Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Roof tiles with mold


The Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “On Top” for which my picture is one of mold and fungi growing on the roof tiles of a 12th century Transylvanian church in the village of Viscri. They look like a colony of green fuzzies slipping and sliding on the stairs.

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

When I stooped to say hello, the little Romanian girl leapt unto the threshold, clutching her Romanian Cheesy Wotsits, which she thought I was going to take from her.  The dog looked on nonchalantly. She lives in Viscri, which is a small (pop. 500) Saxon village in Transylvania, whose patron is the Prince of Wales – yes, him, Charlie. But I’ll have to tell you more about Viscri another time.

~ Spotted Cow

Viscri little girl


Dracula’s castle

Transylvania, the home of Count Dracula as told to us in Bram Stoker’s classic novel.  Interestingly, Stoker never visited Romania and his description of the castle came from a picture he saw in a book. So, disappointingly for me, there is no terrifyingly real connection between Dracula and Bran castle, only a fictional one.

Bran Castle itself isn’t horrifying. It is set within beautiful countryside and there is a lively market in town. The castle does have an imposing front door and several dark  stairways where you could let your imagination run wild. But there is no caped man with red eyes and fangs jumping out of wardrobes at you.

In fact, it is locally known as Queen Marie’s castle and has the air of a well-looked after listed building, replete with antique furniture, fixings and suits of armour. The castle is now a museum and their story boards tell of royal family lives in residence as well as that of Stoker and his fictional Dracula, in acknowledgement of its international fame.

Have you ever been anywhere properly terrifying?

~ Spotted Cow

Bram Stoker Dracula Bran Castle Bran Castle Bran Castle doorway