After another short drive through the mountains, we entered Transylvania and the city of Bran. Notable for Bran Castle, known as Dracula’s Castle, because Bram Stoker mentioned it in Dracula. There apparently is no evidence that Stoker knew anything about the castle, or ever visited it, and there are “only tangential associations with Vlad III, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula.” (Wikipedia).
But first, nourishment at Restaurant Galeriile Bran. I went traditional with Sarmale cu mamaliga si carnati (I can’t vouch for the recipe), and another Romanian brew, Ursus.
I enjoyed it very much. Foarte bine. I was, however, a little disappointed that I had to listen to American country music through the whole meal. I mean, I’ve got nothing against country music, but in this beautiful place it was…unseemly.
Yes, I know the “5D Cinemax” sign is a bit out of place.
Another short walk past all the tourist trap shops selling Dracula items, Romanian peasant blouses, and oddly, lots of “Frozen” items. Now that I think about it, I suppose the area does remind me a bit of Arendelle.
On to Dracula’s Castle
Added 18 October, 2016….I have a lot to learn about travel blogging as evidenced by this wonderful post about Bran Castle and Dracula: Romania – Bran Castle and Dracula. There is a lot more information here, and some great photos. Recommended reading!