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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran July 15th 2014

On arriving in Brasov we went to town to have a look. We soon came to the town square with beautiful buildings. No traffic here. We discovered an old hotel restaurant that started in 1914 with old photos about early years. Very nice. The price for dinner is as two hamburgers at home. The reason coming here was Bran castle or Dracula castle. We went in the late morning to Bran, thinking that the buses would be to lunch. Ha. It took forty-five minutes to get a ticket. Bran castle was up and running by 1382. Huge additions were build by 1531. The association between Vlad Tepes Dracula, Prince of Walachia 1448-1476 who spent this early years in Transylvania gave Bran Stoker, the idea of Count Dracula the Vampire. Tepes which means the Impaler, was a ... read more
Dracula
courtyard
cross at the entrance

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov July 14th 2014

le We left Sighisoare in the rain. We only had to go 118 Kilometres, so we had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. The villages are built all along the road. In such a way, there is no opening in between, just an enormous gate to let the horses and carts loaded with hay to get in. Cows, sheep, chooks and geese are running everywhere. Each village has some sort of fortification high on the hill. Bears and Wolves roam the forests but not that close that we could see them. The Saxons and Hungarians settled here during the middle ages. The threat of an invasion from the east resulted in building the fortifications of churches and citadels. The first one of these was in Sachiz. Build between 1493-1525. Like all Transylvanian fortified churches they ... read more
the citadel at Ropea
clocktower build as in Prague
inside fortefications

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov July 12th 2014

After a lovely country trip we arrived in Sighisoara, what we now call Sighi. It is a 15th century UNESCO medieval town, that is the old town. Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler was born here in 1431. He is seen here as a hero. Because of his battles with the Ottomans. The church on the hill has 500 years old Frescos. There is the 14th century clock tower, some of the houses are from the Saksen era, 15th -16th century. The Phoenician house is from 13th century. Unbelievable because it is all intact and lived in. So here we went steps and cobble stone road up and up the hill to visit this famous church with the Frescos. When we got there no video or photo allowed. We begged telling we come from far away ... read more
around the church
church on the hill
city wall

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov June 4th 2014

Romania. Land of the old Romany gypsy woman, and home to count Dracula. Not a holiday or travel destination. At least this is what a close minded nitwit would say. If you’ve read any of my other blogs you’ll know that I’m a sucker for cheap deals. If Ryanair fly there, you can almost guarantee that I’ve been. The best way to see the world is to go to the most obscure places, get out of your comfort zone and discover the unexpected and downright bizarre. Romania, Transylvania to be precise. Land of mountainous ranges, caves and rivers. Also home to a number of ridiculously funky bars. Which is where we spent most of our time. My friend Chloe and I flew into Bucharest, on the airline I hate to love. When we arrived, I did ... read more
My business card
Money everywhere!
Peanut floor

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov August 14th 2013

V okolí Brašova sa nachádza pár pekných hradov (minimálne dva), ktoré sme sa v tento deň rozhodli navštíviť. Prvá zástavka bola hrad Bran. Tento hrad je veľkou turistickou atrakciou a každý kdo navštívi Brašov je povinný navštíviť aj tento hrad. Hradu sa prezýva "drákulov" hrad a to aj napriek tomu, že Vlad Tepeš (ktorý mal byť akože drákula, ale aj toto bolo len dodatočne vymyslené) tu nikdy nebýval a nič s týmto hradom nemal spoločné. V každom prípade miestne obyvateľstvo si zvolilo tento spôsob prezentáciu hradu a lákania návštevníkov. O tomto svedčilo aj plno stánkov v podhradí s rôznymi drákulovskými motívmi a tiež strašidelný drákulov dom (tam nás ani nenapadlo ísť). Mne sa hrad páčil kvôli samotnému hradu. Zariadený veľmi nebol ale bolo tam kopu malých chodbičiek a izbičiek medzi ktorými sa dalo prechádzať... read more
hrad Bran
hrad Bran
hrad Bran

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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 13th 2013

Ráno konečne v Rumunsku. Krajina z okna vlaku vyzerala podobne ako naša - polia, lesy a občas dedinka. Drobné rozdiely tu však boli - veľa domčekov nebolo až tak úplne omietnutých a dokončených, na cestách bolo občas vidieť konský povoz a koníky tiež pomáhali orať polia. Vo vlaku sme sa zoznámili s Natanielom, teda hlavne Stánik a tak spolu vypili nejaké pivá a šampanské. Ale aspoň nám cesta rýchlejšie utiekla. Do Brašova sme prišli so skvelým, asi len hodinovým meškaním. Po menšom blúdení, kedy si vlastne nikdo z miestnych nebol istý ktorým že to smerom je naša ulica sa nám nakoniec podarilo naše ubytovanie nájsť. Bývali sme u babičky, ale jej syn rozprával anglicky a tak sme sa nakoniec dohodli a a dozvedeli pár potrebných informácií. Syn sa volal Eugen a za všetko sa ospravedlňoval - ... read more
niekde na ceste do Brašova
niekde na ceste do Brašova
niekde na ceste do Brašova

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran August 9th 2013

We woke to find Woolly ready for the day with garlic round his neck and a sirloin under his crossed paws, not quite sure that he understands bless him. Woolly says – Ian gave me a sirloin steak last night but I’m not sure how I’m supposed to drive it through a vampire’s heart? Anyway, I was prepared for anything and after numerous cups of tea and coffee I finally got Jo and Ian moving. The sun was out and it was already pretty hot so grabbing bottles of water – not sure if they were holy or not – we headed towards Bran Castle. Started in 1212 the castle has had a chequered history with residents including Vlad the Impaler and Her Royal Highness Queen Marie of Romania. It is most famous though through Bram ... read more
Entering Bran Castle
Are there Vampires down there
Armour

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran August 8th 2013

We were all sad to leave Eldorado camping, a lovely site with great facilities including use of the lake and the pool all for under £10.00 GBP. Setting out we knew it was going to be a long drive and with Woolly clutching his bulb of garlic we were off. Woolly says – it’s better to be safe than sorry I say, we’re in Dracula country and getting ever closer to his lair. Once the city was behind us Ollie was in his element racing along the roads with very little traffic to annoy him. The scenery was ever changing and as we wound round each corner we were met with ever more spectacular views. The towns continued to fascinate us and I set Jo a challenge of taking a picture of the many horse and ... read more
Mountain Views
Finally got the pic
Please get more Garlic

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov June 23rd 2013

There were more “lucky” eggs in the morning, before our date with the big city. Brasov is the metropolis of Transylvania, but looked smaller than the 225,000 quoted population. It has had a mixed past. Kronstadt as it was known in German, it became Orasul Stalin for a spell in the 1950’s before the local Communist crew decided they could do without the Russians. The Huntsman ignored a very attractive gold dome church in the distance as we reached the outskirts of Brasov, before making his 1st stop at a more Saxon religious venue. The original German church had no striking architectural features of note, but the graves in the yard had plenty of Fritzs and Hermans interned in them. There were some with pictures of the “inhabitants”, one of which bore a striking resemble to ... read more
Top Dog
Foal
Brasov

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov June 22nd 2013

After the late night Sneezy birthday party, it was another fairly early start. We were fortified with eggs for breakfast. They weren’t just any old eggs, though. Huntsman branded them Lucky Eggs. Will they ever catch on at Morrisons? The local transport theme would continue today. Yesterday, local bus – today horse and cart. Well, 2 horses and cart to be precise. The cart had the engineering hallmarks of building a boagy when we were kids, except that it didn’t use the base of a pram. The suspension was at best suspect or perhaps non- existent. The idea of sitting at the back seemed to make sense from a photography point of view, but being right on the back axle made it hard going to say the least. The horses looked in fairly good condition. We ... read more
Viscri
Viscri
Viscri




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