Transylvania, legends, royalty and that Irish connection.

Transylvania, legends, royalty and that Irish connection.

Bran Castle

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

Near Brasov

The Transfagarsan

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

London East End – Brick Lane

London East End – Brick Lane

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.