Battling the crowds on the narrow road to Bran
Past Dracula signs
One thinks how did Irishman Bram Stoker imagine this place and create the legend Dracula
The narrow roads are thick with tourists inspired by the legend
The citadel at Sighisoara also claiming it’s part of the legend
Any where that Vlad the Impaler, (who Dracula is based on) stayed dines out on the legend
But the legend disguises the the true beauty of Transylvania
View from Bran Castle
The amazing country side of open pasture
And the old forests around Brasov
And some wonderful biking roads
And memorials that tell the tale of the fight for Romanian independendance. Achieved in 1918
Though the Habsburg empire still had influence in Romania till the Soviets exiled the remaining Duke in 1947.
Romania is a beautiful and varied country and I’ve still a week here
I first heard of Brick Lane a dozen years ago through a film
Brick Lane is a thoughtful story of Bangladeshi migrants who came to this area of London.
The movie also iintoduced me to the beautiful music of Natacha Atlas.
The area has changes over the years but there are remnants of it’s Bangladeshi migrants
In the food
The best vegetable samosa have taste.
In the Mineret
Stylised and respresenting the forming artist colony
Art even in the Street signs
And modern artistan
Spilling over from the close by Old Spitalfield Markets a real centre of Art and Design.
Once again probably not one of Londons big tourist attractions but worth exploring.
I think I have a thing for markets
The colour the noise the beautiful fresh food on Display.
Fresh bread of all sorts
Makes my mouth water
The markets that I really enjoy are those in the centre of big cities.
Like the Borough Market in London.
People from all walks of life.
But not a drop to drink
So it was set camp
And taste the fine wine and unique blend of French and Bavarian cuisine.
In the wonderful medieval charm of Riquewihr, in the Alsace
At La Grappe D’or