Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Spend Halloween In Transylvania

By Suzanne Brevelle

October would be a great time for a Spooky vacation and here's a great travel deal going on right now:

Oct 28, 2009 - Welcome to Romania!
Arrive in Bucharest, capital of Romania. Transfers to the Train Station. Short trip along the Prahova Valley to the Royal Resort city of Sinaia, located in the Carpathian Mountains.

Oct 29, 2009 – Royal palaces
More than a century ago Peles castle took shape and substance from fairy-tales and dreams about royalty. This exquisitely detailed landmark, set amidst sculpture gardens and fountains, was the summer residence of Romanian Royal family. Inside you'll see beautiful collections of mediaeval weaponry, stained glass, silk rugs and furniture. Today we visit the Bran Castle, built in 1377 by master masons of Brasov on a cliff, dominating the whole region. Then on our way to Sighisoara we shall visit the city of Brasov, one of the largest mediaeval towns in Transylvania. We will see old fortification ruins of the former burg, the narrow and tortuous streets, the old baroque houses with their bulky arched gates, stills and keeps in the mediavel downtown. Visit Black Church - built between 1385-1477 one of the most important Gothic art monuments in Romania, impressive by its massiveness, the richness of architecture and its historical background. Overnight within the walls of mediaeval Sighisoara Citadel.

Oct 30, 2009 – A taste of Transylvania
This morning we shall drive to Sibiu – a city mentioned for the first time in documents in 1192 under the name of Cibinum, one of the most romantic cities of Romania. Through the Council Tower we arrive in the Small Square which is the old commercial center of the fortified citadel. The Liars Bridge is the first Cast Iron Bridge in Romania. Its name comes from the false love declarations young people used to promise each other in the evening. One of the most impressive fortified churches in Southern Transylvania is Biertan, built in 1302 as a Hungarian border fortification. Biertan is better known as the residence of the Lutheran Transylvanian Bishops for almost 300 years but is also connected to Vlad the Impaler’s life, in 1459 he was appointed to the Prince. Return to Sighisoara in the evening for an optional Witch Trial. Overnight within the walls of mediaeval Sighisoara.

Oct 31, 2009 – Sighisoara at Halloween time
Sighisoara is the best-preserved 15th century walled town in Europe. On the present 'Hill of the Citadel' ('Dealul Cetatii'), the upper town, a stronghold, was erected in the 2nd. half of the 12th. Century. Nowadays, Sighisoara is synonym to the European Middle Age in Romania. Here lived, between 1431-1435, Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Devil), future Prince of Wallachia, thus called because the German Emperor knighted him as Knight of the Dragon. He was Vlad the Impaler's father, known as Dracula (the son of the Devil), born most probably here in Sighisoara, in 1431.The actual 15th. Century house where Prince Vlad Dracul was born has been turned into a restaurant and a museum full of interesting flavors and artifacts.

Day 5 – Beyond Transylvania
This morning we leave Sighisoara for Bucharest and say goodbye to these stories about Prince Vlad - Dracula. In the early evening, we pay a visit to Village Museum and see how Bucharest looked a millennium ago. Tonight you shall re-enter the domains of The Count, this time at his residence in Bucharest, not far from the ruins of his court. Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 6 – Good bye dear romantics of the world!
Pending time available, visit the "House of the People" (today known as the Parliament’s Palace), an enormous building built on orders from the late communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu - himself compared often to a vampire for his thirst of power. Many human lives and historic buildings were sacrificed for the erection of the palace.

Suzanne Brevelle is from Lafayette and works at Avenues To Travel. You can contact her via email or telephone 337-231-5656. She is a Certified Specialist for Sandal’s and Beaches Resorts as well as Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Hawaii. Her specialty is couples and family vacations, groups, honeymoons and corporate travel.

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