Transylvania – it’s like the Bermuda Triangle, but in the heart of Europe. Nobody knows exactly what’s going on or happening, but vague associations arising in the head, hinting at something scary, sinister, that maybe happens in this mysterious place to this day.
Geographically, Transylvania – the area on the map located on the plateau within the wedge formed by the Eastern and Southern Carpathians.
In political terms, this part of Romania. But it was not always – in the Middle Ages Transylvania was then an independent state, then the Hungarians, then the Turks. Its borders were guarded by the Saxons – warlike natives of Germany, who built here a number of notable castles.
In a cultural context, Transylvania fanned by myths and legends, is securely stored by mountains and forests. The main legend of these places – the graph of the bloodsucking Dracula. I must say that this legend is younger than most of the trees on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains: it invented the Irish writer Bram Stoker, from the pen of which in 1897 fluttered like the wings of a giant bat tome titled “Dracula.”In his dramatic book Stocker described the entertaining and full of bloody inhuman life vampire aristocrat Count Dracula, who lives in a castle in Transylvania.
3. From before, the story was fictional, except for one small detail: in Wallachia (the then name of the current Romania) in the 15th century was indeed a ruler named Vlad Dracula. From him Dracula Stoker inherited some details biography, for emphasis. But the real Dracula was not immortal vampire (otherwise would be entitled to this day), but differed cruelty – for example, the first in the region has become the example of the Turks creatively put enemies on stakes.
Bran Castle was built as a defensive fortress in the late 14th century. This business card Transylvania, from the perspective in brochures as the abode of “that” Dracula.
4. In fact, the ruler of Wallachia held in the castle a few days, while in captivity (although historical evidence to support at least this fact does not exist). But who cares about facts – thanks to Bram Stoker, the enterprising owners of Bran Castle, and gossip, vampirism in general and Dracula in particular have become major brands Transylvania.
Fortress in Rasnov was built in the first half of the 13th century Teutonic Knights to protect the territory of Transylvania.
5. One of the legends associated with the fortress, says that once the two captive Turkish soldiers were given the task – to dig a well, after which they guaranteed freedom. After 17 years later the work was completed, the prisoners did not let go, and killed, in good medieval tradition.
Cities Transylvania are very cozy and are unlike the rest of Romania.
6. Inhabitants of Transylvania nice and welcoming, especially before nightfall.
7. The traditional elements of the female national costume in Transylvania – short jacket called “Notices.”
8. This Transylvania – mountains and forests. Moreover, it is not trampled, that seems strange, because it happens almost in the center of Europe. Strange but true – paved roads in the mountains of Transylvania there is little, so we can find adventure for an SUV of any size and configuration.
9. The feature of many local primers – rocky base, which allows it to go on even in the rain on a crossover with the usual AT tires.
10. The higher the mountain, the more mixed forest gives way to pine. The air is filled with delicate aromas of hot earth and pine needles.
12. If you frequently go out for a photo, then soon to the smell of manure mixed odor resistant – you can see all the flocks of sheep, guarded by powerful dogs.
14. Giant trees, wet with fog trunks are covered with delicate yellow-green moss, smell good and frightening at the same time – given the mythological load at night in the forest is scary, and you’re lucky if you meet in the forest giant dog – and suddenly, a vampire or a werewolf?
15. In the afternoon on a cloudy day mountain Transylvania – a fairy-tale forest.
19. spurs scattered tiny private dairies, then produce an environmentally friendly product, namely sheep cheese of different varieties.
21. By the way, did you know that the word cheese comes from the Romanian, and it means “sheep’s cheese”?
22. The process of cheese making is impossible without a hearth, which is heated with wood – as well as hundreds of years ago.
23. Farmers – kindness itself. Before Night Falls … But that’s what I’m talking about. They are good farmers. This all the myths!
25. Transylvania – an amazing place, once again proves that our high-tech age of automation, urbanization and globalization on the map of Europe still have white spots, places where there is no Internet, and life goes on much the same as in the Middle Ages. At the same time a few steps from the pristine nature here you can easily find an arbitrarily-star hotel and a gourmet restaurant with a rustic local cuisine, live music, wild boar heads on the walls and stuffed bears at the entrance.
26. After five ryumochek “palinka” intoxicating as the bite of a vampire, a cheerful sounds of the violin awkwardly stuffed bear begins to dance Kalinka visitors, sprinkling sawdust on the floor. “Oh, Kalinka-palinka!”
How’s Stoker wrote,
“- We are in Transylvania, and Transylvania – England is not our way –
not your way, and then you meet a lot of strange things. Well, at least from your
experiences during a short trip here, you already know something about the
strange things that can happen here. “