The place that most visitors to Targoviste do visit. The ruins are a well known landmark in this area and well worth visiting. The Princely Court in Targoviste was the capital of Wallachia, where Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, ruled. Vlad took the throne at the Princely Court in 1456. To repay boyars for taking he and his brother hostages, it was...more
If you feel very energetic, you can climb the tower. Approx 300 steps to get to the top and in places quite narrow. Vlad the Impaler's soldiers used the Sunset Tower as a lookout in Targoviste. Now it houses an exhibition illustrating Vlad's life. The Sunset Tower is great for taking panoramic photos of Targoviste.more
It seems that everyone comes to the park situated just behind Dracula's castle (or the ruins thereof). The little restaurant there serves the best pizza's in Tirgovista.
Favorite Dish: pizza
I love attending services at the Monastery. The monks are very good people and they do a lot for the people in our town. The 17th century Selea Monastery has a nice decorative exterior and a remarkable iconastasis on the interior. The Dealu Monastery is the burial place for the head of Micheal the Brave, who is recognized for a unification of Moldavia and Transylvania.
When you stay with the locals and have a party, they are bound to start doing traditional dancing. It is actually very easy to learn, so do have fun and join them.
Beggars in Eastern Europe are quite common. Should you give to beggars in Eastern Europe? That's up to you, but you can use a variety of indicators to tell you whether or not its safe and smart to give
For wintertime, you need shoes with a good grip, no shoes with leather soles and you will be flat on your back more often than not when the snow turns into ice. Headgear is extremely important in the cold weather.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In some countries, it may actually be possible to get medicines over-the-counter at pharmacies, but it’s better to bring your own to be sure. Keep these in your carry-on luggage as well. A note from your doctor is also a good idea, to protect yourself from any questions as you go through customs
Photo Equipment: Adaptors and Chargers for Electronics
If you carry a digital camera or cell phone, you’ll want to be able to recharge it. Having a charger won’t be enough because American-style plugs won't work in Eastern European electrical outlets, so make sure you purchase a power converter/adaptor. The proper device will reduce the 220 volts to a safe 110 volts for your appliances, as well as use a plug with two round prongs to fit into the sockets of your hotel room.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Insect Repellent
If you are going to be hiking, bring insect repellent. Mosquito populations can be quite dense in forested areas. You also need to be wary of ticks. Products are available, but you may feel more confident with your own DEET-containing chemical spray or lotion.
Don’t forget them. Passport, appropriate visas, credit cards, money to exchange—leave them behind and you’re out of luck. Put all of these items safely in traveler’s wallet either on your person or in your carry-on luggage so they go where you go. I personally scan my passport, insurance document, air ticket and any hotel reservations/vouchers and then send it via e-mail to my yahoo adress where I can make a copy quickly in case of emergency. As a second back-up a Full-Color Photo Copy of Your Passport and Visas If your original passport goes missing, a good-quality photo copy can serve you well. Store these separately from your other documents so that if your wallet gets lost, you’ll still have your color copies.
Contacts and/or Glasses
If you have impaired vision, bring all the necessary supplies. You may have difficulty finding the products you need when you get to Eastern Europe.
Vlad the Impaler did not resemble the stereotypical Dracula character we think of today. Vlad the Impaler was a ruler of Wallachia, a region of Romania. He lived from 1431 to 1476. Vlad the Impaler was also known as Vlad III and Vlad Tepes. He was a figher and a prince, known for his cruelty and propensity to impale anyone who got in his way. In...more