Everyone is wondering when the legend of Dracula came in the public attention for the first time and if this legend has something to do with Vlad the Impaler- the prince of Wallachia. Well the legend starts when this man Vlad the Impaler was chosen by the well-known writer Bram Stoker to be the leading hero for his book published in 1897. Since then, Dracula and Transylvania, the land where the mysterious castle full of ghosts and vampires is located, became the subject of many movies, over 750 in numbers, documentaries or stories inspired from Stoker’s book. The very first successful movie about the life of vampires is the movie named Dracula which starred Bela Lugosi, a Romanian actor who had previously incarnated the titular character on the stage, and would forever be remembered, and unfortunately typecast as Dracula.

What is interesting to note, is that Stoker's vampire, while being loosely based on Vlad the Impaler, is nowhere near as threatening, nor as sadistic.  Stoker's Dracula is a mysterious, somewhat sensual character who kills and feeds to survive, much like any being in nature.  In fact, as much as there is reference to the evil of Dracula, it can be reasoned that all of his actions were motivated by survival. Vlad the Impaler, on the other hand, killed not just to feed, but to revel in his own power, and just for the sheer pleasure of seeing the suffering of his numerous victims.

The important thing that you need to know is that Vlad the Impaler got his nickname the Dracula from his father Vlad Dracul ( a nickname derived from the Order whom his father was a member, The Order of the Dragon- a very exclusive knight order). So, when Vlad the Impaler become a ruler he called himself Vlad III Dragulea signing documents with this name (and this is a certified fact), It means "the son of the Dragon", after his father name, Vlad Dracul (the Dragon). In old Romanian the suffix "-ea" meant "the son/daughter of". So, it's that simple: if the father name was Dracul, the son took Dracul-ea name to show his affiliation.
One more thing- Due to the changes in Romanian language, in time, Draculea became Dracula, I don’t know how but I guess it’s all about that type of “marketing”, I can say, when people shift information between them, between “mouth to mouth”,and you know some information can be missed or modify trough time.
Another story about Vlad the Impaler says that the transformation of him in Count Dracula, the one with thirst of blood, it was possible because of the traditions which were made in that medieval time, the right winner in any land  battle was supposed to extinguish his thirst by drinking a cup of the enemy’s blood.
To understand all of you, it's all about Dragon, not Devil.

So this legend is still alive in these days, and the Bran Castle, from Brasov County keeps this mysterious legend inside of the rooms and walls of the castle, were you can also learn more about the Bram Stoker’s book or about the legend of The Vlad the Impaler. Also I recommend you to go and visit the other castle which was the second home for Vlad- the Corvinilor Castle, in Hunedoara County.

So this is my story about this beautiful legend, i hope it was a good reading and i also hope you'll visit Romania and Transylvania one day to see and learn more about this. Also enjoy the pictures!
Thank you!
Source of information: http://www.exploringromania.com/vlad-dracul.html
http://www.snagov.ro/ro/Vlad-T...acula-Snagov-677.htm
http://www.vladtheimpaler.com/default.htm

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Thank you so very much for this fascinating piece on Dracula!!  I grew up scared of vampires as a small boy because I''d watched Bela Lugosi when I was a little to young to understand.  But at least I knew I was safe in the day, as vampires could not come into the sunlight.  Amazing what an industry Vampires have become,  with hundreds of movies, television series and books written about them.

 

You've give us yet another reason to visit Romania.  The country moves further and further up my list of places I need to visit soon, thanks in large part to your good efforts in promoting your homeland.

 

Now if you could tell us a little bit about the food and wine in Romania and ensure us that it is very good, I think we'll have to start making some firm plans at this end.

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Well first thank you for reading my post:d I just want to share what my country can offer
I'll start with the wine cuz' you know we talk here about vampires and stuff. Our land can provide fine wines also, because we have a vast grapevine crops, the most in the land Dobrogea, which starts from the near field of Bucharest and goes all the way through the country and reach its fullest near the Constanta county (the county near the sea). Also we have a some wine tours, which you can follow if you visit Romania, one of them it's called The wine valley tour, (you can see the map below) which you can trek on it or you can go in biking tour, and it's located in the Macin Mountains National Park About the best wine, the golden award is kept by Murfatlar Romania company.

The wine tradition in my country, is that you can drink it any time, at any hour of the day

About the Romanian food, well it's a beautiful long story which i will post about it in the near future. Just a little thing about our food is that the traditional food is very important and we value it because it's ours and we are proud of what our ancestors left for us. To make you a bit more curious you can search on the Internet the word "polenta"

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