Halloween inspiration

We can feel it everywhere... Halloween is coming. I know that many of you, my dear Obsessed readers, don't like this celebration because you feel this is an american creation with hidden commercial purposes... but I love Halloween. Is the day when you really feel winter is coming: the colors, the food, the darkness, the mystery, the legends... The atmosphere is magical. I love dressing up gloomy and organizing thematic dinners with my friends (even if the often show up undressed!)

Transylvania besides Vlad Tepes

Besides our Vlad Tepes tour, we visited other beautiful places in Transylvania such as Sibiu, Brasov or Peles Castle. Places not directly related to Vlad but worth visiting. The first city we went after crossing the Carpathian mountains was Sibiu, which was designated European Capital of Culture in 2007. 

Snagov Lake, following Vlad Tepes (IV)

The last destination of our Vlad Tepes tour was the Lake Snagov. About 40 kilometers north of Bucharest, on an island in the middle of the Lake, lays the monastery with the same name. Built around the time of Vlad the Impaler's grandfather, the monastery has become famous as the burial place of the infamous prince of Walachia, Vlad Tepes aka Dracula. 

Bran Castle, following Vlad Tepes (III)

photo by By Natasha von Geldern

"The view was magnificent, and from where I stood there was every opportunity of seeing it. The castle is on the very edge of a terrific precipice. A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm. Here and there are silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests.

But I am not in heart to describe beauty, for when I had seen the view I explored further. Doors, doors, doors everywhere, and all locked and bolted. In no place save from the windows in the castle walls is there an available exit. The castle is a veritable prison, and I am a prisoner!"
Dracula (Bram Stoker)

Sighisoara, following Vlad Tepes (II)

After our beautiful trip through the Carphatians we went to our next destination, Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad Tepeș. We arrive late at night, under heavy rain and with Coppola's Dracula's OST on in our car... I know how it sounds, but arriving to Sighisoara was breathless.

Greasy Love

Last Monday Findlay, one of my most recent obsessions (as you know from my previous post) released her new video Greasy Love. I couldn't love more the aesthetic of this video. Turn up the volume and enjoy!

Following Vlad Tepes aka Dracula

I think this is going to be one of my favorites posts. The best part of my trip and the most amazing scenery. I couldn't wait to show you my way to Transylvania through The Carpathian mountains: The Transfăgărășan, the road that connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, through the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu, and the second highest, Negoiu.  

Romania, Drum Bun

As you know, I was on holidays in Romania for a week. Visiting Romania was one of my dreams since I was a child and heard for the first time about Dracula... It may sound superficial or childish, but the truth is that since then, the words Moldavia, Wallachia, Transylvania and Carpathians were the most mysterious and evocative words in my own imaginary. Magic places with the most beautiful names I could think of. 

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