Oscar Wilde once mentioned in his book that “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well-written, or badly written.
That is all”. As a reader of classical novels, I believe this thought holds true. I have encountered many published works whose authors suffered from criticisms and disparagement during their time. However, these same authors are now well acclaimed for masterpieces that not only tell a fictional story but relate a reality where readers can explore with the author’s protagonist.
One of these particular novels is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Set in the Carpathian Mountains, the novel has been partly associated to Romania where the principal character, Jonathan Harker, encountered the eminent Count Dracula.
Bordered by the Black Sea to the east, Ukraine to the north, Bulgaria to the south and the countries of Hungary and Serbia to the west, Romania is considered as the seventh most populated country in the European Union. Officially used in the year 1861, the name Romania was said to be originated from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “Citizen of Rome’. Its capital is the Municipality of Bucharest.
Walk in search for the reader in you and start it in Brasov City. Situated at the heart of the country, Brasov City boasts of many landmarks and scenic spots. Among them are Old Town, Muresenilor Street, the Council Square where different markets are found at a specific time of the year and the Bran Castle also known as Dracula’s Castle..
Another metropolis every traveller should visit is the country’s capital city itself. Bucharest, like Brasov, also has captivating sceneries one can never miss. Included in the interminable list are the Palace of the Parliament located in Spirii Hill, the University of Bucharest established in 1864, the Romanian Athenaeum built to serve as a concert hall and the Yeshua Tova Synagogue.
Moreover, roam the premises of the Corvin Castle situated in Hunedoara County, the Peles Castle constructed by order of King Carol I of Romania and the Casino built in Constanta City overlooking the Black Sea.
We may not admit it to ourselves, but every place can be a bit lonely sometimes. There resounds a temporary dullness that makes one want to escape if only for just a short period of time. More often than not, these are the moments when we a change of scenery to bring back the excitement of life. Thus, I suggest you to visit Romania and add spice into your escapade as you travel to another territory that has inspired a well-loved tale.