Tag Archives: Romania

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 […]

Peles Castle II – They Wanted A King

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 us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” I Samuel 8: 19-20 (NIV) The people of Romania wanted a king, so […]

Peles Castle I – The Pack Rat

The suits of armour were very impressive. As was the entire armoury at Peles Castle, spears and swords and medieval equipment, a room full of everything a good knight needs for jousting or battle. Except why would the King of Romania need all this stuff? (There is also the question of why Romania needed a […]

The Ad Campaign

When we were choosing travel destinations for our month in Europe this year, deciding where to go was difficult. We had to visit family in Germany. I really wanted to go to Juno Beach, the site of the Second World War Normandy landings. Vivian said she really didn’t care, as long as we went somewhere […]

Peasant Village

One of the semi-regular vacation destinations of my childhood was traveling with my family to visit Upper Canada Village, a recreated 19th century town saved from the flooding caused during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s. It was an easy day trip from where we lived and was educational, something my […]