air wooden structure located right on the main street through town. A small car park situated off to the si...Read More

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UK Flower Girl

UK Flower Girl
Sydney, Australia