Roadside shops for tourists seem to be the same everywhere!
The conference was held in the Brasov church building which was conveniently next to the hotel where we all stayed. Please notice the lovely welcome bags with agendas and bottles of water on the table for each couple. The conference was wonderful and we were instructed by our new mission president and his wife on the things they would like the senior missionary couples to do to help build the church in Romania and Moldova.
Eating dinner at a historic restaurant in a 500 year old building in Brasov.
We visited the Peles Castle, a beautiful 160 room castle where the King of Romania would stay during the summer. It took 38 years to complete and included plumbing, electricity, central heating, and a central vacuum system as part of its initial construction. After World War II it was used as a private retreat for communist leaders and occasionally for gatherings of World leaders, including 2 U.S. presidents. The King also had a lovely palace in Bucuresti where he stayed in the winter. It was good to be King!! We are on the left, then the McFaddens, Wolseys, President and Sora Hill, the Kitchens and the Pattons.
Stanley loved the castle!
We also took him to visit Biserica Neagra (the Black Church) which was started in 1385 and took almost 100 years to build. After a fire in 1689 blackened its walls (that give it its name) it took almost another 100 years to restore. It is the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul.
The church towers above the rooftops of the surrounding buildings.
Here we are with Stanley in the Brasov town square. Most of the buildings around the square are several hundred years old
That is the White Tower in the background. It was finished just a few years before Columbus discovered the New World and is one of several towers around the city that were built for fortification.
When we got home from the conference, Stanley spent a lot of time looking out our kitchen window at Bucuresti. We explained that it is a city of about 2.5 million people with most of them living in these concrete highrise "blocs." Bucuresti has the highest population density (number of people per square mile) of any city in Europe.
He thought it was funny to look out our window in the middle of the city and see a horse and cart clopping along the street among all the taxis, buses, and speeding cars.
Before we sent Stanley back to Tanner we took him across the street to our Church parking lot and took a picture in front of our bloc. He was a wonderful guest. He ate very little and only spoke when spoken to. One of the other senior couples said they took a Stanley to Africa on a safari but Tanner is going to need to get his other grandparents to take Stanley there!