We completed our longest train leg of this trip by boarding the train in Salzburg at 9am and travelling through Innsbruck, Vienna and arriving in Budapest. We changed trains there and left at 3pm for Timisoara, arriving just after 9pm. With a change of time due to daylight saving in Romania, and stopping for some time for both a Hungarian and Romanian border and passport check, it was actually only about a 4 hour last leg, so not as bad as it seems.
Timisoara is a city undergoing a transformation. It is a work in progress, but the parts of the central city that have been restored have been beautifully done. The various squares and buildings, parks and canals and lovely to wander around and the shopping and food is great! Timisoara is to be
'European Capital of Culture' in 2021, so more work will be done to ensure that it will look grand I'm sure! Both the Roman and Ottoman empires shaped the architecture and history of this city, and its evident in the number of mosques and churches, catholic and orthodox, that are prevalent throughout the city centre and beyond. Your money goes a long way here too, with good shopping and great food at a VERY reasonable price.
Our main reason for travelling to Europe this time, was to spend a few precious days with close family who we have not seen for some time. The opportunity to see my son, where and how he lives and the way he has embraced the country and the culture in his 4 years of living here and playing rugby, is priceless, and means when I watch his games online when back at home, and talk to him on Skype, I have a better understanding and truer picture of his life here. we have a couple of days left here and we will enjoy every minute! Thanks to Timisoara Rugby for allowing me watch a training session this morning. It brought back memories of the many days and weekends I spent being part of this when my boys were young, and when I watch future games online, I will imagine myself sitting there in the stands. More of Timisoara to come!