Dracula's Realm

Trip Start Sep 16, 2008
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Trip End Feb 25, 2009


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Flag of Romania  , Transylvania,
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Before landing in Bucharest, Romania we knew we wanted to head towards a much smaller, more eye catching old Transylvanian village in the mountains. This led us to the Citadel of Sighisoara, a medieval city dating back to the 14th century, which was also the first home of Vlad the Impaler (yes, that is Dracula!).

We felt like we went back in time here! There are still horse and carts for transportation (see picture of the road sign). The streets are clay with traces of old cobblestone. We spent two nights at a budget B&B run by a really nice Romanian couple. They speak very little English, but the husband's favorite word seems to be "maybe"! It's pretty cute and this B&B is in a 400 year old home.

It is amazing to be in a place where by walking the streets one can easily imagine what life must have been like here 500 years ago. Romania sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. This precarious position has resulted in the suffering of its people from one invading army to the next. Sighisoara is perched high atop a hill with a fortified wall surrounding it. Evidence to the fact that defense was a way of life here. The town is full of charm and most assuredly will leave its mark on our memories for a long time to come.

Dracula was actually known as Vlad the Impaler. He had some strange fondness with impaling his enemies and raising them in the air on the long stakes, while they awaited death. It is said to have taken up to 48 hour for these poor souls to die. No he did not have fangs and stalk the night, but it is believed by historians that he did drink blood at times. Vlad was the King of Wallachia a region in southern Romania, it seems he was a pretty gruesome guy and much feared.
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