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Transylvania - any good for a holiday?

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Message 1 - posted by U2426416 - alt id 6, Jul 21, 2007

My kids want to take the Dracula trail. I thought it was a fictional place until i learnt that it is part of southern Romania Apparently it is fairly hospitable since they killed off the Communists. Can anyone offer any pracitcal advice for or against? We thought a fortnight in late August.The boys are mid teens and very lively but house trained.
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Message 2 - posted by patsy, Jul 21, 2007

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Message 3 - posted by DerbyAndProud, Jul 21, 2007

Can anyone offer any pracitcal advice

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Don't forget to pack garlic:)
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Message 4 - posted by U2426416 - alt id 6, Jul 21, 2007

weve looked at most sites and a lot of it originates from Romania but we'd really like to hear from someone who's been or knows someone who has and can say whether its a fun and beaable experience or whether we'd be commiting to some cold war spartan living hell.
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Message 5 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Jul 21, 2007

My daughter and boyfriend went three years ago. She said travel was a pain and the roads hazardous because of horses and carts and wild dogs. Food was very basic and the hotels hit and miss. The countryside a bit like Bavaria with both fairytale and stark intimidating castles at picturesque points in steep sided valleys and high in the mountains. They are not part of the Euro have suburbs with horrid residential blocks but the old medieval towns and villages are often unspoilt. The food is unpredictable and there's rarely a choice, the booze varies but there are lots of beerhalls. Hope this gives you a start. They were pleased they went but wouldn't go back.Read the book first. Hows your memory of school learnt medieval european history? Beware its a bit close to Serbia. Romania also votes as part of that crazed sector in the European Song Contest.
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Message 6 - posted by U7209542 - alt id 7 (all banned), Jul 21, 2007

Sonds like its a long weekend break rather than a week or two. Don't forget to take Marmite, bog rolls and tea bags.
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Message 7 - posted by U6532874, Jul 21, 2007

What about the Wye Valley instead?
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Message 8 - posted by Jem, Jul 22, 2007

My daughter and boyfriend went three years ago. She said travel was a pain and the roads hazardous because of horses and carts and wild dogs. Food was very basic and the hotels hit and miss. The countryside a bit like Bavaria with both fairytale and stark intimidating castles at picturesque points in steep sided valleys and high in the mountains. They are not part of the Euro have suburbs with horrid residential blocks but the old medieval towns and villages are often unspoilt. The food is unpredictable and there's rarely a choice, the booze varies but there are lots of beerhalls. Hope this gives you a start. They were pleased they went but wouldn't go back.Read the book first. Hows your memory of school learnt medieval european history? Beware its a bit close to Serbia. Romania also votes as part of that crazed sector in the European Song Contest.

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I went there on a school trip way back in '74. It doesn't sound like it's changed very much! I can remember getting collared by a uniformed woman at the airport who was checking the hand luggage. She'd found my toothpaste and was waving in under my nose. "And vot is dis?" she demanded. Obviously not hot on the personal hygiene then. Caucescu was in power and our guide kept telling us what a wonderful man he was. She also wanted to buy my shoes (which I kept).

Dracula's castle we did go to but I can't say that I remember a lot about it. The memory is fading a bit now! The Carpathian mountains area was beautiful. We were taken across a lake to a church where Vlad Tepes was once buried (Dracula). It was said that anyone crossing his grave (as it was in the doorway) took some of his evil with them. Another story told to us was that his bones had been removed and replaced with a horse's. Speaking of which, rumour had it that the meat we ate there was just that.<yikes>

It was a very grey place Bucharest and quite eery.

Another thing - we travelled by Tarom the state airline. We learnt after that it has the worst crash rate in the world. It was a bit rickety.

All in all though even though I can't remember much I believe that I enjoyed it. That could be due to my young age then and the fact that it was my first trip abroad. <ok>
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