What better way to start the year than with a vacation. When everyone went back to work we actually went on a vacation.

Our mini vacation consisted of 4 days and 3 nights at Sinaia. I must say it turned out to be one of the best vacations ever. We went by train, it took us 2 hours to get there, and surprisingly the train got on time, no delay what so ever.

The weather there was beautiful: sunny, lots of snow and very, very cold.

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We planned on not doing much except eat, drink and sleep. And even so, on the first day we went by foot up to the cable car and from there up to 1400m. There we took photos with Lord, a beautiful Saint Bernard that we took photos with last year at Busteni.

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The owner was kind enough to let us take a few more personal pictures with the dog. Well, it wasn’t such a big request since we paid 20 Ron just for one photo.

Well, at 1400 m above sea level, if you don’t have a sledge, skies or a snowboard, there’s not much you can do. We actually stopped and ate lunch but when the bill came we had the shock of our lives. Eating at high altitude is very expensive.

The next day it was cloudy and we decided to visit Pelisor Castle.

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We saw Peles Castle a few years ago, we really liked it even if the tour was 10 minutes long and they basically rushed us out so they can make time for the next tour. Well, at Pelisor it was the exact opposite.

Me and Johnny were the only ones visiting Pelisor at that time since everyone was heading for Peles. Basically, they gave us the go ahead to visit the castle at our own pace. They even begged us to take pictures, but we declined. It wasn’t that expensive to take pictures but we just wanted to enjoy the castle not having to worry if we took photos of this or that.

What I really loved at Pelisor were the painting of the french painter Marguerite (Gamy) Montaut. The paintings were in the children’s bedroom and they just caught my eyes. I’m actually thinking of reproducing a few of her paintings in stitching.

The interior of Pelisor was beautiful. Some of the rooms were amazing just by concept, leaving out all the decorative things.

On the third day we decided to brace ourselves and hit the high slopes at 2000m. We took again the cable car and basically we didn’t see anything besides fog. Yup, 2000m above the sea level and all around us just fog.

DSC00028It was disappointing since we were so high and we wanted to see the views and all around us was just white fog. When we found a place to eat we were even more shocked of the prices they had. Seriously, eating on top of the mountain its a very expensive hobby.

I’m not saying that we didn’t spent money in our 4 days at the mountain side (we spent a lot of money in 4 days), but seriously 25 RON for a bowl of soup. I’m sorry but that’s just way over the limit of common sense.

In the end all we ate was a bowl of baked potatoes with goat milk. IMO that was one of the best meals I ever had in a very long time. It was healthy and yummy at the same time.

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Also, we had good company while we were enjoying our meager lunch. A tabby cat, a very fat one if I might add. We actually had a discussion, where ever people are animals will always be close by. In this case lots of big dogs and a very fat cat that was enjoying the heat and hospitality of the cabin.

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I also made a list (of photos) with the best foods I ate while I was on vacation. Don’t be surprised if you see lots of ice cream photos. I actually lots more food, like deer jerky, cow belly soup, pizza and so on, but 75% of the time I was very tipsy and photos were not on my mind.

“Bulzul Boierului”  (the fourth picture) was one of the few things that I was not able to finish. It was so good but very fat.

And to end the mini vacation, in our last day we had a few more hours to kill before taking the train back to Bucharest. So we actually went to this Trains exposition. It was awesome on so many levels. First of all, we were in minority there. Actually all adults were in minority there. And it was easy to see why, there were a lot of mini trains, a place to do puzzles, draw, play with toy trains, an area for tea and coffee and they even had some cool souvenirs. And all of this was actually within the train station at Sinaia.

It was such a good vacation! I can truly say for the first time in my life I had a stress free vacation.