I’ve done a lot since I last wrote (sorry it’s been so long), and so I’ve decided to split this update into two parts. First up: all about my trip to Brasov, Romania.
My Mom came to visit for a week, and we spent three of those days in the Transylvanian region of Romania. There is an overnight bus that goes directly from Chisinau to Brasov, and so while it does take nine hours, the whole trip is relatively straightforward (i.e. cheap). And it was worth any discomfort to end up in this beautiful slice of the world!
We spent the first day walking around Brasov city (and recovering from our long bus ride), and the second day on a tour, which was supposed to give us a kind of “sampler course” of the major sights in the region. It was a lot of fun, and we saw Peles Castle, Bran Castle (Dracula!), and Rasnov Fortress.
1.Peleş Castle was built at the initiative of King Charles I, to serve as a summer residence.
2. The castle has been open to the public as a national museum since 1953.
3. The tour guides there are super knowledgable, and with your entrance free you get a tour of the lower rooms (there is an extra fee to visit the upper levels).
Did you know?: Dracula is often confused with Vlad the Impaler. However, Vlad was a Walachian Prince with a castle, now in ruins, located in the Principality of Wallachia. Therefore, because Bran Castle is the only castle in all of Transylvania that actually fits Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s Castle, it is known throughout the world as Dracula’s Castle.
On the last day of our trip, we walked around Brasov again, however this time going up into the hills and hiking/exploring the Brasov sign (which showed how pervasive hollywood and LA are).
Overall this was a very nice trip, and I find myself to like Romania more and more each time I visit. Of course it helps that I have only visited the very beautiful (and more tourist-y) cities!
Next up: What I’ve been getting up to in Chisinau (and some of the odder events I’ve attended).