July 6, 2016

Transylvania and Updates

Things about Transylvania and regular updates will return soon.....

Until then, enjoy these photos.

March 8, 2016

Dracula and His Power

Dracula is one of the more famous gothic characters most people know of, besides Frankenstein's monster.

Which is all well and good, and the fact that Dracula brings to Transylvania the all important tourist dollar, it's wise to begin to think about the power of the Dracula myth on Transylvania.  After all there is no doubt that although it was the home of Queen Marie of Romania, Bran Castle is commonly known as "Dracula's Castle."

For a small fee, tourists can go inside the castle and see what life was like for the Romanian Royal Family between the wars.  There is a bit of the gothic history, and a mention of the Teutonic Knights who were the original builders of the castle.

However,  Transylvania, and Romania do not get income from the castle, the descendants of Queen Marie and King Ferdinand of Romania, through the Princess Ileana of Romania, are the ones who receive the income, since the castle reverted back to their ownership.

This being the case, how the Dracula and his power help Transylvania?
Simple, the extras and the area around Bran Castle.  A tourist can go and see the castle, then can go explore the cities around it.  For example, the city of Brasov, is a popular tourist destination, and it main drawing power outside of the Black Church is the man known as Vlad Tepes, who was the person used by Bram Stoker as the idea, and the character of Count Dracula. Tepes was a brutal warlord who would show no mercy to his enemies and his countrymen.

Vlad, for all is supposed extensive power, he would ultimately lose his life in battle having never really had the power of his title in Walachia- he was born in Transylvania, but was a prince of Walachia- he might have fallen through the cracks of history.  

The key to his power is simple: if he had not been "found" as the idea for the main character, of Stoker's most famous novel, I am sure that Queen Marie of Romania and her writing, and hard work on behalf of the Romanian people might be better known.  She was passionate and accurate about the land, but had a flair for the dramatic.

Dracula's power, however is more concrete these days, he holds the power and the passion of many people who have read the book, or have seen the movies which made him famous.  Ironically, for example, Van Helsing, filmed in 2004, was filmed in Prague, whereas many assumed it was in Transylvania, but that is the power of Dracula, and Transylvania.

February 17, 2016

Being Passionate and Accurate About Transylvania

Below are statements about Transylvania, which over the last few years I've come across, or had said to me.
Transylvania is all about Dracula.  Transylvania is full of mountains, but not many other things to look at if you are a tourist.  Transylvania is part of Romania.  Do any of these three statements sound accurate?

If you are passionate about Dracula, the first one might be, the second statement is certainly not, and the last is true.

When a person is accurate about the statements they make, then and only then can they be passionate about the subject matter.  Why should a person be accurate about facts and figures especially when it comes to history or places others can go to?  In part because of how easy it is to check the facts, and the numbers.

For example, let's take the number two 'statement'.  While it is in accurate on one of the fronts, the one which is the fact that while Transylvania has the Carpathian Mountains (or is full of mountains), there are countless things to go and see while you are in the area if you are a tourist.  If you love Dracula, then look no further to Bran Castle, if you are a fan of Royalty and the places they lived in, Bran Castle is one of the many places you can go, along with Alba Iulia.  Alba Iulia, is the city where King Ferdinand and his consort Queen Marie were crowned King and Queen of Romania.

There are many places where both the Romanian Royal family and the Kingdom of Hungary had made their mark on the land.  There are centuries old castles, and villages which have historical and cultural value, and give a person a peek into the area and its cities.

Then, there is the many cities, such as Brasov which give people the idea of the cultures and peoples who have lived in Transylvania for centuries.  This is another popular tourist city, which had taken part in the Protestant Reformation, and, its church is known as the Black Church due to the fire it suffered many years before.

Should a person be passionate about the area, and be willing to learn about the myths and the people of Transylvania?  I believe that they should.  It is a balance of both passion and learning, and when a person feel confident about their place and the people of the area, they are more likely to want to know more about the people and the place that you know about.

Wikipedia and other sites, also force people to be accurate, as there are often some inaccurate statements which are found online.  The best places to go are to books, and there are many to read and to help learn about Romania and Transylvania.  The more accurate a person can be the more they will become passionate about the subject.