From Bucharest, I went deeper into Romania. Next destination: Brasov. Surrounded by the Southern Carpathian Mountains and part of the Transylvania region, Brasov is beautiful. Well known for ancient castles and fortress dated back to Vlad the Impaler, Brasov has its own mysterious air. These photos depicted my definition of Brasov: cerulean blue skies, mysterious and quiet town. These are my stories in Brasov: a town in the middle of nowhere.
On my way to Brasov
Rasnov Citadel or famously known as Fortress of Fear was built in the 13th century. It is the largest peasant fortification ever built in Eastern Europe. Last used in 1848 as a refuge during revolution, Rasnov Citidatel nowadays is among the most haunted places in the world.
Bran Castle, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia had forever been associated with Dracula. Legend said Vlad the Impaler himself resided here for a short time; a fact which had not been supported with any historical evidence. The castle had been a royal residence since 1920 until the communist regime seized it in 1948, with the expulsion of the royal family.
As requested in Queen Marie’s (the last reigning Queen of Romania) will, after her death, her heart was placed in a gold casket and buried in Balcic, later moved to Bran Castle.
Bran Castle ranked among 10 of the most chilling haunted castles in the world. Honestly, I had constant goosebumps while I was here.
In the end, those writings and books on Romania were not relevant anymore. I found Romania as a good country to travel, mainly because it is untouchable by ugly development of the so called first world. Here, you almost can speak to the cerulean blue skies, listen to the whispers of the wind, smile to the people in town and enjoy your dinner without disturbing sounds of blaring traffic. Find times and money to go here. You will never regret it, not in Romania.