What does Prince Charles have in common with Dracula?

My firm belief that Romania and its people have a hidden potential which has yet to be discovered by the world, was recently strengthened by the actions of Prince Charles. As a Romanian, I must admit I am proud of the Prince, who as an ‘outsider’ sees the glass as half full when it comes to Romania, in contrast to so many others who either don’t know of or fail to appreciate my country’s many treasures.

Besides the fact that he descends from Vlad the Impaler (a.k.a. Dracula), Prince Charles has a long connection with Romania, starting in 1998 when he first visited the country. It turns out that the Prince has been ‘in love’ with Romania for over 10 years, and all this time he’s promoted its uniqueness, its exquisite rural areas and its forests, that have remained intact in spite of the process of modernization. His passion for nature inspired him to make the center of the country a place where he could spend more time. Prince Charles has three homes in Romania; one of which includes a guesthouse in a village called Viscri in Transylvania.

So the next time you visit Romania, consider spending a few nights in Transylvania in the Prince’s guesthouse that gives you both a royal feeling and a taste of the essence of Dracula’s land.

The Prince of Wales's House at Viscri in Transylvania, Romania

While many films, articles and documentaries have been created about Romania, not many of them do the country full justice. Like all other third world countries, Romania has had its share of misfortune in the past. Yet I like to believe that the process of evolution doesn’t miss any person, nor country.

Recently, a group of British filmmakers made a documentary called Wild Carpathia, about Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. Its mission is to bring awareness to the public of how unique and beautiful they are, and is among the first to present Romania in a positive light, as a one-of-a-kind place in the world that needs to be preserved. Because of his deep appreciation for Romania, Prince Charles agreed to be a part of this courageous project. In the film, the Prince shares his rather interesting connection with the man the world has come to know as Dracula:

The Prince of Wallachia–Dracula and The Prince of Wales–Charles

My genealogy shows that I am descending from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a little bit of a stake in the country.

Wild Carpathia was written and presented by Charlie Ottley, who expressed his thoughts about Prince Charles:

Prince Charles adores Romania. He has had a love affair with Romania for the last 10 years or more. He thinks that Romania has to be preserved. It is a treasure not only for the Romanian people, but for the whole world. He feels very strongly about doing everything he can to help…

Click here to watch the Wild Carpathia Trailer featuring HRH The Prince of Wales

As a proud ambassador for Romania and its people, I encourage you to learn a little more about my little known yet fascinating homeland. Like Prince Charles, you may also discover the magic and inspiration which can found to this day in the ancient land of Romania.

Sanatate (Great Health to You in Romanian),

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“Love Letter” to Romania

“Love Letter” to Romania

An American and a Romanian are leading strategy and leadership classes for big companies in America and are working hard on a unique project: a little encyclopedia of… Romanian Wisdom

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“Dragoste letter” pentru România

Un american şi o româncă ţin cursuri de leadership pentru marile companii din SUA şi lucrează de zor la un proiect inedit: o mică enciclopedie a…înțelepciunii românești

Dati click aici pentru a citi articolul din Forbes Romania in limba romana

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How this book came to be

It all started with a walk down the street in Manhattan in the fall of 2008. While sharing thoughts about life, Diana mentioned one of her core beliefs to Matthew: “I think you live the life that you choose.

Matthew remembers stopping and making a note of this pearl of wisdom in his notebook. As an American, and by definition an outsider to Romanian culture, Matthew sensed that there was much hidden wisdom within the Romanian culture that was unrecognized and underappreciated in the world. He had the epiphany that a book could be created to act as a bridge for this wisdom to America and beyond. They explored this idea over dinner that night and set about creating what became The Little Book of Romanian Wisdom.

The journey took almost 3 years and included many trips to Romania, countless interviews and literally hundreds of hours. What resulted is a 184-page book of quotes and pearls of wisdom from over 100 people from across Romanian culture.
We were both delightfully surprised at the many famous and beloved Americans who were unknown carriers of Romanian Wisdom, having been born in Romania. People like actors Edward G. Robinson, John Houseman and Johnny Weissmuller.

In the process of completing the book we were inspired to reach out and connect with many wonderful Romanians who shared their wisdom, including Hollywood’s natural beauty expert Anastasia Soare, bestselling authors Dr. Carmen Harra and Aura Imbarus, actress and model Monica Birladeanu/Dean and many others.

In this blog we will be sharing interesting insights about Romanian culture, people and wisdom in general. We welcome your contribution and we invite you to join us on the never-ending adventure of learning.

Sanatate! (Great Health to you in Romanian)
Diana & Matthew

Diana & Matthew in NYC

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