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Travel with me to Transylvania, Romania

Transylvania has always been associated with vampires and Dracula for many centuries. But unknown to many, this place is a hidden wonder in Eastern Europe. It is rich in history, surrounded by scenic landscape and preserved in a medieval era, which makes it attractive to few.

View of Sighisoara from Villa Franka

I got the chance to visit Sighisoara, a city in Transylvanian region. It immediately captivated my random traveler’s heart.

This whole place is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The walled citadel is home of preserved medieval and colorful houses, cobbled alleys and of course the rumored house where Dracula was born, now a restaurant.

Preserved medieval and picturesque houses
The house where Dracula was born is now a restaurant.

The city is very colorful and vibrant, mixed with an authentic medieval feel.  The people are friendly and accommodating. You can easily explore and walk around the old town; you will never lose your way.

The walk to the old town is very relaxing, so quiet and peaceful. A place where you can take your time and be immersed in a different era.

Sighișoara is one of the few fortified towns that are still inhabited. The town is made up of two parts. The medieval stronghold was built on top of a hill and is known as the “Citadel” (Cetate). The lower town lies in the valley of Târnava Mare river.

view from the clock tower
Sighișoara Clock Tower (Turnul cu Ceas). The landmark of the city is a 64 m-high tower built in the 13th century.

 

Sighisoara is one of the most colorful places I’ve ever been and still amazed how they can preserve the old houses for so many years.

I am hopeful that this place will receive as many praises and recognition from tourists it deserves.

If you are traveling to Eastern Europe, make sure to include a day in Sighisoara.

 

XOXO

Jhes

Chasing Aurora: Iceland Ring Road Trip

Can you imagine being on the road with this exquisite view? That is Iceland. You have everything you need at one glance. There was a tagline that really suits Iceland.

A rarity in a world of plenty.

We only had few days to spend in Iceland (Reykjavik), just visited the famous destinations, but it made me feel so at home.

Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline.

How can you even resist its beauty? It captivated my heart in an instant. The moment we drove out of the city, the landscape made me in awe. You see different scenes which are not usually seen in other parts of Europe (at least to my knowledge and to what I have seen so far).

Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland.
Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Olfusa river in southwest Iceland
The Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach.

I can go back to these places every single day just to breathe the fresh air, feel the cold breeze and just feel one with nature. These destinations can be reached easily. Reykjavik is easy to navigate, and you can use even google maps to go to different places.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, famous for its deadly waves.
The small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrhólaey is located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from the village Vík.

After a long day drive, the best part of the trip is chasing Aurora!

At that point, I believed that if it is meant to be, no matter what, you will get it. And a miracle happened. After almost  two days of searching and chasing, the northern lights were evasive. I was on the verge of losing my hope and accepting the fact that I will not witness one of the wonders of Iceland and one of God’s miracles this time. There it was, dancing under the moonlight. Pitch dark, clear sky and cold breeze!

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS APPEARED!

I was so grateful that Gabi was able to set the camera and took some fantastic shots of the Northern Lights.

A few minutes later, off we go and pack to leave the next day.

XOXO

Jhes

Credits to the photographer: Gabriel Brandusa