We are now in Sighisoara, the birthplace of Count Dracula (Vlad Tepes). We arrived at the town around 6pm and after driving around the town centre three times looking for available hotel rooms, we were finally directed by a friendly hotel receptionist to this hidden enclave, up on a hill inside the old city wall. This part of town is incredible. No new buildings here. Medieval town with cobbled street lined with 16th century burger houses and surrounded by 11 towers. (The only problems they have here at the moment are with the roads. They are modernizing the sewage system, thus making driving on these narrow streets very difficult.) After a quick wandered around the town, we had dinner at the terrace of the famous Vlad Dracula’s house.

On leaving Bucharest this morning, we drove first to Bran (on the road towards Brasov) to visit Bran Castle, a 53 room fairytale castle. Though they promote this castle as Count Dracula’s castle but according to legend this is not true. There is no record indicating that he stayed here. Just outside this castle there is a museum showing a collection of Transylvanian farm buildings. Meanwhile the weather has been kind to us today. It was dry when we left this morning and stayed dry when we visited Bran castle with around 17 deg temperature. But on the way here we had very heavy rain. Fortunately it stopped just before we arrived and been dry since then. Hopefully it stays that way for the rest of the holiday.