What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word Transylvania?  If it’s not Dracula, please let me know what is!  Transylvania is a region in Romania bordered by the Carpathian Mountains and is known for medieval cities, castles, mountains and Dracula.

Growing up in Canada, there was a children’s show called “The Hilarious House of Frightenstein” that was narrated by Vincent Price.  Loved it!  My first exposure to Dracula.  This is classic Canadian!

Peles Castle

Built between 1873 and 1914 and located in the Carpathian Mountains, Peles Castle was built for Carol I, King of Romania.  It is beautiful.

Peles Castle

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Inside, Peles Castle is the most beautiful castle I’ve seen.  The wood and stained glass is stunning.

The Executioner’s Sword used to behead noblemen.  The rest of us were just hanged!

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Brașov

Brașov is a city in Transylvania surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains.  Highlights are the Saxon walls, the Black Church and the old town.

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Bran Castle

Located near Brașov, Bran Castle is the legendary home of Count Dracula and also known as Dracula’s Castle.  Dating back to 1377, the castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie, who was the last Queen of Romania.

Bran Castle

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Transylvania is fascinating, beautiful, and it’s cool to walk where Dracula lived (according to legend).  I wouldn’t wander around after dark by myself!

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