I've always enjoyed planning our family holidays, from researching destinations to booking the travel and accommodation and getting us all there and back in one piece... However last year we spent two wonderful weeks being utterly spoilt by Jez and Di, and the rest of the gang at Secret Transylvania. They made it all to easy from start to finish. In short..They have ruined us!
Try as we might, we just couldn’t settle on anything that we felt would match up to what we’d experienced with them in 2011. (Reviewed separately on this site).
Returning to the same place, especially on consecutive years is not something we usually do, but eventually we succumbed to the inevitable and excitedly signed up for another fortnight of their superb brand of hospitality.
During our first stay in 2011 we covered a lot of ground and saw most of the major points of interest, i.e. Sighisoara, Bran Castle, Mud Baths, Bear Watching, Poinari Castle, Transfagaras Highway as well as things closer to home such as the Astra open air museum, Sibiel glass icon museum and of course Sibiu itself.
This time we didn’t want to repeat the same trips and decided that we’d like to take it all a bit easier and spend a more time relaxing by the pool, reading etc.. (never more than 2-3 hours of course, cos we don’t do that sort of thing).
Our bespoke itinerary included local walks, as well as one spectacular ridge walk in the high Transfagaras mountains.
Cycling down the Sadu valley past herds of wandering and wallowing water buffalo.
Quad biking, Shooting/archery, Power Kiting and trips out to castles, monasteries and of course the old Transylvanian speciality, fortified churches.
The Mystery Tour was also very, very, special but I’m sworn to secrecy I’m afraid... If you are “lucky” it might rain one day whilst you’re there and you will get a real surprise!
For those of you “in the know”, Jez is a keen Geocacher and the local countryside is and ideal playground for seasoned pro’s and interested newbies alike. The Landrover makes a great cachemobile... Check out GC3TRKG on www.geocaching.com
Of course one of the main things that we returned for is Di’s cooking.. Seriously good and seriously large portions .. I once said in jest to Jez, “Two words Jez..Portion Control”.. he replied “Two words Dave..Not Interested” Having said that it is always delivered to the table for you to dish out for yourself, so portion control is really your own responsibility.. So bring plenty of will power.
We couldn’t possibly return for a third time, could we?
Do we have a choice?!?!?
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