We arrived in Sinaia around 1pm and checked into our hotel. Then we went on a four hour walking tour. Some of the pictures are at http://picasaweb.google.com/nundabud/SinaiaRomania#
I may add a few more photos. I have one of a poster saying Beware of Bears. Sinaia is a city created around a royal palace and is a favorite place for Romanians and many tourists to visit. To read the history of the Romanian Monarchy is quite interesting. The first king, Carol I was a Hapsburg and his offspring populated palaces around Europe. It is a city in the mountains and people use it year round; in the winter it is a popular ski spot. We did a lot of uphill walking and passed various roadside merchants selling a wide range of products. The embrodery is really beautiful. One woman was very insistent that I should by an embroidered table cloth. Her refrain "ten dollars" - it really was worth it but my decor doesn't lend itself to embroidered tablecloths. The crochet work is also very beautiful. We looked at the main palace and then did a small tour of a smaller palace built by some of the royal children who found the main palace too much. We wandered up to a Romanian Orthodox monastery. They don't allow pictures inside churches which is a pity because we've seen some magnificent churches.
After our palace tour, we walked back downtown and found a restaurant called Steak. I found out that here steak can mean any kind of meat. I had bean soup with smoked ham and chicken with red beans and a lot of garlic slices. Florin had lamb chops, and a salad. We drank a dry Romanian red wine. Then we walked back to the hotel and have been in the lobby catching up on email and blogs.
This has been a marvelous weekend. We will either take a train back to Bucharest tomorrow or a maxi taxi depending on whether there's a general strike or not. Talk to you soon.