Share The wind whistled through the trees and an early evening mist rose over the rolling hills. It was a sunny day, but an icy fear gripped me as a name popped into my head, one that filled me with dread: Count Dracula. Then my husband, Cornel, burst out laughing. “It’s only a legend,” he said. “Calm down. He’s not real!” We were hiking in the beautiful forests of Faget just outside the city of Cluj-Napoca, or simply Cluj, Transylvania, in Romania. Cluj is my husband’s home city. In fact, it’s the second-largest city in Romania after the capital Bucharest. It is also the unofficial capital of Transylvania. And for good reason.