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    Peles Castle in Sinaia was once home to Queen Marie.

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    The Sinaia Monastery was founded in 1695.

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    100 miles north of Bucharest, the city of Brasov is a vibrant hub for travelers exploring central Romania.

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    A Roma boy outside his house in the village of Viscri.

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    In the village of Viscri, villagers sit out in front of their homes selling hand-knit scarves, hats, sweaters, and slippers.

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    Declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1993, Viscri's fortified church dates back to 1100, and contains medieval fresco paintings and a climbable clock tower.

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    The view from the top of Viscri's fortified church.

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    Fresh-baked bread, homemade "zacuska" vegetable spread, sheep's milk cheese, and hand-pressed grape juice constitute a traditional, rustic Romanian meal.

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    A night at a traditional guesthouse in the village of Crit starts at just $55 USD, including breakfast and dinner.

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    Gazing down a side street in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara.

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    A bust of Vlad the Impaler, in his hometown of Sighisoara (Vlad's last name, Drăculești, partly inspired the protagonist of Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula).

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    View from the top of the Sighisoara Clock Tower, which was built in the 13th century.

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    Sheep crossing a road in a national park near Sighisoara.

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    Sibiu's central square is one of the most beautiful in Transylvania; directly facing the square is the acclaimed Brukenthal National Museum.

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    Sibiu sits near the base of the Carpathians, a mountain range that stretches almost 1,000 miles across central and eastern Europe.

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    The Transfagarasan Road zig zags up to the top of Fagaras Mountain.

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    A drive along Transfagarasan Road yields stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

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    Lake Balea sits at the top of Fagaras Mountain, 6562 feet above sea level.

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    A traditional Romanian restaurant overlooks Lake Balea, offering hearty mamaliga (polenta), grilled meat dishes, and plenty of beer.

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    Descending on the south side of Fagaras Mountain, the views are just as impressive.

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