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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov March 19th 2022

MSN and the Points Guy often collaborate on travel on the MSN website. I find the Points Guy to be quite informative, though I have some strong opinions about using my travel miles and points. But he provides a great perspective, particularly if you have never played the points and miles game. After all, I am a graduate of the Samurai School of Discount Travel, with a Ph.D. that I earned back in the 80s, when I traveled extensively on business. He listed several places that are "Off the Beaten Path" with one in particular that caught my eye. It is a place where I visited with Dirty Pat, the Fulbright Scholar in Bucharest, Romania back in 2019. The place is Brasov, Romania, home to Dracula's Castle: Nestled in the surrounding Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a ... read more
In front of Bran Castle
Tiriac clay courts

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov October 31st 2021

On a recent trip to Brasov (2019) to visit Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania, I learned more about Count Dracula. You decide if it is myth or legend. I vote for legend, after visiting his castle and hearing the stories firsthand. "Most historians agree that the vampire as we know it today got its start in Europe sometime during the 17th and 18th centuries. According to scholars, the legendary "Dracula" novel by Bram Stoker was crafted after the real Romanian Prince Vlad Tepes, who lived during the 15th century in Transylvania. While Romania generally looks fondly on his legacy, he was known to be very cruel to those he conquered, even earning himself the nickname “url=https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.history.com%2Ftopics%2Ffolklore%2Fvampire-history&data=04%7C01%7C%7C7c093038ead7... read more
The Wall Is Collapsing!
Party time in Brasov

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu April 27th 2021

http://www.heygo.com Sibiu was initially a Daco-Roman city called Cedonia. Its later Latin name, Cibinium, was derived from that of the river, a tributary of the Olt. Sibiu was refounded by Saxon (German) colonists in the 12th century as Hermannsdorf (later Hermannstadt). The old medieval town is in two parts, the upper town built on a terrace and the lower town on the banks of the Cibin, the two being connected through an old district by narrow, cobbled alleys called the Fingerling Stairway. A citadel, built by the Saxon settlers in the 13th century, was destroyed by the Tatars in 1241 and rebuilt in the 14th century. Massive brick walls erected around the upper town gave it the nickname “Red Town,” for the colour of the walls, which repelled several Turkish attacks in the 15th and 16th ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Viscri March 7th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 7th March - The Treasures of Transylvania: Horse drawn carriage ride through a UNESCO Saxon Village and its Fortified Church Today we are in Viscri, with it’s many traditional houses, part of the Saxon heritage of the community, Viscri is best-known for its white fortified church, first mentioned in 1400. The King of Hungary in the 12th century had a problem, his kingdom needed defending, especially in the south and east, in what is now Romania. It was the Middle Ages, and everybody was fighting over territory. So he sent ethnic Germans to settle in Transylvania, and they continued to move there until the end of the 13th century. These colonists became known as Saxons. In order to defend themselves against attack, especially from the Ottomans they built fortifications. In some cases the fortification centered ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov March 6th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 6th March - The medieval city of Brasov, the Crown of Transylvania Braşov is part of ‘Burzenland’, a historical region in Transylvania. During the Middle Ages, this area fell under the rule of the Hungarian Kingdom. In 1211 King Andrew II struck a deal with the Teutonic Knights (Germans) and gave them unrestricted access to Burzenland. The Teutons built five castles in the region and named Braşov ‘Corona’. This is one of the many historical names that would follow over the centuries. The Saxons named the city ‘Kronstadt’. Later the names Brasco, Stephanopolis, and Stalin City followed. The German-Hungarian history resulted in the fact that up until the First World War almost 70% of the local population was Hungarian or German. The two World Wars and the policies of the Soviet Union changed this balance. ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 20th 2020

Bonjour à tous, Dans la journée sur la route, je me disais, que lorsque j'avais préparé (sommairement) ce voyage, je devais encore avoir dans l'esprit, kilomètres et temps de route par rapport à l'Amérique du nord. Aujourd'hui pour 280km, il m'a fallu une bonne journée de volant. 50kmh, est bonne moyenne. En 2014, j'ai eu fait plus de 3 fois cette distance sans problème et sans fatigue. De Budapest à Chinisau, j'avais prévu 2 jours, je vais en mettre 4. Et je pense que pour la suite du voyage, je serais dans les mêmes écarts de temps. Pas grave personne ne m'attends à la maison. Hier au soir, j'étais content, en arrivant de bonne heure à l'hôtel, j'avais fini ma page d'écriture plus tôt que d'habitude, que le ciel paraissait se dégagé, j'en ai profité pour ... read more
château de Dracula
l'église de Sighisoara
figures locales

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu July 19th 2020

Bonjour à tous, Un comble, hier au soir un plein cœur de la Roumanie, j'ai mangé dans un restaurant argentin. Le restaurant est mitoyen avec l'hôtel, un gros avantage ne pas reprendre la voiture, et avec espoir mangé un bon morceau de viande, ce qui à été le cas. Il y avait longtemps que je n'avais mangé de la viande aussi bonne. Ça tombait à pic, j'avais vraiment envie d'une bonne viande. Exactement comme à Edmonton en Alberta où j'étais allé dans ce resto brésilien, et même retourné 3 ans après. Exceptionnel. La grosse différence avec ici, le prix dérisoire. Depuis que je suis en Roumanie, je remarque, un gros changement de comportement, que ce soit, restos, hôtels, les genssont froid, pas du tout sympathique, limite serviable, on à toujours l'impression de les déranger. Quelle différence ... read more
Timisoara
Sibiu l'hôtel
Deva

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Mures » Sighisoara January 10th 2020

10th Jan: The train from Brasov dropped me off at Sighisoara around 11 am. The journey had been uneventful. The station was small and dead. I headed straight to the ticket office to buy my ticket for the overnight train to Vienna for the following day. I had tried to buy the ticket online, but they had to post the actual ticket to you. I don't know why they can't just use e-tickets like for the domestic trains. Thank god there was no queue as the ticket proved to be a bit of a ballache to buy. The woman couldn't find a ticket for sale on the system, but seemed to think there should be tickets available and she ended up having to phone someone, but after about 10-15 minutes it was all sorted and I ... read more
Sighisoara Citadel
Sighisoara Citadel
Turnul Cizmarilor

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov January 9th 2020

After how long it took me to get breakfast the day before, I played it safe and headed to McDonald's to get something quick and easy. It wasn't that quick though, I ended up waiting about ten minutes for my food to be ready. Hash brown, muffin, and coffee were fine, and once finished I headed round to the bus station for my trip around some of the famous sights of the region. We left around 9 am. Another score for off peak travel as there were only three of us on the trip. We drove for about an hour. It was nice to drive through the valley basin seeing all the mountains around the edges. We passed through small towns and sleepy little villages. I really like all the brightly painted houses, just makes everything ... read more
Bran Castle
Bran Castle
Bran Castle

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov January 8th 2020

The place I was staying didn't have a kitchen, which meant I needed to find somewhere to have breakfast. In a big tourist town like Brasov, I thought that would be easy. I was proven very wrong. I had found a place online that looked quite good, but I had forgotten the name by the time I got in the right vicinity of the restaurant/cafe. There were quite a few places that looked shut, another cafe that was completely dead, normally that wouldn't bother me, but for some reason it did here. So, I ended up at Starbucks on the main square. I had a coffee and some kind of cheese, pesto, and I think tomato focaccia/ciabatta thing. It was quite nice. I enjoyed relaxing in the cafe as it wasn't too busy. Now, I was ... read more
Brasov
Mount Tampa
Mount Tampa




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