Transylvania - The land beyond the forest

I traveled to Transylvania, Romania in September 2011. That trip inspired me to write my newest novel, VLAD ALL OVER, which will be published in October 2012.
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No one thinks Vlad/Dracula actually wore this.  But it looks like something he may have worn.

No one thinks Vlad/Dracula actually wore this.

Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad Tepes aka the "real" Dracula

Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad Tepes aka the "real" Dracula

Castle Bran.  It's known as "Dracula's Castle" even though it is widely acknowledged in Romania that the real Dracula aka Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler never lived there or even visited.  But it's what we all imagine Bram Stoker's Dracula's castle is supposed to look like, so it's where they set up the tourist attraction :)

Castle Bran. It's known as "Dracula's Castle" even though it is widely acknowledged in Romania that the real Dracula aka Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler never lived there or even visited. But it's what we all imagine Bram Stoker's Dracula's castle is supposed to look like, so it's where they set up the tourist attraction :)

Me and my hubby at the top of Poenari Fortress.  And yes, we really did have to climb 1480 steps to reach the fortress.  And no, it was NOT a fun climb.

Me and my hubby at the top of Poenari Fortress. And yes, we really did have to climb 1480 steps to reach the fortress. And no, it was NOT a fun climb.

Brasov "Hollywood" sign at night.  Theirs lights up.  The Hollywood sign in Hollywood does not.  Too bad.

Brasov "Hollywood" sign at night. The Hollywood sign in Hollywood does not.

A perfect example of the old and the new in Bucharest.

A perfect example of the old and the new in Bucharest.

The Carpathians aka the Transylvanian Alps.

The Carpathians aka the Transylvanian Alps.

This one's quaint even with the cars.

This one's quaint even with the cars.


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