Tag Archives: Romania

Another Castle

When I re-posted my reflections on Dracula’s castle a couple of days ago, I realized I should also let you revisit the other castle I visited that same day. Since no-one is going anywhere today, let’s take a trip back to 2014.   The suits of armour were very impressive. As was the entire armoury at […]

The Vampire’s Castle

Everyone seems a little stir-crazy these days. We can’t go anywhere or do anything. So I thought it would be nice to re-publish a few of my travel tales, places you might want to visit if the planes ever fly again. This one is from September 2014. Dracula is everywhere in Romania, perhaps the country’s […]

Michael Jackson Was Here

How does a post from 2014 show up as the fifth most popular one here in 2019? I think it is because I used Michael Jackson’s name in the title and that trigger search engines somehow. That might make it a bit disappointing for people looking for something insightful about the King of Pop.   There […]

Church On Sunday

It’s a long weekend in Canada, so I thought I would reach back to the past for today’s post. I’m not sure there that is a logical statement, but I’ll leave it for you to judge. This one was originally published in September 2014. I was raised in a family where the expectation was that […]

Searching For Dracula Again

It is Tuesday, and I decided that today we’d go for an encore, a post originally published on September 25, 2014. At this point I have no idea what is coming up when Wednesday rolls around. Dracula is everywhere in Romania, perhaps the country’s biggest tourist draw. But a flawed one that many Romanians are […]

The Ad Campaign

I was talking with a colleague yesterday and she mentioned she was about to leave on vacation, off to visit family in Romania. That brought this post from October 2014 to mind and the great tourism video, which was influential in my decision to visit Romania. Since it was top of mind, I though a […]

Give The People What They Want

I am away until the end of May. Until I get back I am re-posting some favourites so you don’t miss me too much. But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead […]

Searching For Dracula – II

Dracula is everywhere in Romania, perhaps, the biggest tourist draw. Romanians would be proud of him, you would think. But they’re not. Oh, they’ll exploit his image and soak the tourists. The image of Dracula that you know from Hollywood movies and Bram Stoker’s novel is everywhere. But Vlad Dracul, 15th century ruler of the […]

Walking in Bucharest

Two things are guaranteed to get my attention: free and highly rated. When I discovered a walking tour of the historic part of downtown Bucharest, Romania, I signed us up. I chose my time carefully. We were arriving on a flight from Paris in mid-afternoon. I didn’t know how long it would take to get […]

A Walk in Old Brasov

It was the sign on the hill that got me chuckling. I’ve never been to Hollywood, but I have seen the iconic sign in movies, print and television (and yes I know it was originally a real estate ad). So when I saw the sign for Brasov I had to wonder what image the Romanian […]