Dracula's Castle

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Friday, June 27, 2008


We woke up to the smell of rain and by the time we arrived at Sinaia it was poring with rain. We were going to wait it out, so we could find where the palace was and a few other touristy things, but it just didn't want to stop. After an hour of this and when the streets had become streams, literally, we decided that Sinai was not meant to be and we left. After driving up a hill that had turned into a river we found ourselves back on the main road and things got a little calmer.

By the time we had arrived in Bran the sky was blue and it was hot and muggy again. Bran is home to Dracula's castle, though it is very unlikely that he was ever here. Either way it is very gothic looking and scary on the outside and absolutely charming and homely on the inside. It was home to Queen Marie in the 1920s and there were lots of pictures of her about. It was fascinating to see a queen dressed in more traditional clothing, something you would have thought a gypsy would have worn, well a well to do one any way. The inside was made of dark timber and white walls and fantastic beamed ceilings. The views were great, Dave and I have decided to buy it, when we get enough money........ One of the best bits was the secret stair case.

We then had to back track to Rasnov to see the old fortified town. From a distance it looked amazing, but once you climbed to the top there really wasn't much to see. There was another good view but that was all. We then went in the direction of the mountain drive the English couple had mentioned. There was a camp site near the beginning of it, and we stayed here for a night. We meant another older English couple who were quiet disappointed to find that we weren't English, but another Australian couple. The camp site was situated on Roma land and run by a Dutch Romanian couple. The Roma people would come and go by the camp site doing there work, and lots of horses and carts were being pulled around, they all seemed very friendly.

The drive we took went over the Carpathian Mountains between Fagaras and Curtea De Arges was amazing. The road wound up and the down the mountains for 140km and went up to an altitude of 2005 meters. The road had so many hair pin turns (with no barriers) that we hardly got out of second gear. Once we hand got to the top, snow and ice was still about and I even had to put a jumper on. At the top a very old and dodgy looking tunnel lead to the other side of the mountain and half way down was a huge and beautiful dam, which had a great green colour. We passed so many water falls and streams it was just great.

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robynjb on

Good to see you are starting to get a healthy looking colour to your skin!! The guys on top gear would love that road you were on. Sorry to hear about your phones.

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