How did the Impaler die? and some answers suppositions

Vlad the Impaler death is one of the controvert subjects about him. What we certainly know is he died at the end of 1476, in a battle against the Turks, somewhere around Bucharest, but the cause of his death it remains unknown. The location of the battle is still an open debate. Some people say it was North of Bucharest, near Balteni village, following the Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga. He based his supposition on a document he found. But other historians demonstrated thatRead More

Christmas in Romania is a unique experience to explore Romanian customs

Christmas in Romania is unique. Ancient times customs are piously kept at the countryside. There are more then 2000 year-old customs from our Dacian ancestors mixed or overlapped with Christian’s traditions. And it isn’t only the Christmas Day. It’s a long row of holidays about. Each one with its own meaning, customs, stories and superstitions. You can see Christmas holidays on short (that means 3 days between 25 and 28 of December) or in a large sense, the way RomanianRead More

The Bear dance a very old agrarian ritual

The bear dance can be seen on New Year’s Eve only in Moldavia. Its origin are older than 2000 yers and it’s very similar to the Goat dance. It is said that it drives away the evil spirits and this way the new year what comes will be cleaned up. So, you can watch the bear dance on its pagan rhythms on every New Year’s Eve in Bacau county. Especially in Dofteana and Darmanesti villages. A young man plays theRead More

Mamaliga recipe for the Romanian golden bread

While there is just one true Mamaliga, made only from boiled salt water and cornmeal (always yellow, period!), there are several other Romanian dishes based it, or that include it in some way. Historically, Romanians ate this golden bread (made from cornmeal) as a replacement to bread made from wheaten flour. It was inexpensive, easy to do every day, in every season and could be found in every household. Over time, using their own imagination, housewives added different ingredients. TheRead More

Poienari Fortress the real castle of Vlad Tepes – Dracula

Is Poienari a castle or a fortress? Glancing an eye from the road it looks like a castle. But a castle is supposed to be a place for living. And nobody can find such place inside. So, it’s a fortress. But it’s strange. Going up you’ll see it’s so small that 500 people hardly can find a place without treading on each other feet. So, being too small and too high from the road, it can’t be a defense fortress. ButRead More

Vlad the Impaler the second reign – Part 4

To assure himself that Vlad the Impaler doesn’t cross the Danube River again, the Sultan Mehmed II sent ahead an army of 18,000 men under the command of Mahmud Pasha the Greek. But Mahmud invaded Wallachia, plundered and enslaved. Vlad The Impaler gathered 4000 men (his mercenary and servant army) and waited for him near the Danube. He surprised Mahmud Pasha and defeated him. Only 8,000 Turks got away, leaving behind the slaves and goods they had taken. This defeatRead More

The young Dracula environment and education

We have little information about the life of the young Dracula. Historians suppose he was born either at the end of 1430, in Nuremberg or at the beginning of 1431, in Sighisoara. It is known for sure that his father, Vlad II, starting with January 1431, lived in Sighisoara. Like his father, in the early years of childhood, the future ruling prince Vlad the Impaler got a distinguished education. He mastered German and Latin. During the first reign of VladRead More

Transfagarasan road the highest asphalted road from Romania

The Transfagarasan road starts (from south to north) in Curtea de Arges and goes up crossing the tallest Romanians mountains, called the Fagaras Mountains in our books or the Transylvanian Alps in foreigner’s references. After a spectacular section where the Transfagarasan road fights with the mountain slopes like a huge snake searching for its prey, it ends beyond the Cartisoara village, melting slowly into the E68 (European road), about 45km/27miles east of Sibiu. If you are traveling from Bucuresti, you can take the A1Read More

Pasca recipe just take it a try

As a matter of fact pasca is a kind of pie. The term “matzoth” that I found in my dictionary for this pie is totally wrong. So I can call it rather Easter cake or Easter pie cause is cooked for Easter (only in few places at countryside it’s also cooked for Saint George’s day on 23rd of April). And it’s completely different from matzoth. Regular pasca Ingredients Sweet bread dough 2 cups flour 3 eggs 6 tbs. sugar 1Read More

Vlad the Impaler the second reign – Part 3

The Army of Vlad the Impaler counted about 4ooo paid soldiers. The boyars had about 100-200 paid soldiers each one (meaning a total of about 4000). The total of 8000 permanent soldiers (even 10000) couldn’t face the professional Ottoman army. Moreover, the “greater army” summoned only in case of invasion (25000-30000) was mostly formed by peasants, who did not receive any preliminary military training, and whom nobody paid to fight. But they were allowed to take any spoils of war.Read More