Missions, missions, missions!!
Day 4, 5 & 5, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia
Today a trip from Banffy Castle to Bucharest is on the Programm. Larger distance than actually necessary according to the road book, but as we can sleep at a friend in Bucharest we’re going there. We got up early and left around 8 in the morning.
First up is going to be the Transfagarasan mountain pass. Known as one of the best driving roads in the world. I don’t know why because the roads are just as bad as in the rest of Romania… And it was a popular day trip as well so we were not the only ones going up. The road uphill was foggy until the last 200 meters, so we had no views at all. Coming on the top we tried some local specialties, took pictures and filmed a bit before heading down to Bucharest. Luckily on the other side the sky was clear and we had a great view into the valley! When reaching the bottom we had some rain showers but we left them behind quickly as set course for Bucharest.
Unfortunately due to time restrictions we were not able to find Dracula and get a picture with him…
After a long day of driving we arrived in Bucharest at 19.00. After a quick shower we went for dinner with our host.
The next morning we left Bucharest around 8.45, heading for Bulgaria and in particular Buzludzha, a former ‘partycenter’ of the Soviet party. Being impressive because of its location on the top of a hill and it’s UFO kind of shape. From there we had quite a way to go to the Golden Bridges in Sofia. Which technically are not bridges, but a river from big boulders. Arriving there just in time for a photo with the last bit of daylight, we successfully fulfilled two missions today. As Sofia has only 1 very bad campsite we stayed in a hotel close to the Golden Bridges.
Day 6 takes us from Sofia to Serbia and the final destination of today Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. A long day it will be.
On the way to the border we manage to find some sheep a the roadside. We pull over try to explain our mission to the owner. He must think we are mad, but he helps and we put the sheep in the car, mission done! We gave the man a bottle of Dutch Jenever!
Continuing towards Serbia which we will only pass through within a few hours. Around 16.00 we arrive in Skopje, and drive to the office of national TV for our second mission, getting on tv! We will be interviewed on Macedonian national tv, live!!! The show last about half an hour, but hey we can say we have been on national television in Macedonia! Mission fulfilled! And what a coincidence there is an Alexander working there as well, so we can tick off our Alexander the Great mission as well!
After that we race up the hill to the Millennium Cross, unfortunately they won’t let us drive to the top, so we take the cable car there. We take some photos eat an ice cream and go down, we have some distance to cover…
Driving towards lake Ohrid takes about 3.5 hours, and is not particularly fun in the night… we arrive 23.00 at the campsite, put up our tents and went straight to bed, tomorrow Albania and Montenegro to the second party location!