Rupea Citadel

Erika likes to tease me that there are trigger words on brown road signs that she knows will spark my interest. Foremost among them is “fortification.” Anything big and old, I find fascinating. Yesterday, while driving from Sighișoara back to Brașov (this time via the highway) we past brown sign after brown sign that said “fortificata,” but we were on a timeline, so without a preview, it … Continue reading Rupea Citadel


Bran Castle

No visit to Transylvania is complete without a quick stop at Bran Castle, the reputed home of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, a member of the House of Drăculești, also known, using his patronymic, as (Vlad) Drăculea or (Vlad) Dracula and posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler. Regarding his nickname, Wikipedia has this to offer: As the cognomen ‘The Impaler’ suggests, his practice of impaling his enemies … Continue reading Bran Castle