Monthly Archives : March 2016

Bruxelles Mon Amour 2 – Photo Essay

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Bourse/Beursplein is where the people of Brussels come together to celebrate. Since last Tuesday, it has also become a place of mourning and remembrance. The drawings on the street are gone, but the flowers, candles, messages, flags and toys are still there. And now I let the pictures speak for themselves…   Related articles At least 28 dead as terror…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Poienari Castle

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Back to business. Targoviste was not the only place that Vlad the Impaler called home: he also lived in Poienari Castle. The original castle dates from the 13th century, but its rulers abandoned it and soon the whole structure was in ruins.  When Vlad’s brother was assassinated, the infamous leader took revenge; he had the elite of Targoviste murdered and forced the…

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Bruxelles Mon Amour

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I had planned to write something about Vlad The Impaler today. But given the news events of today and given the fact that I am Belgian and live in Brussels, I simply have to post something else: a love declaration for Brussels. To be honest, I wasn’t born here, nor did I grow up in Brussels. I was actually born…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Dealu Monastery and Targoviste’s Central Park

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6 kilometers to the north of Targoviste lies the 15th century Dealu Monastery. Apart from this being a magnificent site, this is also the place where some relatives of Vlad The Impaler are buried, including his father. Vlad himself, by the way, is buried elsewhere, but more about that later. Nowadays, the monastery serves as a nunnery. We returned to the…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Targoviste

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After having spent his childhood in Sighișoara, Vlad, his father and his brother Radu moved to Targoviste, which at that time was the capital of Wallachia. Here they lived at the Princely Court, where the boys received an education in martial arts, science, arts, history and philosophy. The Princely Court still exists and is one of the most important sites of…

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Around Sighișoara – Saschiz and Viscri

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If you are interested in history and/or architecture, there are some interesting gems to discover in the area around Sighișoara; I am referring to the fortified churches. If you want to know more about them, I suggest you read this post. For a beautiful example of a fortified church, have a look here. Saschiz is another commune with a fortified church;…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Sighișoara

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When I read Dracula, I was vaguely aware that Bram Stoker had found inspiration for his main character in a real man, Vlad the Impaler. After having traveled to Romania two times – 2011 and 2013 -, I became more and more interested in this man with his formidable surname. I started reading about him on the Internet, especially on Wikipedia,…

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