Something bit me in Transylvania, and that is no joke.
Segesvar (Hungarian) aka Sighisoara (Romanian) aka Schassburg (German) is a striking and well-preserved medieval Transylvanian city in Romania that was originally founded by Saxons in the 1100s. Like Biertan, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
For a few days I kept a close eye on myself and watched for any strange symptoms, but it healed and now… I guess I’m fine now. No blood lust or anything. My friend and I hopped a train from Szekelyudvarhely (Odorheiu-Secuiesc in Romanian) to Sighisoara and were shaken down by some adorable Roma kids who wanted his cookies.
We checked into the lovely craftsmen dwelling villa, Fronius Residence and I was completely giddy with my underground suite. The villa has nine different rooms, each with a different name and concept, and were embellished with gifts of candy, nectarines, and mineral waters.
After our short trip to Biertan, we returned to Sighisoara and set out for more adventure.
Across from the Church on the Hill is this lovely Saxon cemetery
We made it back down the stairs accompanied by a man playing American pop favourites on the fiddle.
Delicious fried pork and smoky polenta dripping with roasted garlic oil. It is tradition here to add a splash of white vinegar on most dishes, similar to the American dash of table salt. Simple, but this was my favourite meal during my entire two week vacation, highlighted with some local wine. My friend wanted mashed peas with his meal but the waitstaff is extremely vocal against ordering items outside their suggested pairings.
Breathtaking views from the Clock Tower
Not far from the Clock Tower is Casa Dracula, a bar, restaurant, and Dracul museum. This is the birthplace and childhood residence of Vlad Tepes the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracul, the man who inspired Dracula. He ruled the Walachia region in the mid-1400s and drove terror into the hearts (and through the heads) of everyone around.
Lovely Bistro on the side of a cliff, just to the left of the entrance of the Covered Stairs.
I hope to return to Transylvania again next summer to see the insides of the other towers and to stuff my face again with polenta. Sighisoara is such a beautiful place that I can hardly stop dreaming about it.