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Transylvania

October 29, 2010
tags: halloween, vampire, travel, weekend getaway, where to go, what to do, transylvania, spooky, myth, history, dracula, dracula's castle, bran castle, carparthian mountains, queen marie, bat, bat cave, coffin, red velvet, museum, castles, romania, travel guide, rocky horror picture show, dr. frank-n-furter, halloween 2010
by Sonia

In honor of Halloween weekend I thought it was only fitting for us to spend our “Weekend Getaway” in Transylvania, the home of the notorious blood-sucking villain, Dracula.

Transylvania is the largest region in Romania and is filled with all kinds of kooky myths and legends. There are over 100 castles and 70 churches scattered throughout the region, but the castle to which this post is focused is none other than Dracula’s home, the Bran Castle. Dracula’s castle is located within the Carparthian Mountains, a mountain range that is as equally known for its spectacular views as it is for its spOooOooky mists and gloomy hovering clouds.

While today the castle functions as a museum displaying a collection of goods belonging to the Queen Marie, I like to envision walking on creaky wooden floors through cobwebs and dark passageways stumbling upon black coffins lined with red velvet and basements resembling bat caves. Ok, ok so that might be a bit too scary for the likes of me, but myth or no myth it’s still fun to imagine that Dracula did at one point live in this infamous castle. Aside from traveling through the pages of Bram Stoker’s novel and laughing along with Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I have never actually physically been to Transylvania but I can picture myself freaking out by the slightest flicker of a candle. I have a tendency to spook myself out when there’s a creepy myth looming in the shadows, but regardless of the scare factor Transylvania is definitely a place I want to visit.

And on that note I wish you all a wonderful and Happy Halloween!!!

Bran Castle a.k.a. Dracula’s home •

• the castle grounds •

• Carparthian Mountains •

• view from the castle •

Have you ever been to Transylvania?

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photos via flickr

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  1. A.D. permalink
    October 29, 2010 8:33 am

    Beautiful if eerie. Love the cottage overgrown with moss.

  2. Meem permalink
    October 29, 2010 10:17 am

    you should read the book The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - it takes you to tranylvania!

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