Bran Castle!

In the Footsteps of Dracula: Visiting Bran Castle

No trip to Romania is complete without a visit to Bran Castle, famously known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. If you’re familiar with the story of the vampire, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, you’ll know what I’m talking about. That dark, mysterious-looking medieval castle located high up on a hill above the village. The one in all the pictures. And the main tourist attraction in Romania.…

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High Up in the Transylvanian Mountains: The City of Brașov

On our second and last day in Romania, my mum and I decided to take a day trip out to Transylvania, a region in Central Romania known for its vampire stories, historic cities, cute mountain villages and scenic Carpathian landscape. We left our hotel in Bucharest early in the morning and caught a bus from the Gara de Nord train station at 7 AM. The…

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A Weekend Trip to Bustling Bucharest

We arrived at our hotel, Ibis Hotel Palatul Parlamentului, in the early evening of March 10th, dropped off our stuff and then went out to explore Bucharest by night with one important mission – to get something to eat! We had chosen Bucharest as our destination for the weekend for reasons of it being cheap, a more or less undiscovered city and a great base…

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Eastern European March: Romania and Albania

This month, I’ve got some super exciting travel plans coming up – I’m exploring two countries in a part of Europe that I haven’t been to before, Eastern Europe! This part of Europe has always been of great interest to me, but I’ve been saving it for years for an interrail trip that I have yet to do – maybe I’ll do that in the…