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... do you think that might be it?" On our right hand side, we saw this enormous building at the top of a very steep hill. There it was.
We made our way to the castle after paying the equivalent to a dollar for parking. It became very obvious to us that the castle was the only tourist attraction in town, but the citizens of Bran were doing their best to capitalize on it. There were dozens of hotels, restaurants, and cafes along with the ubiquitous ...
... Vlad started organizing the state and enforcing the law by applying death penalty and impaling all those he considered enemies: robbers, cunning priests, treacherous noblemen, beggars, usurper Saxons. In fact he fought against everybody who tried to replace him either by his step brother Vlad the Monk or by his cousin Dan the Young. The historians nicknamed him Vlad Tepes while people say he was Count Dracula because he used to sign with his father's name, Dracul ...
... the "commission flat" side of town, with our apartment located on the top floor (with no lift) of a communist era concrete tower. However, once inside, the apartment was a delight. Making our way to Brasov Town Square, Rose and I joined a walking tour of the town, led by Carmen. The main highlights included a tour around the gothic Black Church and citadel area, finishing with a climb to an old watchtower for a fantastic view of the ...
... tours were all booked up.
Still, we pushed up against the large, wooden castle doors and a tall, serious-looking Romanian woman opened up.
"Are you Polish?" she asked. I didn't know what to answer.
"Yes," Rebecca replied straight away.
The lady opened the door for us, unconcerned by the fact that Rebecca was half-black. It was tantamount to genius.
"Kev! We're Polish!" I called out.
"We're Polish?" Kevin asked.
... protected themselves from the invading Ottomon Army...Interesting, but I wouldn't say it was as thrilling as a Dracula tour would have been. We later spent time exploring the town of Brasov, taking the chairlift up to the top for views and walking back down through the forest, around the 'old' walls, before settling into a local coffee shop for some R&R and some surprisingly excellent coffee - who would have known? They even roasted and sold their own coffee beans.