|Old Town Brasov|
|Crumbled ruins of Rasnov Castle|
|Bran Castle's secret passageway|
makes Frank "thirsty" for Anne's blood!
Speaking of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, here are some interesting facts, or so we were told. Bram Stoker, author of the infamous Dracula tale, wrote it in the mid 1800’s and never even visited the area for any research. Also, his popular fictional book is the second most printed book ever, exceeded only by the Bible.
|Bran Castle: Queen Mary's homey castle|
|"Interrogation Chair" in the Torture Museum, |
replete with sharply pointed wooden spikes
Interestingly, what Frank enjoyed the most was the “Torture Museum” with its gruesome collection of authentic (i.e. actually used!) instruments of the most hideous tortures.
|"Riddling" the champagne bottles |
to get rid of the dead yeast
After the arrival of communism, The Rhein family returned to Germany. The communist government actually allowed Germany to “buy back” their citizens (as a moneymaking scheme – of course, no true Romanians were permitted to leave the country). The communists expanded the winery (and no doubt lowered the quality of the wine) – they also exported all of it to Russia! Today the winery is owned by a British company who is re-establishing the original methods of the Rhein family.
|Love the bubbly!|
|Queen Mary's Golden Room|
|Ceausescu's Parliamentary Palace|
|Opulence of the Parliamentary Palace|
Ceausescu’s dream was to address 100,000 people from the Palace’s balcony, but it never happened. He was deposed before even spending one night here. Our guide told us the first person to ever address the multitudes from the balcony ended up being Michael Jackson who made a famous flub saying, “Welcome Budapest!”