Visiting Bran Castle
A random cemetery I came by while in Romania. Like so many countries in the Caucasus region, it seems in Romania they put photos on most of their tombstones.
Eventually I made it to the city of Bran in Romania. This was by far the most touristy place I have visited while in the country. Castle Bran is one of the most famous in Romania, and it is definitely one of the biggest tourist attractions. Above is a vampire giving a welcome, with a souvenir area being packed by tourists on the upper right. Below is a castle flag and village hut at the base of Bran Castle.
Above is a man dressed up in medieval attire and a not so good photo of Bran castle. I’m not sure if the guy is looking up to determine if it might rain or trying to see how much sunlight is left before the vampires come out.
I got unlucky when I visited Bran castle and had a huge school field trip right in front of me. I had to wait in line forever but went at a really slow pace to let all the kids continue so I could have the whole place to myself. These kids on the left are blocking what is the main entrance to Bran Castle. On the right is one of the rooms that is decorated as it once was.
Outside Chisinau the country is made up of farmland and small villages built on rolling hills. Above is some typical scenery I saw while driving in the countryside. The post on the right marked the entrance to a very small town I went through. Most Moldovans I saw who were working in farms were doing everything by hand like these people on the lower left. I even passed by one field that had maybe 20 people working the fields with hand tools!
I’m not sure who these people are, but the woman on the right had a camera and was taking pictures so it seemed pretty obvious that they weren’t associated with Bran Castle. They could be on some unique honeymoon or some extreme Dracula and medieval castle enthusiasts that dressed up. Below are two more photos of Bran Castle.