Paranormal tours. Voyages of the vampire

Posted: November 7, 2013 in Paranormal tours of vampire

Paranormal tours of Vampires

Vampire

Vampires are legendary creatures said to subsist by feeding on the life essence of living creatures, generally by drinking their blood. Although typically described as undead, some minor traditions believed in vampires that were living people.
In folkloric tales, vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance. This is markedly different from modern fictional portrayals of gaunt, pale vampires beginning in the early 19th century. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, the term vampire was not popularised until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe,[4] although local variants were also known by different names, such as vampir (вампир) in Serbia and Bulgaria, vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.

Forks, Washington

If you’re a fan of the fanged creatures, you know why Forks, Washington makes the list. A small, damp town in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Forks blew up as a tourist destination after the publication of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Visitors looking to experience the life of Bella and Edward flock to La Push beach and eat mushroom ravioli at Bella Italia. The Forks Tourism Board has loads of information on Twilight hot spots around town, but you can also grab a guided tour. 

Transylvania, Romania

While Transylvania might be an obvious destination for vampire lovers, there’s good reason for that. Transylvania is teeming with vampire history thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Visitors can see castles and sights connected to Dracula, including the infamous Bran Castle and the ancient Poenari Fortress. Vampire enthusiasts will love the medieval city of Sighisoara which hosts loads of Dracula-themed tours and is considered the birthplace of the villainous blood-sucker. There’s nothing better than going to the source, and in the case of vampire lore that’s Vlad Ţepeş, legendary ruler of Wallachia, now part of Romania. Ţepeş became the scourge of the Ottoman empire and was fond of impaling entire Turkish forces sent against him. His bloodthirsty reputation inspired Irish author Bram Stoker to use him as the model for Dracula, and thus a legend was born. Bran Castle, one of his strongholds, now houses a museum dedicated to Queen Marie of Romania. It has an impressive clifftop profile, looking like the quintessential location for a vampire movie.

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