Welcome to Romania! (Crossing the Danube from Bulgaria to Romania.)
Danube River - border crossing
Road to Bucharest - interesting roof
Roofs of Romania
Church in Bucharest
Road towards Brasov (E60); Carpathian Mountains up above.
The eerie, yet majestic, Carpathian Mountains loom above our drive to Brasov.
Bucegi - Orthodox church in Predeal
The hotel we saw on the main road of Predeal. We stopped in to ask for a room, but they were booked and sent us to the Vila Isabelle.
Vila Isabelle - our hotel in Predeal
Villa in Predeal neighborhood
Our hotel in Predeal (town bordering Brasov)
Skyroof over the bed
Rooftop view from the skyroof, at sundown.
Town along the drive to Brasov
Postcard of Rasnov Fortress
Rasnov Fortress - from the parking area
Trail up to Rasnov Fortress
Town of Rasnov from the fortress
Entrance up to fortress
Lookout from fortress
Inside Rasnov Fortress
The fortress fountain - read the next photo for the story behind this fountain
Coffee break in the fortress' cafe
The history of Rasnov Fortress
Postcard of the ancient layout of Rasnov Fortress
We were going to have pizza here, but after sitting for 15 minutes, was told that they wouldn't be able to make our pizza for 45 min. They had a total of 7 tables...
See anything funny about Sean's head?
Looking for Bran Castle
A house in Bran
Walk up to Bran Castle
Bran Castle - Dracula's castle in Bram Stoker's Dracula (but it really wasn't Dracula's castle at all)
Entrance to Bran Castle
Courtyard inside Bran
The secret pathway from the library to the master's suite
Grounds below Bran Castle
This was probably where the groundskeeper for Bran Castle lived.
La revedere (good bye), Bran Castle
Bran Castle in winter
Tourist shops outside the entrance gate of Bran Castle
Driving out of Bran
Driving pass Rasnov Fortress, photo taken from the highway
A mantle in the sweet shop - note both the cross and menorah
Guard dog for Peles Castle
Back on the road - next destination, the town of Prejmer
A stork in Prejmer
The fortified church of Prejmer
The living area contains bedrooms, kitchens, etc. It's located in the interior of the fortress.
Town of Sighisoara
A home of Vlad the Impaler in Sighisoara. It's now a restaurant.
The pastel homes of Sighisoara
A random church we drove by, leaving Sighisoara - don't know the name of it, but it's beautiful.
One mode of transporation in Romania
Three more modes of transportation: automobile, horse, bicycle.
The cosmopolitan (or as cosmopolitan as Romania can get) city of Sibiu.
Sean having coffee at our Hilton hotel in Sibiu (only hotel left with vacancy - the whole city was packed due to festival in town)
Entering the old town of Sibiu
The Tourist Information office
Inside the tourist information office
Sibiu was chosen as the European Cultural City of 2007
Look at the "eyes" on the roof.
Another different set of "eyes"
Old roofs of Sibiu
The Romanian Orthodox Cathedral (in Sibiu)
(I did not use flash in taking these photos - the high ISO of my camera brought in light without flash.)
Restaurant recommended by the tourist office for traditional Transylvanian cuisine.
The food was the best we had in Romania (or as good as Eastern European cuisine can get...)
Entertainment during dinner
Sean & I happened upon this - we were not quite sure what to make of it, but it's some sort of performance art in motion.
The town square with an interactive water fountain
I love the eyes on the roofs - this must be the signature roof design of Romania.
Them eyes again...
Heading into the Transfăgărăşan Highway
The lodge about 1/2 hour inside the Transfăgărăşan Highway
A parachutist coming down the Transfăgărăşan Highway
How spectacular is this! During the winter, it's impassable. Therefore, the highway is only opened between end of May and October.
Little home settlements on the Transfăgărăşan Highway
They're even crazier about taking the perfect photo than I am!
Wild horses in the canyon of the highway
Lots of traffic on the highway with no way to pass. It took us 4-5 hours to get through the highway.
The almost hidden sign to Poenari Fortress - Vlad's true castle in the Carpathians
The only place for a meal after the drive out of Transfăgărăşan Highway, and before our hike up to Poenari Fortress.
This way to Vlad's home
The start of the trail to Poenari, up the stairs
There are approximately 1500 steps up to Poenari Fortress. I think I lost a couple of pounds by the time we got up to the top.
Ticket seller for Poenari
The final ascent to Poenari
View from Poenari
The ruins of Poenari
Poenari Fortress perched atop
Driving home, through a few Romanian villages.
The 5pm rush hour
Snack stands on the way home
Cart, with tires, pulled by a horse.
Help me find my earrings, they fell in the ditch.