Monday, May 30, 2011

Because one post wasn't enough...

  Peleș Castle - Transylvania, Romania
Too beautiful to resist a second post!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Peleș Castle...what a palace should look like!

 Peleș Castle - Transylvania, Romania

 The castle was inaugurated in 1883

 and built for King Carol I of Romania (1839 - 1914)

 the Saxon influence is strong and leaves a breathtaking impression,
particularly in the palace's courtyard

Some more information Peleș Castle

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Sinaia Monastery

 The Sinaia Monastery's Great Church in Sinaia, Transylvania, Romania

 inside the Old Church

 the Monastery was founded in 1695 
and named after the Sinai Monastery (Saint Catherine's Monastery) on Mount Sinai

inside the Old Church

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Count Dracula, I am glad we did not meet

 Bran Castle - Transylvania, Romania; Forever associated with the Dracula legend
(Because one post just wasn't enough)

the entrance to the castle

outside the highest room
 out into the courtyard

 the well in the courtyard

In Bram Stoker's Dracula, the main character observes Count Dracula scaling down the side of his castle
My bets is this would be the creepiest one to have seen him crawling down

The Dracula Legend and is he really the nasty Vlad Tepes?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Entering the Land of Dracula: Bran Castle

 Bran Castle of the Dracula legend-- Romania

 the courtyard at Bran Castle

 the castle

 Transylvania, Romania

 the fort

the castle

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Brasov: Entering Transylvania

 The Black Church - Brasov, Romania
the church got its name from a 1689 fire that raged killing 3,000

 Brasov in glorious Transylvania

 City Center - Brasov

The Rasnov, Romania, citadel -- built around 1215 by the Teutonic Knights.  
It was only conquered once in 1600

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Village Within a City

Orthodox icons at the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Musuem - Bucharest, Romania

There aren't walls this white and windows this blue in Dakar - Bucharest

Lake Herăstrău -- Herăstrău Park, Bucharest

Lake Herăstrău from the Village Musuem (Muzeul Satului)

the Village Musuem

a windmill at the Village Musuem

 Lake Herăstrău

What is Bucharest's Village Musuem?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Athenaeum & Arc de Bucharest

 The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania

 Bucharest's own Arc de Triumph

 The beautiful Athenaeum opened in 1888

 The Arc was built in 1922

 It honors the bravery of the Romanian men who fought in World War I


What's the Athenaeum?!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Every Communist Dictator Needs a People's Palace...

The Palace of the Republic built by Nicolae Ceauşescu- Bucharest, Romania

but many Romanians call it the People's Palace

 View of Bucharest from the Palace

 the second largest office building in the world...behind the Pentagon 


More on the Palace...apparently it's also the world's heaviest building. 
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