Bran, Peles, Snagov

Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
Trip End Sep 15, 2007

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

We drove past Brasov, to get to Bran castle. While it's surrounded by
Dracula lore, it is a really nice castle that was the Romanian royal
family's residence for many years, and the only castle I've been in that
is livable.

Driving back we saw a fortified city that
appeared to tumble off the mountain. It's Rasov. We didn't have time
to stop, but it looked cute.

Around 2 PM we drove from Bran to Peles, the summer palace. It is overblown, and unlivable. It rained while we took the 45 minute tour, and there was a
beautiful rainbow over the castle as we left.

We decided to
skip Brasov and push on to Snagov, where Vlad Tepes is reportedly
buried, in a (supposedly) beautiful church on an island in the lake.

We stopped at a pension and got a room. The owner told us he had
opened 3 months previously. When we told him we had been hoteliers in
the US, he showed us throughout the property, including into the
kitchen. Then he offered us dinner. Courses came and came, along with
Romanian wine.

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cindyschmidt on

That's really cool about the owner recognizing that you would be interested in the inner workings of his pension. When I was in Europe we only stayed in a couple of B/B's but the best one was in Amsterdam because the owner spoke such wonderful English and we were able to really communicate with her.
I've never really thought that castle living would be for me so what's your criterion between liveable/unliveable?

mctubbs on

Re: Language?
Bran is like a big house, with cozy rooms and open terraces, and nice furnature. Like Grandma's house. Peles is a cold, don't step on the carpet, don't sit on the chair kind of place. Like your maiden aunt's living room with the white carpet. Pretty to look at, don't touch.

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