Whenever we visit a new city on tour I am so used to wake up early in the mornings and try to use obsessively every free hour of my day in spite of our busy performing schedule. I hate to loose precious time sleeping in even if I am dead tired. You can always rest when you are back... I am afraid I am keeping the same habits when I am on vacation, too. I love to choose a base city and plan detailed day trips in close proximity to try to see as much as possible of the region I am in. Waking up early every morning and coming back before sunset for a good dinner and bar hopping in the city you are staying...
First day trip I want to talk about is the little village Sibiel. I know that there are a lot of beautiful places and cities to visit when you are on a trip to Transylvania but if you are interested in history of art and especially in icons you have to visit Sibiel and The Zosim Oancea Museum of Icons on Glass. It is a lovely village only 20km far away from Sibiu. The quickest and easiest way to commute there is probably hire a taxi from Sibiu. Train station is pretty far away and bus service schedules are not reliable. The museum has a collection of 600 one of a kind icons collected from all over the region covering the walls of the museum. You can spend hours in that small house. The paintings are unbelievable and somehow it doesn't feel like you are in a museum. You always have a feeling like visiting a house of one of the villagers smiling and waving at you on the streets. People are approaching really nice and they are happy to see you. I also would suggest not to leave the village without having lunch in one of the small restaurants in the village.
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