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Romania Tidbits February 12, 2010

Do you want some interesting Romanian history?

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Romania Language Translations

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HISTORICAL and GEOGRAPHICAL references of DRACULA

Historically, the name “Dracula” is derived from a secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon, founded by Sigismund of Luxembourg (king of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Emperor) to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Ottoman Empire Ottoman Turks. Vlad II Dracul, father of Vlad III, was admitted to the order around 1431 because of his bravery in fighting the Turks. From 1431 onward, Vlad II wore the emblem of the order and later, as ruler of Wallachia, his coinage bore the dragon symbol. The name Dracula means “Son of Dracul”.

During “Vlad the Impaler’s” main reign (1456–1462), is said to have killed from 40,000 to 100,000 European civilians (political rivals, criminals, and anyone else he considered “useless to humanity”), mainly by using his favourite method of impaling them on a sharp pole. The main sources dealing with these events are records by Transylvanian Saxons Saxon settlers in neighbouring Transylvania, who had frequent clashes with Vlad III. Vlad III is revered as a folk hero by Romanian people Romanians for driving off the invading Turks. His impaled victims are said to have included as many as 100,000 Ottoman Empire Ottoman Islam Muslims.

Many of Stoker’s (Author of “Dracula”) biographers and literary critics have found strong similarities to the earlier Irish writer Sheridan le Fanu’s classic of the vampire genre, ”Carmilla”. In writing ”Dracula”, Stoker may also have drawn on stories about the sídhe, some of which feature blood-drinking women. The folkloric figure of Abhartach has also been suggested as a source.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula

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Globe Aware – Romanian Culture

GA – Cultural Romania

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MSN Travel rated Romania 1 of 12 places to visit that have become more affordable:

Romania (Romanian lei, 35 percent decline versus U.S. dollar): You will scarcely find a country more filled with history, in the form of elegant fortresses, traditional villages and age-old churches. In Bucovina in northeast Romania, you’ll find “painted monasteries,” whose exterior walls are decorated with colorful 15th- and 16th-century frescoes. Castles from across the centuries dot the countryside, including Peles Castle, in southern Romania, and Bran Castle, popularly considered the home of Dracula. Elegant Bucharest is a sophisticated modern center with a thriving nightlife.
 
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Magnificent Romania – Here are some pictures of Romania…they are beautiful!
 
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ROMANIA – Wikipedia Style
Romania (pronounced /roʊˈmeɪniə/ ( listen) roe-MAY-nee-ə; archaic: Rumania, Roumania; Romanian: România [romɨˈni.a] ( listen)) is a country located in Southeastern and Central Europe, North of the Balkan Peninsula, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea[3]. Almost all of the Danube Delta is located within its territory. Romania shares a border with Hungary and Serbia to the west, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova to the northeast, and Bulgaria to the south.
Romania emerged as a personal union of the principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia under prince Alexander John Cuza in 1859 and as the Kingdom of Romania under the Hohenzollern monarchy, it gained recognition of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1878. In 1918, at the end of the World War I, Transylvania, Bukovina and Bessarabia united with the Kingdom of Romania. At the end of World War II, parts of its territories (roughly the present day Republic of Moldova) were occupied by the USSR and Romania became a socialist republic, member of the Warsaw Pact.
With the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Romania started a series of political and economic reforms. After a decade of post-revolution economic problems, Romania made economic reforms such as low flat tax rates in 2005 and joined the European Union on January 1, 2007. While Romania’s income level remains one of the lowest in the European Union, reforms have increased the growth speed. Romania is now an upper-middle income country economy.
Romania has the 9th largest territory and the 7th largest population (with 21.5 million people)[4] among the European Union member states. Its capital and largest city is Bucharest (Romanian: Bucureşti [bukuˈreʃtʲ] ( listen)), the 6th largest city in the EU with 1.9 million people. In 2007, Sibiu, a city in Transylvania, was chosen as a European Capital of Culture.[5] Romania also joined NATO on March 29, 2004, and is also a member of the Latin Union, of the Francophonie, of the OSCE and of the United Nations, as well as an associate member of the CPLP. Romania is a semi-presidential unitary state.
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2 Responses to “Romania Tidbits”

  1. Tara's daughter Cassidy Says:

    nice job mom ! and also where did you get this stuff ?

  2. Abbey Says:

    Mom i like your moveis you put in a lot. Are you going to get more?


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