I am always a bit nervous of travelling to new places as I am recovering from cancer treatment and find ordinary, mundane things hard work. But I needn't have worried - Di sent regular answers to my questions and Jez went above and beyond to make sure I could cope with everything. It was an amazing experience. I love my 'sunbed with nothing to do all day' holidays but they all seem to merge into one in the memory and I wanted to have a holiday which was really memorable and would never be forgotten. I'll put my comments into sections so you can read the ones you want to.
Di was amazing - the holiday was easy to book and the advice was forthcoming. We were updated on weather, what to bring and asked for a list of food likes and dislikes. Every small question was dealt with promptly by email. All our worries about the cold, what currency to take, amount of walking etc was sorted out.
Flight - Whizz Air - Luton to Tirgu Mures
Never heard of Whizz Air so was slightly concerned. On the other hand, I had never heard of any major incidents involving Whizz Air either. The flight was great - comfortable and speedy - 2.5 hours there. Flying into Tirgu Mures seemed a much better option than going with another company to Bucharest and incurring long hours in a minibus.
Jez was there to greet us and we were soon on our way to our first tour - no minute of the day is wasted - unless you insist you need a rest!
Amazing. Di had taken on board all our likes and dislikes and it was lovely to have our meals cooked for us. The food was cordon bleu standard but roadside cafe portions - PERFECT! I've never tasted such delicious food before - two pepper soup, delicious bread, three massive quiches (between four people) lovely salads, fruit salad, fish with amazing sauces, roast pork like you have never tasted before, fresh vegetables, amazing breakfasts cooked to order with a choice of at least 8 items on the cooked breakfast, freshly perculated coffee, fresh juice, ..... I never wanted to leave.
We were also taken to two of the best restaurants in Sibiu - all at no extra cost. Both were wonderful experiences and Jez was great at giving suggestions on what to try. Think large wooden halls with log fires and waiting staff in traditional dress!
We stayed in the village and had our own little house for the four of us. This was perfect. It was warm, comfy with walk in showers and a kitchen to make hot drinks. But to be honest, we were really busy and didn't use the rooms much!!!!!!!
The Lancaster pub is lovely and cosy and a great place to gather at the end of the day for a debrief and a relaxing drink. It has wi-fi which made it easy for us to catch up with the kids at home. There's a great choice of drinks and if what you want isn't there, Jez offered to go and buy for you. Drinks with meals were included but all other drinks were very reasonably priced at a pound each.
Amazing trips - all tailor made to your needs. We went to Dracula's birthplace which was sited in a really lovely village. The church was worth a visit. (The steps were hard work!) We went to Bram castle and a military castle - really good trips with great souvenir buying opportunities.
I never ever thought I would see a stork's nest with a stork in it! And it was the first sighting of a stork this Spring!
The souvenirs at Bram castle were good - silly hats, woollen slippers, scarves, wooden items. The mall was worth a visit -we went on a day they were giving out free apricot cake! We visited the carboot/market - that was a great experience - seeing the clothes, live chickens, turkeys, puppies - tractor engines.....
The Ice Hotel
What an experience!!!!!!!!!! Never to be forgotten. I love sleeping in the cold so it was perfect for me. It's fun to go on the cable car, to choose the rooms - Jez alwaystries to make sure his group are up to the top early so we get the first choice! The meal at the ice hotel was delicious. The visit to the ice church was lovely. The sleeping bag was warm enough - the tip to the toilet at 5.30 was a bit of a struggle - there was a heavy snowfall overnight making it hard to make out the path and the steps - but this just added to the memories and the excitement.
Suggested packing list for the icehotel for wimps who aren't sure of what to take!
ski jacket - mine was £30 in the sale
snow boots - £15
thermals - I forgot to pack mine but my friend found them useful
thick socks - think I wore two pairs
nice fluffy scarf
I had a ridiculous furry hat which kept me lovely and snug
I actually wore thick pyjamas to bed which was considered very unusual!
one of those lights on elastic you wear over your head - from the pound shop
balaclava if you are a total wimp
If you want something that is different, unique, a talking point, memorable, enjoyable, a bit of a challenge .... SECRET TRANSYLVANIA HOLIDAY IS THE WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!
Out of the four of us, one was half dead from chemo, one a pensioner with a bad back, one with a hangover from hell and one who had to put up with the rest of us - if we can survive and have a brilliant time so can anyone!!!!!!!!
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