Bran Castle. AKA the home of Dracula (or is it?), the origin of every Vampire movie, novel, book and a national monument and landmark in Romania. When Mr Kiwi and I were scouring the internet for unique holiday destinations, we jokingly mentioned going to Romania to visit Dracula’s Castle – but it turns out that both of us were quite interested, and within an evening we had shaped a holiday around it. We spent the… View Post

Bucharest Grand Continental Hotel Review

Bucharest Grand Continental Hotel Review

Our first hotel in Bucharest kind of reminded me of a (metaphorical) Mills & Boon romance novel. The luxurious 5-star Bucharest Grand Continental Hotel was all sweet curlicues, wistful drapery, very French inspired faded chic and just the right level of old-fashioned grandeur. Located just a 5-minute walk from the Old Town, our 5-star corner of the city was a perfect place to relax between exploriing wanders.

48 hours in Brasov, Transylvania

48 hours in Brasov, Transylvania

The Transylvanian city of Brasov is usually just a day trip from Bucharest. People spend maybe an hour or so to wandering around the town square, and buy a drink before hopping back on their transport back to the capital city of Romania. But, thanks to an epic tip-off from the travel ninja Shikha at Why Waste Annual Leave and a few other Brasov devotees, instead of following the crowds, we booked a couple of leisurely… View Post

Peles Castle, Transylvania Romania

Peles Castle, Transylvania Romania

Unsurprising confession time: I’m slightly obsessed with castles. Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. I blame Hollywood, Walt Disney and a raging childhood addiction to turning pages that transported a young Kiwi girl from a humble New Zealand backyard to galloping around the world astride a noble steed, tresses streaming in the… View Post

Romania – A Place I Can’t Get Out …

Romania – A Place I Can’t Get Out Of My Head | Travel Linkup

The draw of Dracula’s Castle and the historic coup over communist tyrant Nicolae Ceaușescu was enough to fire up our curiosity about visiting Romania, but I didn’t quite expect how hard it would be to get out of my head. Sometimes we travel to escape, and sometimes we travel to explore – our 4.5 day trip to Romania, staying in Bucharest and Brasov – was a combination of the two.