Re: RE: Why would a writer purchase Dracula’s Castle?

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I would buy Castle Bran in a heartbeat. I’ve been to Romania. I’ve been in the Castle and even took pix although it wasn’t allowed. I had a sneaky little camera. The castle is so faboublous. Talk about your polished wooden floors. We had to wear special slippers to walk on them. Does the furniture come with the castle? They have some electric in there, but I don’t know about the plumbing. Anyhow, it has a faboulous southern view over hills and forests, (obviously Stoker was there). The room where the vampire women were supposed to be faces the inside court (women’s quarters in those days were in a protected section) on one side and the cliffs on the other. The castle is basically round with a high square tower that is on the cliff side. Anyhow, it’s beautiful and I would want to live there. Actually, Vlad Tepes stayed there for a while, loved it and built his own castle as a replica (but that’s in ruins). Plus when I was there (1976), there were still bears and wolves. I might have to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast (it has lots of rooms) to afford to keep it but I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had the money. The other weird thing about Bran was that they didn’t really have hallways at that time. You basically went from one room to the next. I don’t know if these rooms were actually suites, but every few rooms there was an escape route down along the outside wall if you found you suddenly had to run from the Turks. I never found where those escape route ended up. They were the classic “secret passages” that where hidden under the tapestry.