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Stories and Tips Bucharest

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Historic Sighisoara

Written by Cindy Grant on 19 Feb, 2005

Sighisoara is a 13th-century city. Vlad I (Dracula's father) was from a family of warriors, and he lived here for six years, employed to defend the city. Vlad Dracula was born here, and a small plaque on the corner of the house commemorates this…Read More


Romanian Phrases

Written by cassans on 24 Mar, 2005

I would recommend learning at least some basic phrases before going to Romania, however long you intend to stay - outside Bucharest it is more difficult to find someone who speaks English (especially when you are trying - or, rather, failing - to book a…Read More


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Snagov Monastery

Written by Cindy Grant on 20 Feb, 2005

One of the most memorable moments of this trip was our arrival at Snagov Monastery. The morning began with an eerie fog, which only intensified as we approached the area around Snagov. Our guide told us it was because there were several lakes…Read More


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Farewell Dinner at Club Dracula

Written by Cindy Grant on 20 Feb, 2005

A short walk down the side street from our hotel brought us to this theme restaurant. There was an upstairs and a downstairs, and since we were such a large group, we had the place to ourselves. It was lit by candlelight, and a…Read More


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Historic Sibiu

Written by Cindy Grant on 19 Feb, 2005

Sibiu was a beautiful city! The roofs of the building surrounding the square had windows that resembled cat eyes. They were used for ventilation to preserve wheat. Sibiu is the only Gothic city in Europe that still has its original buildings. The cathedral was…Read More


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Historic Brasov

Written by Cindy Grant on 19 Feb, 2005

The Black Church dominates the medieval city center. It is an important and imposing structure. We ran into a bit of a problem with the guard in the church and the fact that some of the groups were slow to put away their cameras.…Read More


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Bran Castle

Written by Cindy Grant on 19 Feb, 2005

Bran lies in a mountain pass. The castle was not built by Dracula, as many think, but was built by Saxons to defend the pass from the Turks. The castle stands on top of a 60m peak. The entrance is up a very…Read More


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Poenari Castle

Written by Cindy Grant on 19 Feb, 2005

Poienari Castle was really Dracula's castle. The Turks built the defensive fortress. The castle strategically guards the entrance to Transylvania into the Arges Valley. This is not for those who are not up to active pursuits, as there are 1,500 steps up to the…Read More


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Cozia Monastery

Written by Cindy Grant on 19 Feb, 2005

On our journey to Poenari Castle, we stopped at an Orthodox monastery. There were flowers planted along the walkways, and several fountains were running. On the outside walls at the entrance were paintings, and inside the church, we saw paintings of the Dracula…Read More


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All Saints Day Cemetary

Written by Cindy Grant on 19 Feb, 2005

We walked up a very busy street to a cemetery that sparkled in the dark of night. People had placed tea lights and flowers on the graves of their loved ones. Some candles had been placed in the form of crosses; some outlined the…Read More


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