Tuesday 17th April - Rockfalls!

So we had a very very very cold start to the morning, waking up in our Ice Bed. We waited until about 7.30am, decided we both needed the toilet & warmth. Got up and ready very quick to make our way out and back to the Chalet.

Opened up the big wooden doors to find that it had snowed over night and everywhere was covered with a fresh layer of untouched snow. So pretty, but very bloody chilly especially the wind which had picked up!

Very fresh snow & behind the Ice Hotel (which was in the process of being taken down)

We had a quick warm nap, got dressed, had breakfast then pulled out stuff together so we could get the first cable car down the mountain as our plans for the day were to visit the city of Sibiu and then check in that night into the Brukenthal Palace Hotel

The view down the cable wire... and the waterfall as you go up/down the cable car

Little did we know that our plans were to be disrupted! Got back to our little rental car, packed up, fed a local stray dog and then started to drive back down the mountain. We didnt get very far until we hit a rockfall which had been caused during the night by a storm!

The rockfall!

Noone could say if and when the way would become clear again, which panics you slightly (ok a LOT), so to pass the time we ended up going to sit in the restuarant of the Balea Cascada hotel and drinking a lot of hot chocolate.

We walked down and saw the rockfall, then when nothing else to do I got my camera out and started to take pictures of the area.

Mini water fall and random building

The area and hotel/cable car station

Our british friends Rebecca and James who also came down the mountain for a look.

It got to about 4pm, we'd made plans to go back up to the Chalet and stay the night when we were told a path had been cleared!

Sadly Sibiu was missed, but we drove onto Avrig to stay at the Brukenthal Palace.

We actually struggled to find the where we were to stay, but the lovely Adelina & Monia who I'd been chatting with via email and who had help arrange our stay sent someone to lead us to where we would be staying.

The rooms are based in the Orangery.

That night we were served a lovely dinner in our room, I found it a little strange and wanted to keep helping lol We were served what seemed to be a traditional meal:

Lamb Pate & Goats Cheese
Lamb Soup
Slow Cooked Lamb with Polenta
Fruit with a rum iced sauce
(and a bit too much white wine lol)

Our room and a candle lit dinner which was served to us in the room next door.

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