Another day in Transylvania, another medieval walled city – though by the end of the day we’d be in two. It didn’t take us long to arrive in Sibiu, pronounced si (as in sit) - byew. It is a modern city of just over 150,000 with an old walled town in the middle. We headed past the new buildings to the inner, old town, where the buildings sport windows that are topped by roofing that makes them look like hooded eyes. This style is apparently unique to Sibiu. Everyone else found it just a tad too creepy to imitate.
|They watch you wherever you go.|
Transylvania was governed by many rulers over the centuries, controlled at various times by men and women of various nationalities and tongues. Sibiu is the current Romanian name evoking the old Romanian village name of Cibinium. German-speaking people (so-called Saxons) from the northwest moved into south Transylvania in the 12th century and by the 17th and 18th century the region was in their hands. They called Sibiu Hermannstadt and gave it high walls with 39 towers and four corner structures called bastions that were each guarded by members of the town’s 19 guilds. The town fell under Habsburg rule for periods during the 18th and 19th centuries, and these rulers placed the
|fish-eyed view of Sibiu|
There is a little lake in the middle, and peasant homes and farm buildings and sheepfolds and various kinds of mills are situated all around it, with inadequately short descriptions in Romanian and English. But it was really pretty and green, and though it was very hot it was cooler than it would be anywhere else but our car. At a food area under the trees, Lucyna had a dessert that she recalled fondly every day after: they were called pancakes, but really they were freshly baked cake donuts stuffed with fruit jelly and slathered with whipped sweet cream.
|deep in prayerful thanksgiving|
After going to the park's "Popular Art Gallery," which doubles as the gift shop, we set out on the road again. The plan was to stay in a nice place, preferably another pensiunea, preferably one with air conditioning.