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... br> I was shocked today to learn that the idea of Count Dracula I had held since I was a young child was completely wrong - who knew that Count Dracula wasn't a cute and cuddly Muppet that taught millions of children how to count? My World as I knew it was shattered! How could Jim Henson have lied to so many children around the World, and perpetuate such a sham? This is deceit on the grandest scale!
Even the myth of Count Dracula popularized ...
As unforgettable as Peles Castle was, we actually came to Sinaia for a different reason - to do a bit of hiking in the mountains of Romania, and to briefly escape the country's stifling heat. Sinaia itself isn't that great, a very expensive tourist town, that is a bit reminiscent of Banff, in all the wrong ways. However, its cable car up to the mountains is super convenient for hikers, and was one of the draws for staying here.
... old town. Sergiana serves traditional romanian food with the staff all wearing traditional romanian dress. Everything on the menu is also sourced locally from Brasov so it is amazingly fresh and tasty. We both ate so much food and certainly had no room for dessert! There are so many options on the menu it would be hard to not be able to find something to choose from. On my previous trip to Brasov Florin had taken me to see the brown bears which came down from the hills ...
... in 1387 and sworn to uphold Christianity and defend the empire (now Romania) against the Islamic Turks. Vlad was not called Tepes, which means "spike" in Romanian, until after his death. Instead he was known as Vlad Dracula, the added "a" meaning "son of". Vlad was so good at impaling people it was reported that an invading Ottoman army turned back in fright when it encountered thousands of rotting corpses on the banks of the Danube. It has also been said that in 1462 Mehmed II, ...
... walking 20 minutes up hill.
The taxi takes us to the lower ticket office, but it is closed and we walk up half a km to the flat area on which Peles (pronounced Pelesh) Castle sits. The first view of the castle is stunning, and it only gets better the closer we get. We take great exterior photos of the genuine fairytale castle. We have to buy one adult and one senior ticket, 20+10 lei, but don’t bother with a ticket for photographing inside as ...