Thanks to Sebastian for snapping this with my phone!
Silk scarf – Rodier (it was my Mum’s)
Parka – Some outlet store in Manchester
Tshirt – Souvenir from Bran, Romania
Skirt – American Apparel
Tights – Primark
Belt – Primark
Booties – Jazz dance boots from Ebay
Bag – I forget the brand, via TK Maxx
One thing that I like doing when I travel is to pick up souvenirs and things I can then incorporate into my daily life. In this case it is a Vlad Tepes t-shirt (or Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracul), the Romanian prince infamous for his ruthlessness and who has given inspiration to many gruesome horror stories, such as ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker. This was picked up in Romania back in 2004 and it was one of my favourite trips so far. The country has beautiful landscapes and if you are a folk art aficionado like I am, you will have a great time – every city and town has a little folk art museum or the Museul Satului – open air museums where you can wander and see old traditional wooden houses.
Transilvanya, where supposedly Dracula’s castle is located (it’s not accurate though, you can read about it here) is a beautiful area with the Carpathian forest covering most of it. I swear I have never seen forests as far as the eye can see as I did in Romania. I am sure a lot of things have changed in Romania ever since I went there, 8 years is a long time and the country became part of the EU in the meantime and I hope that the country’s charm and specificities haven’t been changed to conform to the norm. Romania has been the only Eastern Europe country I have ever visited but I hope it hasn’t been the last.
What is your favourite travel souvenir?