She described the beauty, warmth and hospitality of the Romanian people and for years I've been wanting to visit.
What to expect in Romania? Well I had no idea, but in the taxi from the airport I realised Bucharest is a very developed and modern city with wonderfully grand old buildings, cobbled streets and very cool wine bars!
No gypsys in sight - this is a common misconception and I thought I’d address it here. Romania is not the ancestral home of gypsies. Whilst they are called the Roma or Romany, it has been said they have more ties to India than anywhere else (Romani shares a basic lexicon with Hindi and Punjabi.) see wikipedia if you don't believe me!
Food & Drink
The food is similar to Hungarian style, stew, cabbages and heavy dishes all designed to taste amazing and put on those calories!
Great coffee & lovely shopping. Plus the exchange rate of the lei is great compared to Aussie & GBP!
Went to the village museum, wow. They had whole houses that have been uprooted and brought here to make an outdoor museum. We wandered through seeing the various styles from the different regions of Romania.
The next day we headed out on the trail of Dracula! Starting out at his childhood home of Curtea de Arges (Court upon Arges river) ancestral seat of Wallachia.