It took 15 years and 28 days to reach water in the wheel well located on the property of the Corbin Castle in Transylvania, Romania. Once a fortress, it now holds carefully preserved pieces of history with the inclusion of a Knights' Hall, drawbridge, chapel and 50 rooms all displaying medieval art. This castle remains every adventure & medieval enthusiast dream.
Listed on Forbes.com as one of the 21 best budget travel destinations, Romania's deep history and culture might not be such a burden as low cost lodging is easy to acquire.
Though recommended for its magical winters, you can take a step back in time all year round with their painted monasteries, citadel's and authentic centuries old villages.
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I started today thinking I'd go to one of the few cafes in Sibenik still open for winter to write and read.
When I got there, it was packed: no open tables, barely room to stand at the bar. Plus, most people were smoking, and cigarettes and I don't get along.
So I drank my espresso, thanked the bartender, smiled at the men and women looking at me with the confused expressions I've grown accustomed to over the past week (I've learned not many tourists visit coastal Croatia in the off-season), and headed into the city.
I started walking with no sense of where I was going or why, and ended up at Tvrđava Sv. Mihovila (St. Michael's Fortress). I bought a ticket from a nice woman in a little booth, and she told me it was good for one of the other fortresses in Sibenik — Barone Fortress — too. I didn't even know there was another fortress (I learned there are four total; the one where Game of Thrones was apparently filmed was under renovation, and I'm not sure where the fourth is), so that ended up being an extra fun fact for my random exploration day.
Then I proceeded to climb, explore, poke my head into rooms that were not meant for tourists but since I was the only person there they hadn't been closed up, and eventually hike up to the cafe built within Barone Fortress to have a cup of tea, catch up on emails, and stare at this gorgeous (if windy and deserted) city.
Here's what I saw. Hope you like it as much as I did. (Fortress on the right = St. Michael's)