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Trip to Dracula's castle and the Prahova Valley

Trip to Dracula's castle and the Prahova Valley

Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 06:10 AM
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Trip to Dracula's castle and the Prahova Valley

This year we had a wonderful trip to Romania. I wanted to visit Dracula's castle at the same time, my husband wanted to go skiing. And I also have two very young children, 3 and 5 years. After searching the internet I found what I wanted.
I booked through booking Apartment Luxor Busteni what is the Prahova Valley. Prahova Valley there are many resorts:
- Sinaia, I visited Peles Castle, Sinaia Monastery, and my husband was able to ski.
- Busteni, where we stayed, we took the cable car of Babel and Sphinx, some mountain formations created by the erosion of time, wind, etc.. We visited Caraiman Heroes Cross on the mountain. A building constructed after the First World War. Then we went to the castle Cantacuzino and my husband and was on Kalinderu Slope. This time we were lucky. Here is an amusement park for children. I could entertain my children while my husband was delighted from the ski slope.
We went and ski slopes in Predeal.
We went to Dracula's Castle, which is located 45 km from Busteni. It 'was very interesting. There are about history and legend.
Before leaving for home we arrived in Brasov. A very nice old town in Transylvania with Piata Sfatului, Black Church. At 8 km from Brasov, Poiana Brasov, a a beautiful resort with slopes different but quite expensive.
Some information about Apartment Luxor Busteni was very comfortable with 2 bedrooms, living room, bathroom and kitchen. I felt right at home, the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare food for children, constant heat, cleaning, shower gel, slippers. I most enjoyed WiFi and DVD. WiFi for parents and DVD for children. The apartment has been equipped with some DVD movies for kids and parents.
And I forgot to tell you that if you plan to take plane tickets in advance price is low and you can rent a car 25 euro per day.
On the road:
We rented a car from Bucharest Otopeni airport, we went to Ploiesti highway A3 and from there on E60. All the towns in the Prahova Valley can be found in the E60. It was very easy to get to Luxor Apartment Busteni. And we were glad that we had on-site parking.
For a family of 4 persons with an average budget has been a journey of great success. I would go back in the summer. Then we could go to Waterfall Urlatoarea, Cave Ialomicioara, Rasnov Fortress and many other beautiful places and less known.
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 04:43 PM
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Thanks for the trip report. I'm interested in visiting this area.
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 05:11 PM
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I did this trip 2 years ago.

I was in Bucharest for 5 daysand onone of thoise days Itook what I call the "Castle Loop"...to visit allthe castle in the area including Rasnov Fortess.

I was there in June and had 80 + F weather all the time.
I have never seen such lovely wood carving as I saw at Pele's Castle ( especially the dinning room).

Thanks for posting ,we do not usually get a report from this area.
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 05:25 PM
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I visited many of the same places on my trip to Romania, this country is a real hidden gem. I can't tell you how many people asked me why the heck would I go there.

Percy, I agree with you on Pele's Castle, it was fabulous. I also went in June (2009) and the weather was perfect.

I highly recommend it Peg.
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 06:45 PM
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P_M :

Yes not only is the Castle beautiful,but the grounds are lovely with those slopes down towrds the forest.

I did Pelsor Castle next door also.

We do not get enough people visiting Romania or (next door ) Bulgaria)and you are right , it is a hidden gem.
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Just curious--did you buy any special souvenirs. Reading about Romania, I am just wondering what all sort of stuff is commonly sold in this land.
Thanks in advance.
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Thank you for the report; I've filed your helpful information for a future road trip for us.
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I only bought two books, full of coloured pictures.
One was called Bucharest and the other was called Romania.

I still flip through them even now...it is nice to remember !
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Nice visit report, I did this trip on a pair of bicycles in the summer about 10 years ago and apart from the odd dog-pack problem loved it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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"We went to Dracula's Castle, which is located 45 km from Busteni. It 'was very interesting. There are about history and legend."

A funny experience for children.
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