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Tracking Down Dracula at Snagov Monastery

Few visitors to Romania come to Snagov Monastery. Fewer still have ever heard of it, in spite of its connection to the life (actually the death) of Count Dracula, the country’s most famous native. Technically,  as a fictional character – and a vampire, Dracula didn’t live OR die. But his real-life counterpart, Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler), …

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Walks in Northern Bucharest: Stately Villas and Monuments

  Northern Bucharest offers pleasant walks along stately avenues where you can see pre-war mansions, well-tended parks, and interesting monuments and museums. Providing a reprieve from the towering apartment blocks typical of the Romanian capital, it is the city’s wealthiest area, home to several embassies, upmarket hotels, and restaurants (also take a look at this …

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Downtown Bucharest: a Stroll Down Historic Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei, a major street running north-south in downtown Bucharest, has many bookstores, some of the best hotels in Bucharest, and fashion stores. This elegant, tree-lined, meandering street is a quieter walk than the thundering thoroughfare of Magheru-Balcescu-Bratianu. At number 141, on the right-as you walk south, is a gorgeous mansion built in 1905, housing a …

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