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This day in Transylvania had a focus on Count Dracula, or in reality, the background that built the myth of Dracula. Much of this story comes from the city of Sighisoara, but much of the legend is built in today's location - the city of Bran.
I needed to get this legend straight in my mind, so I am copying some information from the internet to help me fill out this myth:
"Vlad Tepes was born in 1428 in the fortress city of Sighisoara. His father, ...
... be extracted and processed. The same authority regulates how much uranium is sold and to whom.
Here's a fun tidbit: The name of the fish we call Carp comes from the Carpathian Mountains! There are many Carp fish farms in the country.
Many of the poor in Romania are gypsies, not originally from Romania. (More on the Roma). They came 600-700 years ago from India to be slaves for various kinds of construction. They are Romanian ...
... of the horseshoe of the Carpathian mountains. The scenery is a blend of wide open plains that vanish into the far south, and imposing mountains to the north and west. Brasov is a mediaeval fortress town that has had to defend itself from various invaders. The Turks obviously, and Vlad himself even laid siege a couple of times such were the warlike leanings of our hero. There is a large and wide town square in the old quarter with cool bars and restaurants ...
... and long ice crystals. The snow got prettier and prettier the higher we climbed too. Thank goodness the trail was popular because the snow was padded down and was never too deep for me to walk in. Right before we reached the top we discovered that we could walk behind the giant Brasov sign. This town has a sign just like Hollywood but you can actually get close to it. The top the hill was not anything super special. There was part of the old fortress and a ...
... was that one of the new guests -- apparently from the south of England rather than the north -- had come back at 4am and had sex with a German girl in the bathroom. I personally found it disgusting, especially after all the lives that were lost in First and Second World Wars.
Kevin and I wisely decided to spend the day resting. After all, we were physically drained from days of non-stop activity. So instead of travelling between towns or taking part in any more ...