December 2, 2009

Transylvania on TV


I spent the last few days thinking about a new program which has hit our local airways. Transylvania on TV. That is the program title, which is a part of the Romanian hour.


The biggest thing thus far, is Dracula, and the Countess of the Blood. They've shown a bit of the rolling countryside, which comes right before they show a castle.


All of this is elegant but since my Romanian is not the finest, I have a hard time following what it says. The commentator loves to speak of "Tepes family" which at first took me by surprise, I wondered weren't they princes of Wallachia.


Turns out Transylvania was the natural hiding place for many a prince, castles and fortress, and people who could defend them.
Still looking at this older map, you can see why it was so important a place to hide and gain support, either from Poland or Austria or Hungary or the Ottoman Empire...
So if you were a noble prince who needed to leave Wallachia where would you go?

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