|Where the research and exploration took place|
A very warm afternoon in late June found J and L landing in Bucharest, Romania.
Exploration and research was afoot - to borrow a phrase from the greatest detective in all literature, Sherlock Holmes.
The dynamic duo - J and L, not Holmes and Stoker, flew nearly fourteen hours from LAX to Charles de Gaulle and then on to Otopeni International in search of this legendary badman. Of course, in certain sections of Transylvania, Wallachia and most of Romania itself, Vlad is not cursed. The fourteenth century prince is actually exulted as a hero.
|The Hero - Vlad Dracula|
|A German woodcut depicting an impaling lunch|
So, Vlad Dracul (his father - the suffix 'a' means 'son of'') raised Vlad and his two brothers to fight like champions because they would need the skills to rule. Without warrior talent during those years in Eastern Europe, you could not hold onto any land. It would be taken from you by a mightier warrior.
Vlad Dracula - the son of Vlad Dracul - would take the lessons learned to an entirely new dimension. But once the research started, we discovered that there is much more to the story of this man - this prince.
And this is why J and L found themselves in Eastern Europe in the summer of 2017. To learn more and more about this man of many faces. This Vlad Dracula - Vlad the Impaler - Vlad III - or the voivode (war-lord) of Wallachia.
Who was he? Why did he obtain the reputation he either deserved or did not deserve?
|The real Vlad Dracula|
|Many steps to numerous deserted castles|
Not just curiosity but a more long lasting purpose - a new book - a new genre than J is used to writing. The research would be done, the exploration complete, and then the challenge of putting all the pieces into a piece of literature would come to light.
But - for now the traveling had just begun.
|Let the sleuthing begin!|