David, his mother (Liz), uncle (Giles) and I went to Romania in August 1999 to watch the total solar eclipse (August 11th). We stayed at a convent near Rimnicu-Vilcea, the point of greatest eclipse and watched the exclipse from the hills above. As it was about to happen we could see the priest hurrying all the nuns inside.
We also visited Vlad Dracula’s ‘official’ and ‘real’ castle and stayed a few days high in the mountains. There we had a great guide who also showed us bears at the local rubish dump.