Romania, a magical place full of history. I spent the weekend enjoying castles, monuments, architecture, and food. The biggest lesson I learned was do not, I repeat DO NOT rent a car in Romania. DO NOT DO IT! It seemed like a great idea, "hey look! it's only $17 a day." except it wasn't. The mark up was about 800% and then someone hit the car and I ended up not getting any of the ridiculously high deposit back. Anyway, other than the incredibly creepy and way too expensive rental car it was a fun weekend. Starting with Dracula's Castle.
Bran Castle, about 2 hours outside Bucharest. Yes it's known as Dracula's castle, but only because in the 1300's Vlad the Impaler tortured and killed people and probably lived there. It has also been home to members of the royal family.
Next was Peles Castle which is gorgeous inside and out. Completed in 1883 it was the first castle in Europe lit completely be electric power. It also has a central vacuum system.
On the way back I also saw a crazy huge cemetery, yes it's strange but I stopped in to take a couple of pictures.
Memorial for the Revolution in 1989 when Romania threw off communism.
Vlad the Impaler bust.
Michailv Voevodv, don't really know what he did but it's a sweet statue.
I spent a good amount of time just walking around and seeing all the amazing buildings around the city.
Largest parliament building in Europe.
Carol I University Library.
And food!! The pork knuckle at Caru' cu Bere. Worth it!