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May 17, 2012 - Transylvania, Romania

From the tour brochure: "Transylvania conjures up images of haunted castles, gothic churches, werewolves and vampires. Its connection with the famous Count Dracula, itself a literary myth, is a small part of what makes Transylvania an enchanting, romantic and exciting destination. The medieval masterpiece of Sighisoara is a World Heritage site."

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Oct 31, 2009 - Halloween

We woke up thinking that Halloween was going to be awesome. Here we were in Transylvania, staying right next door to where Vlad Tepes/Dracula was born. Jaime and I went out to see the area during the day. We didn't see any other tourist and we were getting kind of scared that this party was going to be uneventful because they didn't even celebrate Halloween out here. We did have lunch in the house where Vlad Tepes was born, which has now been converted to a restaurant. The food out here is really not good. The people are unfriendly. The...

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My European Trip

Sep 23, 2009 - 'Unplanned' Sighisoara

After our failed attempt to disembark at Augustine we ride the train to Sighisoara. Travel plans can, and do, change ! Sighisoara citadel was a great mistake to happen; an old walled hilltop city center with the 'new' city below. Thousands of chestnuts falling from the trees and carpeting the ground. No one seems to take much notice. Also interesting to watch the town crew excavate and replace the cobblestone streets of the citadel, cobble by cobble. Final dinner with Thel & John as the are off to Budapest; uncanny the way we continually...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Sighisoara

Sighisoara's claim to fame is that Dracula was born here, well Vlad the Impaler was at least. That was reason enough for me to tell Luke that we HAD to come to this dreamy medieval citadel town - with half a millennium old townhouses of bright colours overlooking hilly cobbled streets and church bells that clang in the early hours - seeing where Dracula made his first steps was definitely enough to justify a quick drop-by. Most of the sights are in the compact old town, the delightful medieval citadel perched on a hillock, and are...

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Taking the Long Way

Oct 29, 2008 - Sighisoara - Dracula's Home Town

Sighisoara It was getting close to Halloween and we were working our way through the heart of Transylvania. We left Suceava by bus. I fell asleep looking at the tree-less farmland of the Romanain prairie. When I woke up less than an hour later we were on a mountain road with switchbacks, steep climbs, and densely lined with fir trees. Romania is funny like that. The scenery can change dramatically in less than 100kms. After a short stop at Targu Murres, a city of 170,000 with a distinctive Hungarian feel, we found ourselves on our way to...

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Sep 19, 2008 - Saxon Fortified Churches & Sighisoara

September 19 (Saxon Fortified Churches & Sighisoara) I retraced my steps that had brought me Sighisoara the previous evening in order to have a look at some Saxon Fortified Churches (SFC) and life in rural Transylvania. The churches were built by Saxons between the 12th & 14th centuries to defend Hungary's eastern frontier from Turkish invaders. There are about 100 such churches in the region in various states of repair. The first one I visited was at Atel, one of the smaller ones of the lot. A sleepy village separates the church from the...

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Sep 18, 2008 - W. of Sibiu, N. to Sighisoara

Thursday, September 18, 2008 W. of Sibiu, (Cristian, Sibiel, Poiana Sibiului, Slimnic, Sighisoara) Using a detailed city map I acquired the previous day I whipped out of the city in minutes. Had I had this map upon my arrival in the city two days ago, I think of the 2 1/2 hours of frustration I would have avoided. The day’s objective was to go NE to Sighisoara, a distance of only 60 miles. Thus I decided to visit an area west of Sibiu, Sibailui (lands bordering Sibiu) where primitive village life is still alive and well. However, before I...

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Aug 29, 2008 - Sighisoara, Romania

August 28 Sighisoara, Romania It is here that we crossed into the magical land of Transylvania - the name alone conjures up images of haunted castles, gothic churches, werewolves and vampires. Its connection with the famous Count Dracula, itself a literary myth, is a small part of what makes Transylvania an enchanting, romantic and exciting destination. After travelling through the pastoral fields we arrived in the afternoon at the medieval masterpiece of Sighisoara ('Sig-he-shwara'). This well-preserved medieval city is likely to seduce...

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Jun 12, 2008 - Transylvania

Well, we have arrived here at the birthplace of Vlad, the Impaler (otherwise known as Dracula). This is kind of a creepy little place. Everthing is very gothic. The next couple of places that we will stay in are all about Vlad. There are monuments erected to him here. We just got in today. So far, a window in Harold and Kumar's room inexplicably shattered when the wind caught it. It was open and swung shut and shattered. Harold has been the first to draw blood here. He was right next to the window, and just got a little cut on his arm....

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Apr 8, 2008 - The Good, the Vlad, and the Ugly

Welcome back - It's been three and a half long months since my last posting. Hard to believe I was able to avoid travel for that long. But, at last, I'm away again; this time with my daughter. Margaret completed her studies at De Anza and is waiting to hear from Davis and Berkeley about the fall. She's already been accepted at Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. We're both at loose ends so it seemed a good idea at the time to resume our travels together. So we packed our bags, put our house up for sale (really!), and hit the road. We left...

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Nov 18, 2007 - Sighisoara

Fuimos a Sighisoara, un pueblito antiguo y pintoresco en el medio de Transylvania. Hacia bastante frio. Lo principal en el pueblo es la casa donde vivio Vlad Tepes ("el Impalador"), o Vlad Dracul ("hijo del dragon"), el principe sobre el cual se construyo la leyenda de Dracula. Dicen que, para ahuyentar a los turcos que querian conquistar el area de Rumania, Vlad los emboscaba cuando tenian que pasar en fila por los senderos de las montanhas de Transilvania, y al dia siguiente aparencian incrustados en unos palos y demoraban 48 horas en...

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Aug 7, 2007 - Accidents

Saw another accident today. Unfortunately this one involved a horse and buggy. Now these things go everywhere. Back roads, main roads and freeways. Most drivers seem to at least give them a bit of leeway but someone obviously got impatient. The buggy was a write off, the driver was sitting by the side of the road getting taken care of, looking very shook up...and for the horse...I didn't see it. With any luck that means good news. If it had died it would have still been on the road as those suckers aren't easy to move. I hope it has been...

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