Friday, July 1, 2011

Up next...Vienna, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia & Bucharest, Romania

Tomorrow I will be leaving for probably my last European trip of this journey. I'll be visiting my friend in Bucharest, Romania for a few days, but also wanted to throw in a few other countries on the short trip. Traveling from Paris to Romania is not the easiest thing to do, so after a few days, I finally figured out the least expensive and most interesting trip for one week of travel:

- Vienna, Austria (1 day)
- Bratislava, Slovakia (1 day)
- Bucharest, Romania ( 4 days)

I told Mihnea, that I would visit him in Romania, on one condition, "I want to see Dracula's castle", he replied, "No problem, but it's not that Hollywood vampire shit, he was a real person." Point taken.

The "real" Dracula's Castle, Vlad "the Impaler" Tepes' Poenari Fortress, can only be reached by climbing 1480 stairs and is a day trip from Bucharest. I don't mind the stairs, I just hope I can find a willing partner to escort me there. There is another "Dracula's Castle" (Bran Castle) but he never lived there, and it's just kind of a tourist trap. Hopefully I can work something out to see the real castle.