A Walk in Old Brasov

This ain't Hollywood, but the sign seems to bear a certain similarity to one you would find in California.

This ain’t Hollywood, but the sign seems to bear a certain similarity to one you would find in California.

It was the sign on the hill that got me chuckling. I’ve never been to Hollywood, but I have seen the iconic sign in movies, print and television (and yes I know it was originally a real estate ad). So when I saw the sign for Brasov I had to wonder what image the Romanian town was trying to promote. Is Brasov the Hollywood of Romania?

I’ve never been to the American Hollywood, and we really didn’t see much of Brasov, that will have to wait for a subsequent trip. It was basically a lunch stop on our trip between Peles Castle and Bran Castle. We only had an hour, and in that time had to find a place to eat. So all we really did was wander around the old part of town.

There are days when that is all I want to do anyway. There is only so much information I can absorb in a day before my brain starts to suggest that too much is being asked of it, that it is taking in more than it can be reasonable expected to analyze. So in Brasov we really didn’t do anything except eat. Didn’t even see the interior of the famous Black Church (though that was mostly to do with the admission fee).

The exterior of The Black Church, so called due to fire damage. I was surprised to discover that it was a Lutheran church.

The exterior of The Black Church, so called due to fire damage. I was surprised to discover that it was a Lutheran church.

So once again I think I am going to let the pictures tell the story, or at least part of the story of our stop in Brasov. Maybe the city really is the Hollywood of Romania – but I didn’t see any movie stars. Then again, I probably wouldn’t recognize any Romanian movie stars.

What appeared to be a central square. My guess is this is where the city market was held (and maybe still is held - I didn't look up Brasov in the guide book).

What appeared to be a central square. My guess is this is where the city market was held (and maybe still is held – I didn’t look up Brasov in the guide book).

A typical cobblestoned street.

A typical cobblestoned street.

We saw this on buildings in Bucharest also - bullet marks preserved from the December 1989 revolution.

We saw this on buildings in Bucharest also – bullet marks preserved from the December 1989 revolution.

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