When people think of Transylvania, vampires, beasts, fairies and Dracula always come to mind. But, this fairytale land is so much more. Transylvania is home to the most well-preserved medieval towns, Saxon (German) architecture, glorious castles and stunning mountain scenery. Interestingly, Saxon (German) villages dominate this region. German Saxons came to Transylvania during the mid 1100s from the German regions of Northern Europe. They were placed in Transylvania by the Hungarian King to defend the border of Hungary against invasion. Highly skilled and talented, the Saxons built several fortress cities to protect their adopted homeland. We never imagined to find such German heritage nestled in the heart of Romania.
After leaving the smeltering heat of Bucharest behind, we set out on a week-long car adventure around this remarkable land of mountains and walled citadels. Before making our way across the Transylvanian border, we spent time with our friends Calin and Mara in the Prahova Region where we tasted wine (Fete̯askə Ne̯aɡrə) and stayed in a countryside villa. There… animals, pedestrians and horse-drawn carriage dominate the roads. Brett skillfully navigated around cows, horses and stray dogs as we never knew what would lie ahead on the undeveloped Romanian roads. We had a relaxing evening barbequing, drinking wine, listening to David Gilmour and sharing stories with our Romanian friends. Continue Reading