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... filled with mountain hikes, castle and fortress tours (including the supposed Dracula’s castle) and just the simple pleasure of strolling the delightful streets of Brasov.
Unfortunately, my stint in Romania was cut short due to work-related issues. Although I spent a fair amount of time in Transylvania, I was only able to spend one day in Bucharest, the capital, before hopping a hastily-changed flight back to Dubai where I’m typing this ...
... start of the tour. They spotted the tour bus on the other side of the square and began taking a short-cut though the massive fountains at the square. Junko was clowning about on the fountain wall. Sure enough, she garnered enough attention to be admonished by a security guard. "Hey" he shouted. They aborted their planned trespass and obediently walked around to the bus properly.
Bucharesters were at one ...
... the tombs showing how people died using as much humour as possible? Go hiking in the apparently famous Carpathian mountains? See the castles, including Draculas? Visit some Saxon villages? Gosh, what to do, what to do!
We finally plotted our route; 1 night in Bucharest, followed by 5 nights in Brasov which seemed to be a good base to see most of the above (but no cemetery or monasteries). Then we would be taking an overnight train to Budapest for our last 3 days.
... Though official records document the 15th century as the birth of the village, archaeological evidence indicates humans had been living in the area as early as the 5th century. But since we were on a vampire tour, Snagov Monastery is important for other reasons - it is rumored to be the site at which Vlad Țepeș was interred after his death in the area at the hands of Ottoman janissaries in 1476. But, you know, probably not.
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... is the most attractive area for tourists of all Bucharest. As of 2008, most of these buildings were restored. In the early 21st century, much of the district has been transformed into a pedestrian zone.
My favourite pub (where I used to met with my friends), was ...