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Searching for vampires in Romanian cities

Bucharest at night Romania

I’ll admit it. I’ve been playing for the past several months. Hiking through Massachusetts and Vermont, climbing a few of the highest peaks in Colorado, plenty of city stops in between.

Now, it’s time to get back to work.

Monica is quick to remind me that the job I signed up for is “Househusband,” and while I’m absolutely THRILLED to get another crack at those dirty dishes, we both know the real reason we’re living abroad in Romania…

I’m going to find a vampire.

You might be thinking: “Gabe, if you really want to meet a vampire, why don’t you just go to Louisiana? I’m sure some of the vampires that HBO hired for “True Blood” are still hanging around.”

You’re probably right. My search would be far easier if I were to fly to Bon Temps and wait at a bar for someone to order a bottle of True Blood. But, in the same way True Blood is not as satisfying to vampires as the real thing, any celebrity vampires I stumble across would leave me wondering if I was missing out on the real thing. Probably like spending the night at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas when I really want to experience the crumbling majesty of the Colosseum in Rome.

 

So. Here I am, back in Romania, ready to pick up the hunt where we left off. Already checked off the usual suspects: Castle Bran (the source of inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and a popular tourist attraction), the little island on Lake Snagov (rumored to be the final resting place for Vlad the Impaler, a nobleman that satisfied his voracious appetite for torture and violence in vampiresque fashion long before it was cool), and countless old cemeteries. No vampires. Not a total loss though. We did pick up a creepy coffee mug.

Vampire | Bucharest | Romania | European Travel | souvenir coffee mug

 

Like most great discoveries, I eventually realized that I would have to look where no one else was looking. I also began to question my assumptions. Was I carrying around prejudices that prevented me from finding my future fanged friends? Maybe vampires could safely spend time in the sun, but just preferred to avoid the risk of melanoma. Maybe the “thirst for blood” was nothing more than an ability to tolerate poorly cooked foods. Maybe vampires were simply misunderstood introverts persecuted by angry mobs armed with wooden stakes and holy water.

 

It’s time to set aside these prejudices and search with an open mind. And an open heart (but not too “open,” I wouldn’t want to present myself as an easy snack, just in case the blood-sucking is really a thing.)

 

Bucuresti (Bucharest)

Bucharest at night Romania

 

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is an unlikely hideout for vampires. Since this is where our dirty dishes are, it’s where we started looking.

 

Bucharest is unapologetically unwelcoming. Imagine all the architects and city planners with rejected designs for Detroit came here in the 80’s to practice. Lots of tightly packed and uniform concrete buildings that look like they are deteriorating before construction is complete. An aerial view of the streets resembles a haphazardly thrown and half-boiled pile of grey spaghetti noodles. When city planners realized that the same streets kept weaving in and out of each other like DNA strands, they hid their mistake by constantly changing the name of the street (Pasajul Lujerului becomes Soseaua Virtutii after crossing Bulevardul Luliu Maniu which becomes Strada Comertului, etc). As a result, navigating between 2 points requires advanced degrees in cartography and cryptography (as well as expertise in that old Atari game “Frogger”).

 

Old Center

But this makes the bright spots even more charming. There are lightly forested parks like Parcul Titan peopled with quiet retirees and playful families. And the Old Center retains an historic air with its cobblestone paths. Quaint restaurants like Crama Domneasca welcome guests to delicious traditional Romanian cuisine while surrounded by suits of armor and weaponry.

Once the sun goes down, the Old Center gets rowdy. Nearby clubs fill beyond capacity with sweaty writhing bodies moving to the beat of a thriving DJ culture. Despite the energy and chaos, we never saw any violence. The beautiful people surrounding us were just interested in connecting and having a good time.

I became convinced that if a vampire thrived in Bucuresti, this would be the place. I spent as much time in the clubs as this introvert could endure. However, after waking up to residual strobing lights behind closed eyes, ringing ears that warned my hearing was not an invulnerable sense, and hangovers that forced me to revisit lessons I thought I learned in college, I had to admit I was too old to keep looking for vampires in clubs. Besides, I’d probably get along better with the more “mature” vampire group.

It’s time to check out a few other cities.

 

Cluj

Cluj | Cluj-Napoca | Romania | Romanian cities | European Travel

Cluj-Napoca, feels a bit like San Franscisco if you flattened out the hills and removed the bay.

Romania is peppered with cities, each with a distinct feeling. Newly redeveloped cities like Cluj (the capital of Transylvania), with its wide straight boulevards, majestic fountains, and marble facades. People smiling. Doing stuff, but not in a big hurry to get there. A tasteful billboard is likely to advertise a French or Italian play at Lucian Blaga National Theatre. While this is a must-visit city for the world traveler hoping to get a feel for Romania without giving up first-world comforts, it’s probably not a vampire-friendly hangout.

 

Timisoara

Timisoara, another cultural hub, lies in the Northwest, near the border with Hungary. Brightly decorated domes and steeples of Eastern Orthodox churches poke up here and there between malls promising the latest from Prada and Calvin Klein. (Monica tells me this is the good stuff). Gorgeous parks draw people out for leisurely strolls on otherwise damp and chilly days. Because so many of Timisoara’s residents are multilingual, when my American accent (and limited Romanian vocabulary) made conversation awkward, the switch to English is seamless. Within a few hours of exploring, I could imagine this city as a future home. I had to keep reminding myself we weren’t here as tourists, or potential homebuyers. This was supposed to be work. We were looking for vampires.

Victory Square | Timisoara | Romania | Travel Europe

 

A Confession

I’m disappointed (but not defeated). I abandoned my prejudices (after all- vampires have feelings too). I plunged headfirst into situations that were WAY outside my comfort zone. But returned with a series of hangovers and possible hearing loss. And no vampire siting.

If there are vampires in Romanian cities, I haven’t found them (yet). There are a few cities, particularly Timisoara, that will require further exploration (and maybe a property purchase). But it’s time to leave the Romanian cities behind.

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Next up, we’ll be heading for the Romanian countryside. Untamed mountain ranges, and remote villages. Plenty of solitude and nature. But also the opportunity to visit genuine “locals” who have maintained a simple existence that is relatively unchanged for centuries.

 

Sounds like prime vampire country. Hope to see you there!

Explore Romanian Cities from comfort of your home, and maybe find a vampire on the way

105 Comments

  • Reply amindfultravellerblog November 5, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Great insight into Romania, a place I am quite unfamiliar with……by the way, did you not know Prada and Calvin Klein were the good stuff?? 😉

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

      hehehe Monica tells me that I’m not as fashionably evolved as a good househusband should be, But I can rock just about any kind of hoodie and ball cap you put in front of me.

  • Reply Ellen November 5, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I love your travels , your huge to read posts that show how passionate you are, Romania looks intreaguing. I give you a link to something I have written that in it I thank you, mostly for inadvertantly giving me an idea…
    https://wp.me/p4CUfR-13w

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Glad you enjoyed Ellen!

  • Reply Ellen November 5, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I must get you to put my advert up as I am not getting any takers here in the UK.
    https://wp.me/p4CUfR-13w

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:42 am

      I’ll gladly include your link here! I never considered advertising. Maybe I’ve been doing this all wrong 😉

  • Reply Glenn Tyree November 5, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Hi Gabe,
    I enjoy your blog and the cities of Romania. Ext time you are in the states give me a shout and I’ll buy dinner.

    Deets

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Sounds like a plan DEETS.

  • Reply YellowCable November 5, 2017 at 5:48 am

    That is s a little too bad you did not find what you’re looking for. But I think you’ve much more than your original goal. The experiences from these cities are awesome!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:49 am

      So true. And I love that you’ve highlighted the glass-half-full approach!

  • Reply Michelle Malone November 5, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Gabe, I absolutely loved this post! I chuckled the whole time. You’re a funny guy. So(if I may ask), are you living abroad temporarily, or is Romania your home now? Best wishes with the hunt!

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Glad you enjoyed Michelle. Its fun to be blogging again.
      I split my time between the States and Romania, but we’ll be here (in Romania) until Spring. Should be plenty of time to have a happy hunt;)

      • Reply Michelle Malone November 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

        Awesome! I pray that you are well, Gabe. Blog whenever you have time. I’m a fan of your work.

  • Reply Didi November 5, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Welcome back. Good to read some of your stuf again. I enjoyed the vampire hunt meets travelguide.

    • Reply Gabriel November 5, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Thanks Didi! I’m off to a slow start, but it’s great to be back in my blogging chair again!

  • Reply D. Wallace Peach November 5, 2017 at 8:34 am

    It sounds like your hikes added up to valuable time off and prepared you for the next leg of your vampire search. It’s so fun to have you back and read about your adventures. Your realization that you might be looking for “more mature vampires” cracked me up. A bit of an introvert, cities are not my thing, but I’m looking forward to your travel to the countryside. Definitely vampires in those villages. I’m sure the locals will have some stories for you. 🙂

    • Reply Bel November 7, 2017 at 8:51 am

      I’m really not stalking you Diana 😂 I just happen to read your comment here and totally agree with you – I’m more into the countryside nowadays but there are some cities I’d take an exception for – including Romania! I wonder if there are any Vampire histories in the US – makes me curious and wanting to go on a similar adventure 😊 But it will probably end up being more of a ghost hunting one!

      • Reply D. Wallace Peach November 7, 2017 at 5:14 pm

        Gabe mentions Louisiana and I’ll bet there are vampires there. The Old South is loaded with them, Bel. 😀 Happy Hunting and Watch Out!

  • Reply A Gypsy's Tale by Brooke Breazeale November 5, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Gabe, so nice to have you back!! You’ve outdone yourself here. What a brilliant way to take us along on your adventure-a vampire hunt. Your writing is amazing, to state the obvious. I was right there, a panoramic view
    “An aerial view of the streets resembles a haphazardly thrown and half-boiled pile of grey spaghetti noodles. When city planners realized that the same streets kept weaving in and out of each other like DNA strands”

    Just saying, you might consider hiring a nanny/housekeeper… travel writing is calling you!

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 4:20 am

      Sweet Natalie! I couldn’t agree more. But I’d have a hard time convincing Monica that we need a dishes and laundry-doer, considering the vast stretches of Netflixing that separates brief flashes of activity.
      Nonetheless, it really is great to be back in my blogging chair again. And to catch up on some of these amazing blogs!

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  • Reply Dave Ply November 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I suspect you may be right about vampires being reinterpreted versions of folks who like their steak rare, or who hide inside all the time resulting in shiny white skin, or mooch in other ways: self indulgent politicians, lawyers, salesmen, etc. But the search, whatever the excuse, seems worthwhile.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:04 am

      Exactly. I’m a big fan of turning touring into a noble-sounding quest.
      Now, if I could find a way to make it truly tax deductible, life would be just about perfect 😉

  • Reply Dippy-Dotty Girl November 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    You headed from hiking in New England to Romania! You are a dude. The vampires better hide from ya.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:01 am

      hehehe I do feel like I’ve been moving around quite a bit for the past few months. But it will be great to settle back in to my blogging chair.

      • Reply Dippy-Dotty Girl November 7, 2017 at 7:47 am

        I know what you mean. You have been on your feet, now time to put them up and clack away. Let us chortle alongside.

  • Reply sandyjwhite November 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    It’s magic! I was just thinking I hadn’t seen a post from you for quite some time, and voila,
    you’re back.
    Tantalizing tale, Gabe.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:28 am

      Thanks Sandy, its great to be back. Excited to return to so many amazing blogs to see what I’ve missed over the past few months.

  • Reply Andrea Stephenson November 5, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    It’s great to see you back Gabe. I’ve been fascinated by vampires since I was very young and always wanted to visit Romania because of it. I still haven’t got there, but at least now I’ll know where to go and where not to go to find those elusive vampires 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:26 am

      Thanks Andrea its great to be back! And hope you’ll return for a few more short installments as I’ve lined up 3 (or maybe 4) more peeks into life (and death) in Romania.

  • Reply Retirementallychallenged.com November 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Great to see you back! I imagine if anybody can find a vampire it would be you. Are there any special tools you take with you on your quest? I know of items one keeps handy in order to discourage said vampires (crosses, wooden stakes, etc.), but I’m not aware of what attracts them… except a bare neck… but I assume you don’t want to offer that up.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:24 am

      I don’t want to give away too much of the surprise but it looks like strong alcohol and fresh chicken seems to work surprisingly well…

  • Reply Green Global Trek November 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I know nothing, nada, about Romania so thanks Gabe for the introduction to it, and to the concept of vampire hunting 🙂 It is good and fun, to read you again.
    Peta

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:22 am

      Thats sooo impressive as I was beginning to suspect that you both have explored nearly all of the known, and most of the unknown, world.

  • Reply rugby843 November 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Aha! Quiet little places might be just the ticket to findd your blood sucking friends….however I think if they do exist they won’t be the romantic handsome creatures of modern television.😂😂 Wear a hospital neck collar when visiting!😂

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:22 am

      good call. My hiking rain jacket has a hood, and is “seasoned” with months of rain and neck sweat. Thus far, seems to ward off just about anything that might want to get near me 😉

      • Reply rugby843 November 7, 2017 at 8:03 am

        Uh, that might work, sort of like putting on wolf bane? Ewww ; )

  • Reply George November 5, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Welcome back. Good to see you’ve put all this hiking nonsense behind you and returned to your true vocation. The insights into Romanian cities are fascinating, but wouldn’t you be better off checking the cemeteries for recently disturbed graves?

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:20 am

      hehehe I try to save the cemeteries for date nights. Gotta keep the romance alive (or at least undead;) )

  • Reply Mick Canning November 6, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Hey, good to have you back again. I trust your mountain mooch went well! Interesting to see something of Romania – a place I know next to nothing of, other than the photos from Paul Militaru’s blog site (do you follow?). I suspect, though, that the vampires have got smart – they’re probably hiding in plain sight in modern Bucharest, hanging out in street cafes or somesuch. Buying their Calvin Kleins, or whatever.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:19 am

      hehehe we think a lot alike Mick. In the next installment, I’m hoping to show you what a modern vampire looks like.
      If you would share a link for Paul Militaru’s blog, I’d love to check it out. I’ve got a lot to catch up on here but I’ve caught the blogging bug again and will undoubtedly be interested to find a new site (or 10) to explore.

  • Reply angelanoelauthor November 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

    First, I didn’t realize you had moved to Romania! That’s amazing. Second, the hunt for vampires sounds exhausting. But, you know, anything worth doing is worth doing well, right? I recently learned about a tick that causes humans to lose the ability to digest animal products-effectly enforcing a vegan lifestyle (you probably know more about that than I). I wonder if vampires are just victims of an as-yet-undiscovered vampire tick?

    Forget bats, they’re so 16th century.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:15 am

      hehehe your right Angela, there are a few diseases, particularly a rare form of porphyria, that can mimic all sorts of vampire symptoms and behaviors (but none of the cool ones like longer life, strength, and being able to make phrases like “blah blah” sound sexy).

  • Reply curioussteph November 6, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Welcome back, Gabe! I enjoyed your Romanian mini-tour, and look forward to further installments, with or without vampires. And yeah, relearning about life in clubs is interesting. Oh, this is why I stopped going.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:12 am

      Good for you! I’m hoping this is a lesson (me + clubs = hangovers and bad memories) is one I don’t have to revisit for another 20 years

  • Reply carol hedges (@carolJhedges) November 6, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Lucky you ~ vampyr or not.

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:11 am

      So true. Cheers!

  • Reply Arionis November 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Welcome back my friend! I’ve only been to Romania once, in 1992 when my ship pulled into Constanta for a few days. I don’t remember seeing any vampires but that could be because I was a drunken sailor wandering the streets. They could have repeatedly fed on me without any awareness on my part. Have you tried looking under the dirty dishes yet? 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:10 am

      hehehe 1. I suspect you would have fit in wonderfully in Constanta as a drunken sailor. Sounds like the beach scene there hasn’t changed too much, except there are plenty of tiki lounges to crash in now for those who get too drunk to walk.

      2. As far as looking under the dirty dishes… some prospects are just too frightening to consider seriously.

  • Reply Ann Coleman November 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Welcome back, Gabe! We’ve missed you and your blog! Please keep me posted on the progress of the vampire hunt…it sounds as if you are conducting a very thorough search. And I’m impressed with the way you are confronting your possible prejudices towards vampires. I especially like the way you note that being “blood thirsty” might simply mean they prefer rare meat.
    Dang, I’ve missed your sense of humor!

    • Reply Gabriel November 7, 2017 at 5:07 am

      Cheers Ann! And glad you haven’t tired of my drawn-out “search for vampires” which, as Dave pointed out, is a nice excuse to be touring around Romania.

  • Reply Bel November 7, 2017 at 8:47 am

    This is so much fun – I always wanted to go Vampire hunting and channel some of Buffy the Vampire Slayer kick ass coolness with the “gang”. However, I think you just chose the wrong time, shouldn’t it be at midnight or a few hours before dawn when the scary factor is off the charts??! I love the way this was written and I can’t wait for the countryside adventure with pictures. I am such a fan 😊 I am adding Romania to my list – just need to get those Buffy boots 😂

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Buffy boots… THAT’s what I was missing 😉

      • Reply Bel November 9, 2017 at 6:51 am

        And don’t forget the stake (just in case you need to defend yourself )😅

  • Reply mydangblog November 7, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I love the travelogue/vampire hunter structure! So great! If you’re really looking for vampires though, I must just have found one for you…

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Thanks Suzanne. I’ve been feeling playful and thought the blend would be a nice change from the deluge of travelogues out there.

      And next post, I’ll introduce you to the vampire I recently met. We can compare notes:)

  • Reply DGGYST November 7, 2017 at 10:28 am

    You are beyond awesome! I could follow you around and make a book character out if you!

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 6:38 am

      hehehe if you write it, I’ll definitely read it. Your blog is hilarious!

  • Reply sydspix November 7, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Good to have you back Gabe! Enjoyed your thoughts on Romania – seems like the country is still struggling with combining the old with the new. It definitely seems to be an interesting place to visit. Look forward to your next blog.

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 6:35 am

      This is so true! Particularly as it pertains to technology vs. traditions. Smart phones in every pocket, and talisman’s hanging from every cab to ward off evil energies.

  • Reply Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC November 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    VERY amusing reading here, Gabe. Loved all the photos and descriptions of a part of the world I’m unlikely to see otherwise.

    Your description of Bucharest mirrors my thoughts about Houston, Cincinnati and Knoxville here in America. The first has inadequate zoning regulations. The streets of the second have to bob and weave around the massive feet of seven surrounding hills. The last two are overly fond of that “new names for sections of the same road” game – playing with reckless abandon. Only natives seem to be able to navigate without streaks of tears on their faces and bald spots resembling those found in someone suffering from alopecia areata – having torn out our hair in frustration!

    But your vampire hunting strategies impressed me most. SUPER out of the box thinking! (I’m guessing you’ve already searched through the cities populated with especially wan-looking pale people?)

    Tho’ I’m in agreement with your realization that you’d probably have more in common with vampires on the mature side (whatever that means in creatures who live forever), I wonder if the copious amounts of alcohol commonly found cursing through the veins of the regulars in the kids’ hot spots might dilute their erythrocytes to a degree that might send vampires of all ages off in search of richer pastures. If the rumors about their drink of choice turn out to be true, the fanged wonders probably prefer their blood straight up – the redder the better.

    Does Monica share your V-fascination and accompany you on your research, or is she too busy doing battle with all the dishes and unfolded laundry left in your wake?

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 6:28 am

      hehehe I know what you mean about Knoxville.

      Monica tolerates the search for vampires (provides plenty of excuses to travel), but I don’t think she’s quite as zealous as I am. And unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to completely ditch my househusbandly responsibilities. But I’m working on it…

      • Reply Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC November 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm

        Even worse in K-town is that so many of the natives continue to call the roads by the names they’ve known since childhood. WHAT? Try following their directions EVEN with a GPS when the road has been renamed since – hair tearing.
        xx,
        mgh
        xx,
        mgh

  • Reply Maggie Wilson November 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Glad to see your name in the Reader! Welcome back. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Cheers Maggie!

  • Reply Liesbet November 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Don’t tell me you were in the mountains of Colorado at the same time I was (mid-Sept to mid-Oct)!! I am not going to be impressed with your disappearing act if that was the case… 🙂 Thanks for the introduction to Romania, a country I am very unfamiliar with. Still waiting for that photo of Dracula!

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Bummer! I WAS in Colorado until mid-October. It’s beautiful isn’t it? I spend a lot of time there (at least once a year), so maybe our paths will realign next time.

      And I know I still owe you all a vampire photo. (looks like I need to work on my timing a bit, right?) Its coming in the next post.

      • Reply Liesbet November 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

        We were house sitting near Boulder for a month. Beautiful, indeed. But, too cold for us this fall. Would have been nice to meet you in person, Gabe. Unless you were trying to get away from human kind (which I understand). 🙂 I doubt we will be back, unless it is during the summer.

  • Reply Jennifer November 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I’m glad you’re back writing on what I hope will be a more regular basis again. And I do think it’s spookier in the countryside. No telling the amount of vampires you might find out there.

    • Reply Gabriel November 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I think a several month time-out was just what I needed to recharge my blogging batteries.

      • Reply Jennifer November 10, 2017 at 4:32 am

        Sounds like it worked for you. I loved all your pictures from your hikes. I’m a baby when it comes to hiking because I prefer going hut to hut in the White Mt. section of the trail.

  • Reply josypheen November 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I love this post Gabe. BUT I have a feeling you’ll find more vampires out in the countryside of Romania. You better go on some good hikes, and share more photos of your trips with us!

    Are you going to write about hiking through Massachusetts, Vermont and Colorado as well? Even if there are no vampires, it’s nice to see your sketches and hear about your adventures.

    • Reply Gabriel November 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Yup, your right Josy. There ARE vampires in the countryside. And I’m looking forward to (finally) sharing him with you in the next post 😉

      I have a pretty big backlog of posts to get caught up on, but yes, I’m really excited to relive and share recent hikes through Mass, VT, and CO.

  • Reply Miriam November 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    So this is what you’ve been up to Gabe! What an incredibly fun way to take us exploring Gabe. You’ve lost none of your skill in transporting us to far flung and blood sucking destinations. Loved it.

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Hey Miriam! Yup, was taking a long blogging break. But it’s great to be back and basking in the warm glow of such undeserved praise.

      • Reply Miriam November 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm

        You’re wrong, it IS deserved. 😃 Bask away Gabe!

  • Reply fancypaperblog November 11, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Romania always has an attraction to me because of the literary elements. Bram Stoker was Irish though and never stood in Transylvania but it is such a good story we are all convinced!

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Isn’t that great! I wish I had the ability to transport readers to exotic sounding locations without having experienced them myself. But then again… gives me plenty of reason to check out new places.

  • Reply Ritu November 11, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Well what a great way to see a country… through the eyes of a vampire spotter!

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Ritu – glad you enjoyed the silly take on travelogueing. Pretty sure there will be a few more tales told on the search for a kinder, gentler vampire 😉

      • Reply Ritu November 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm

        I look forward to reading them Gabe!

  • Reply Shailaja V November 11, 2017 at 1:34 am

    What stunning pictures! For my part, I’m glad you’re vampire free. If you do come across one, I hope you live to tell the tale. That would be an interesting post too! 😉

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      hehehe I’m spoiling the next post, but I not only managed to survive a run-in with someone I’m absolutely convinced is a vampire, we even shared a meal together 😉

  • Reply Anindya November 11, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Loved this travelogue in Romania in search of vampires…..unique concept and lovely pictures…..hope you had some great time…:)

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      I absolutely did, if you get the chance, Romania is definitely worth checking out.

  • Reply Kelsey @ There's Something About KM November 11, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Thank you for sharing your marvelous journey through these cities, even though your vampire search came up short, and I look forward to reading more about your vampire-seeking adventure!

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the silly adventures of an unsuccessful vampire-seeker. I’m pretty sure we’re going to find one soon 😉

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now November 11, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Don’t you enjoy it when you go somewhere and think “I could live here”. On to the vampire business you are looking in the wrong spots for them. They are CEO of multinational companies blood sucking the resources from the world. Please check there next my friend.

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      I do love stumbling on a new location and discovering that this would be a great new home. However, this is more likely to happen in a remote corner of a forest or beach that still somehow has good WiFi…
      And you make a good point about being more likely to find vampires amongst the corrupt and uber-wealthy. However, I wouldn’t want to hang out with that kind of crowd 😉

  • Reply Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) November 11, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I really want you to find a vampire – huge fans of all things vampire in this house!! The photos are stunning too x

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Claire, and not surprising. Vampire memorabilia is a sign of an enlightened mind (according to me).

  • Reply actualconversationswithmyhusband November 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

    See, if you’d take me with you you’d have found a whole pack of vampires by now! I’m pale enough to pass, so I don’t intimidate them with that “healthy flush” you’ve got going on, and I’ve got the dead stare down pat.

    Plus, I’m not afraid to walk up to complete strangers and ask the tough questions:
    * Are you a vampire?
    * Do you know any vampires?
    * Please take me to your vampires.

    • Reply Gabriel November 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      hehehe I would TOTALLY love to go vampire-seeking with you! I’m sure we would only attract the funny, mentoring ones that want to show us all the cool tricks like not having a reflection in stupid mirrors and not aging.

  • Reply Melanie Gabrell November 13, 2017 at 10:23 am

    What a fun read 🙂 perhaps you will find your vampires in the most unlikely of places !

    • Reply Gabriel November 15, 2017 at 10:29 am

      so glad you enjoyed! And feel free to stop back by any time the mood strikes. We’re just getting started here;)

  • Reply Di November 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Hello Gabe,
    Please keep looking…they have to be there!
    And what a great concept to turn your vampire hunt into a travelogue too!
    Time for those dishes to be washed now, surely…
    I’ll let you get to them.
    Thank you for an entertaining and informative post 🙋🏻💐

    • Reply Gabriel November 15, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thanks Di and I’ll keep looking (and you’ll be happy to know that the dishes AND laundry is all taken care of 😉 )

      • Reply Di November 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

        Go you, Gabe. Brownie points for you from Monica I’m sure.
        And I’ll wait and watch re- the vampires…
        Enjoy your night 💐✨✨

  • Reply bedlamanddaisies November 16, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Gabe, I’m glad to see that you are back on the vampire hunt. I hope that you enjoyed your hikes here in the States. I’ll be curious to see where the vampires seem to choose for their dwelling. I’m sure that sleuthing for clues through each city is quite the adventure 😉

    • Reply Gabriel November 18, 2017 at 4:56 am

      It has been an adventure. After wayyyy too much suspense, I’ve finally gotten around to publishing that photo of me eating with a vampire. Hope you enjoy!

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