Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 11 – From Sibiu to Budapest

Got up early and put the car in motion towards Hungary. On the way, I saw an old school-house that I wanted to picture so we stopped in Sebes for a coffee.

Sebes

Old school building from 1865: Education is freedom
Old school building from 1865: Education is freedom

Church in Sebes - note the small towers!
Church in Sebes – note the small towers!

Some old guy closed the church gates when we wanted to get in. They have a lunch break here!
Some old guy closed the church gates when we wanted to get in. They have a lunch break here! Reminds me of Italy where many churches are closed as well.

Some old canon
Some old canon

Coffee break in Sebes⁩
Coffee break in Sebes⁩

Râpa Roșie

Râpa Roșie (Romanian for “red ravine”) is a natural monument in Alba County about 4 kilometers north of Sebeș. We tried to find an easy road that goes there but somehow we got lost and it took us forever to get up there. Finally, we reached the parking and hiked up the hill.

Râpa Roșie
Mitsos was happy that we finally got here. It took forever.

Râpa Roșie
If you ever been to the Badlands you can relate

Râpa Roșie

Râpa Roșie

On the way out from the Canyon
On the way out from the Canyon we followed the wrong road along a river with no bridge for way to long. Even the cows can not make it! But in the end, we found our way out and got back on the road towards Budapest!

Old factory in ‎⁨Timiş⁩, ⁨Romania⁩
Old factory in ‎⁨Timiş⁩, ⁨Romania⁩

CiUC
What you do with the last money? You stop at one of the last shops and get some cigarettes for friends and some beer for the road! CiUC beer – it was hot in the car and the beer was cold = win!

Bergenbier - this one was ok
Bergenbier – this one was ok

At the Hungarian Border. Guess what the transporter will bring back from Hungary!
At the Hungarian Border. Guess what the transporter will bring back from Hugary!

A little bit before Budapest

Budapest

As always we had to find a save parking for the car. All that Olive Oil and Greek food inside. Not easy if you do not know a place. I used booking.com and was able to find a cheap place with save parking behind metal gates. A Chinese guy that has two apartments rents out rooms on AirBnb and booking. What a world! After we checked in we had a stroll to the river and back.

The famous Gallerthegy bridge
The famous Gallerthegy bridge

Wenchheimpalota
Wenchheimpalota

Mr Zichy Nandor
Count Zichy Nándor. He initiated the canalization of several rivers in the Transdanubia region. The Count built his palace in the palace district of Budapest in front of the Jesuit Church. This part of the city was called “Little Vatican” because of the high number of Catholic institutions. Zichy supported the Jesuit order until his death.

Jezus Szivetemplom
Jezus Szivetemplom

Szent Jozsef templom
Szent Jozsef templom

Last days in Amsterdam

A week is short and I only had 3 more days to go. More walking in Amsterdam. More meeting the guys down town and more camping.

The Citroen DS Car Collector

Next to the camp ground was a big old car collection. Most of the cars had no roof to park under and where exposed to the elements. Very sad to see them like this. Some where lucky and had at last a roof to park under or even a shed. The guy really was in love with the Citroen DS and had quite a lot of them. Who know how many more he stores in the sheds and barns on his land.

3 Station Citroen ds
3 Station Citroen DS

2 more Citroen ds
2 more Citroen DSs

3 Citroen DS waiting to see better days
3 Citroen DS waiting to see better days

But there where other cars and trucks as well:

Two Hanomag Kurier
Two Hanomag Kurier

A small Mercedes-Benz Bus
A small Mercedes Benz Bus

Mercedes Bus
There was a VW Bus as well but too much trash in front of it for a picture. A great place for vintage car lovers to spend a few hours and admire the old beauties.
The man has a blog with some of his cars as well: http://www.danielquerido.nl/wordpress/rollend-schroot. Use the navigation under Rollend Schroot to see the vehicles.

Back to the City

On the way to the city
On the way to the city I did walk along a bike path and this nice blue water. Next on a dike along a golf course and into the city. Small houses close to the water and next: Nieuwendammerdijk (see this post: https://hastenteufel.name/blog/walking-down-nieuwendammerdijk-in-amsterdam/ )

Stretch 2CV
Did pass this Stretch 2CV because I decided to take another ferry today and not end up at the train station but over to Java Island and walk from there.

Stretch 2CV

Ferry in Amsterdam
One of the free ferries that took me to Amsterdam after my walk at the Nieuwendammerdijk

Ferry in Amsterdam

Wind mill in Amsterdam
Nice wind mill in the city

Cruise Boat in Amsterdam
Seems to be the thing to do in Amsterdam. Get a few friends together, some booze and go cruise the channels

Hungry Dee
Hungry Dee

Thirsty Jouke
Thirsty Jouke

Our caravan and a few more tentsThe last morning – Dutch weather again! Our caravan and a few more tents

Tippie and Trailer on the camp ground
Tippie and Trailer on the camp ground

Back to Stuttgart

Due to the incompetence of Deutsche Bahn (see this post) I had 5 trains to go and it would be a very long day on the rails. But sometimes I am lucky – and I was today 🙂

1st Train
Gerben did give me a lift to the train station. Got some food and coffee and boarded the 1st train today. It was full but I had a good seat next to the door and enough space.

2nd Train
Second train – very plastic like but ok – and free wifi!!

3rd TrainThe good thing – it did not rain since the train to Germany stops all the way at the end of the track. And there is no roof and no seating. So we did board and the train left in time. But it did stop after 4 minutes – another train with a broken engine did block the train station. So after 30 minutes we did roll back into the station. After another 30 minutes the Dutch cleared the rails and we where moving again. But now I could not make my other 2 trains to Stuttgart.
So in Düsseldorf I went to search the office to sort that out. It was some sort of Japanese festival and the train station was full of cosplayers or whatever you call them. Full Japanese Carnival. Well the friendly woman in the office did stamp my ticket and I could take the ICE to Stuttgart. Great news – 25 minutes to wait and 75 minutes early in Stuttgart.

German ICE Train
The good old ICE on its way down south to Stuttgart

From Khe Sanh to Đồng Hới

After a not so good night in Khe Sanh but a better breakfast: the good old pack the bag game. If you do it every day you get used to it and it goes quite fast. All the stuff you do not need is at the bottom and it stays there. Everything you need will be in the bag in a few minutes.
Today’s mission is to cover 240 kilometres on the Ho Chi Minh Road and there will be no gas station on the way. So I did fill a 1,5 litre plastic water bottle for a few extra kilometres.
Quick look at the forecast an it was promising down at the beach. Another break on the way – why not. So Đồng Hới it was. The clock: 61065 km, the sky: the usual Gray and the road: dry and dusty. Lets drive!

Take a left at the monument
Take a left at the monument. There is actually one more gas station about 10 kilometres after the monument. But it does not make sense to stop and fill up again.

MacArthur Foundation
Would have been interesting to know what the MacArthur Foundation sponsored over here. Since they are from the US one would think they would write something in English as well. No no no – not here in Vietnam they do not!

View over the valley
View over the valley as the road turns into the mountains

Imagine that place in the rainy season
Imagine that place in the rainy season

A lot of green again
A lot of green again

The next village is far from here - you can see it if you look at the forest
The next village is far from here – you can see it if you look at the forest

Driving towards the clouds
Driving towards the clouds. They just put power poles here. Still no line but that will be the next step.

Guess that is why they call it Rain Forest?
Guess that is why they call it Rain Forest? It did not rain but it was super humid.

More forest
More forest

Driving was quite relaxing. No traffic, no sign of civilisation  - not even power poles! Very rare in Vietnam where usually you find them at last at one site of the road.
Driving was quite relaxing. No traffic, no sign of civilisation – not even power poles! Very rare in Vietnam where usually you find them at last at one site of the road. Now you know you are far out!

A stream with water
A stream with clear water – should be a nice stop on a sunny day for a refreshing dip

After hours the first settlement again. Still no power and very simple.
After hours the first settlement again. Still no power and very simple.

At the end of the village you can see the first power pole. Soon they will have power - satellite dishes will come next!
At the end of the village you can see the first power pole. Soon they will have power – satellite dishes will come next!

Back home people would leave these remote villages - here they even build new houses
Back home people would leave these remote villages – here they even build new houses

A star with a heart - how nice
A star with a heart – how nice

No fear of a sun burn today
No fear of a sun burn today

Soon I will turn away from the mountains and head to the coast again
Soon I will turn away from the mountains and head to the coast again

The mountains in the back after I took a right - the road takes me down to the coast
The mountains in the back after I took a right – the road takes me down to the coast

My bunk bed at the Ocean View Homestay in Dong Hoi
My bunk bed at the Ocean View Homestay in Dong Hoi. Since last night was way to expensive I have to make the money back. The next two nights I pay 5 US $ each with WiFi, fan, AC and shared bathroom with hot shower.
Upstairs they have the private rooms but this one will do for me for the next two days.

You like cat - you like dog? We have both!
You like cat – you like dog? We have both!

Cat lift
Cat lift

They will manage to take a lot of time out of your day
They will manage to take a lot of time out of your day

Again the forecast – where is the sun – and the blue sky?
The clock: 61243 = 178 kilometres.

 
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