It’s been a good, long while since my last post. Since leaving Scotland and moving to England work kind of took over and 5 months flew by very quickly. I’ve decided to skip ahead (once again) and start writing about my current travels and get back to blogging about work when my holidays end.
The travel plan this time was to start in Romania and end (well kind of) in Egypt. I’ll start from the start in Romania…..
Cluj-Napoca, first stop!
One of the best restaurants we ate at in the whole of Romania was here at a restaurant called Matei Corvin. It’s quite traditional Romanian cuisine but also has other options, mostly different Asian dishes. I chose a veal stew with dumplings on the side with sheep cheese and sour cream. It was full of flavour and a huge portion, but I managed to finish it! Unfortunately the lighting was very dim and I couldn’t get a good shot on my slightly out of date camera, but I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is visiting the city.
The charming city of Brasov, complete with a “Hollywood” styled sign.
The legendary Bran Castle, which infact has very little to do with Dracula, vampires or even Vlad the Impaler. Vlad is a national hero in Romania because he fought against the Ottomans (Turkish) and kept Romania free. He was given the name Vlad the Impaler because of how he punished his enemies, as the name suggests he impaled them. This was done by lying them down, putting a pole in the anus, then standing them up with the pole stuck in the ground, slowly the pole would move through the body and eventually come out at the back of the neck, through the spine, killing the enemy/ victim. I was told this process if done properly would skip all the vital organs, therefore dragging out the process taking the enemy/ victim up to 3 days to die….quite gruesome!
Some souvenirs after the visit to Bran?
Statue of Trajan and the She-Wolf in Bucharest by artist Vasile Gorduz. The locals aren’t fans!
The Romanian Parliament. At the time it was built communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu was in power, which may explain the crazy size of the building.