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War Posters From 102 Years Ago Today

July 29, 2016 | Ann | Comments (2)

Images from The Archives New Zealand on Flickr
Photo Courtesy of The Archives of New Zealand under licence CC 2.0

August 1, 2016 is a great day to relax and spend away from the office to bask in the sun before the colder temperatures return. In contrast to this fine day of comfort, warmth, and leisure, on August 1, 1914, a different scenario was taking place -- hostile events culminated in starting the first day of World War I in Britain. Recruitment posters began appearing in distant locations around the world requesting young men to join in the fight. The poster of this August lion was publicized in New Zealand. More historical posters from that continent are available through the NZ History website.

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On the American Front, James Montgomery Flagg created "the most famous wartime poster in the world." This recruitment poster was published in July 1916 and became a permanent fixture in American folklore. Also worth noting is the fact that the Uncle Sam character resembles James M. Flagg himself.

 

"I Want You" poster: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
This image is a work of a US military or Department of Defense employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the US federal government, the image is in the public domain.

Similarly, on the British Front, another personality promoted military recruitment. This fictitious personality portrays a boisterous wealthy English farmer by the name of John Bull. The name of the artist for this poster is unknown but it was printed by Andrew Reid & Company Limited. The history of this character goes back to the 1700s and was created by a British mathematician and author, John Arbuthnot as noted in his original (1712) title, The History of John Bull.

Other World War One posters available at ww1propaganda.com
This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.

With the Union Flag emblazoned across his full belly, the slogan asked, "Who's Absent? Is it You?" Behind him a line of soldiers reveals gaps where soldiers would be and burning buildings behind the gaps that need addressing. This poster shows a subtle approach to the dire need for men in comparison to Uncle Sam's big furrowing brows, no-nonsense frown, steely gaze, in-your-face pointing finger, and the directive, "I Want You for the US Army." 

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Canada has also offered assistance to the Great War through recruitment and by purchasing Victory Bonds to help fund the soldiers in the fight overseas. 

They Serve France.  How can I serve Canada?  Buy Victory Bonds
Image courtesy of the Toronto Public Library

More patriotic posters are available through our Toronto Public Library Archive

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Finally, what better way to support our soldiers than to entertain them and lift their spirits through a donation of books to your local library for the soldiers abroad: 

The American Library Association through the University of Illinois has also put together a digital archive of historic posters worth glancing through.

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Also, here are some titles on propaganda, art and how the fancy slogans are created to draw the men and women to join in the Great War.

Propaganda and censorship during Canada's Great War Secret warriors: key scientists, code breakers and propagandists of the Great War For home and country: World War I propaganda on the home front
Picture this: World War I posters and visual culture Art or memorial?: the forgotten history of Canada's war art Art at the service of war: Canada, art, and the Great War

Also have a look at The Toronto Public Library’s Pinterest Board with a selection of World War 1 Posters as well as the following blog posts from the past:

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Enjoy the long weekend filled with fun and exciting events. Contemplate how this time was spent over a century ago. The war preparations, the posters beckoning recruitment, and the ongoing carnage and bravery have remained permanently embedded in our world history.

Breaking the Grass Laws, Loving the Weed

July 29, 2016 | Maureen | Comments (4)

Take a look at the lawns on the covers of these books:

John Deere landscaping & lawn care - the complete guide to a beautiful yard year-round Ortho's all about lawns The complete guide to a better lawn - how to plant, maintain & improve your yard & lawn

And these lawns, on the covers of organic lawn care books:

Organic lawn care - growing grass the natural way The organic lawn care manual - a natural, low-maintenance system for a beautiful, safe lawn Lawns for Canada - natural and organic

I see a lawn like this and think, I bet I'd have to use a coaster in that house. And sit up very straight in an expensive white chair. Woe to the dandelion that dares to raise its sunny face on these battlefields, where man and nature clash all summer long. But if grass with a buzz cut is your idea of beauty, click on the books pictured here to reserve one of these lawn care instruction books. 

I prefer a lawn that looks like nature is at least putting up a fight. These lawns are more my style:

Natural gardening in small spaces The American meadow garden - creating a natural alternative to the traditional lawn The living landscape

But way beyond my capabilities. I'm one of those kill-everything-she-touches type gardeners, so I don't touch. I let nature have her way with my bit of sod. I have no book recommendations for you on this laissez-faire landscaping style -- you don't need any. It's real easy. Sprinkle a few wildflower seeds if you want, or not, then just wait to see what grows. But get ready to harvest a bumper crop of stink eye from your neighbours when the weeds reach your belly button! Look what grew on my lawn without any help from me! I especially like the thistle thingy.


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At this point, I'm guessing I've alienated those of you who have lawns that look like they belong to Nurse Ratched in One flew over the cuckoo's nest. And if you're thinking that I'm breaking some kind of rule, well, right you are! Municipal Code Chapter 489, Grass and Weeds states, "The owner or occupant of private land shall cut the grass and weeds on their land...whenever the growth of grass and weeds exceeds 20 centimetres in height." Some of my most spectacular weeds are four times that high!

Here's what Chapter 489 of the Municipal Code means by weeds:

(1) All noxious weeds and local weeds designated under the Weed Control Act; and

(2) Any other vegetation growth that does not form part of a natural garden that has been deliberately implemented to produce ground cover...consistent with a managed and natural landscape other than regularly mown grass.

I think that means I'm on the right side of the law if I say that my botanical chaos/gnome kingdom is a "natural garden" which I "deliberately implemented." OK, let's go with that, I did it on purpose. But we natural gardeners are not so easily let off the Chapter 489 hook. To fend off busy-body complaint filing neighbours, we'd need to apply for a Natural Garden Exemption. And we'd have to get the city horticulturalist to inspect our urban jungle and, hopefully, recommend approval of the exemption. And it might be a good idea to consult the list of noxious weeds in Ontario before the friendly horticulturalist comes calling, to check for trouble makers like giant hogweed (the sap can cause skin to burn), poison hemlock (can cause respiratory failure in humans when ingested), or ragweed (can cause hay fever).

There are some real bad-ass weeds out there -- poisonous, tough, fast-growing, invasive, manifest destiny practicing bullies, that choke out native plants. But it's not fair to demonize all weeds. Where one person sees a weed, another might see a lovely wild flower, or nutritious salad greens, a nice cup of tea, herbal medicine, a spring tonic, or an insect habitat. Here are some books that look at weeds with a sympathetic eye:

The wild wisdom of weeds -13 essential plants for human survival Weeds - in defense of nature's most unloved plants Weeds
Adventures in edible plant foraging - finding, identifying, harvesting, and preparing native and invasive, wild plants Backyard foraging - 65 familiar plants you didn't know you could eat Wild edibles - a practical guide to foraging, with easy identification of 60 edible plants and 67 recipes

Take the common dandelion for instance. Every part of this scorned weed can be eaten. Dandelion greens can be used in salads, the roasted roots can be consumed as a caffeine-free coffee substitute, and the flowers can be used to make dandelion wine. Which brings to mind a quote from one of my favourite Ray Bradbury books, Dandelion wine (a perfect summer read, by the way): "Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered."

Dandelion wine"Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. But as Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future."

Are you feeling a little friendlier towards the common weed? No? Maybe this random collection of books with dandelions in the title will sway you:

The dandelion years - Erica James Dandelion summer - Lisa Wingate
The dandelion field - Kathryn Springer Dandelion - memoir of a free spirt, by Catherine James

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Free Science Events in Toronto for August 2016

July 26, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

The Business, Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the August calendar (PDF).

August's highlights include:

The Toronto Public Library also offers many free science and applied science events:

At the Library, August's highlights include:

Can't attend a program or want to read more about the topics covered? Try some of these books:

Introducing Data Science   The Hair Bible   Coconut 24-7   A Plant-Based Life

Inkscape   Birder's Conservation Handbook   The Total Bike Maintenance Book   Natural Beauty Alchemy

North York History Collection at North York Central Library

July 25, 2016 | Andrew | Comments (0)

Getting Started

The Society & Recreation Department at the North York Central Library houses the North York History Collection where you can find books, newspapers, photographs and maps of people, places and events in North York. Both Society & Recreation and the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Toronto Reference Library house minutes, reports, planning documents etc. from the former municipality of North York.

Searching the Library Website

Suggested Subjects and Keywords (to limit results, use Advanced Search and the subject field)

Suggested Titles

Using Online Resources

  • click on a neighbourhood name and follow the link for books and digitized images

Recommended Websites

Recommended Databases

In-Library Resources

Database

Files

    • North York History Files 
    • Contains mainly newspaper articles about North York people, places and events . (In Reading Room)

 

    • North York Pamphlet Files
    • Contains pamphlets and other material concerning North York people, places and events. (In Closed Reference Stacks)

 

    • Urban Affairs Scrapbook Collection (years 1969-1999 available on microfiche)
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scrapbooks

Newspapers on Microfilm

  • Bayview-Mills Town Crier (1993- [almost] present)*
  • Bayview Post (1989-[almost] present)*
  • Enterprise (1926-1969) [some issues missing]
  • Mirror (various editions: 1957-[almost] present)*
  • North York News (1951-1995)
  • *More recent issues available in paper format

Microfilms

  • Abstract index [by lot and concession number], York Township (Reel LML 1494+)
  • Assessment Rolls, York Township, 1882-99 (Reel LML 2-105-6+)
  • Deeds, York Township,1868+ (Reel LML 1455-6+)
  • York County Surrogate Court Records Index 1940-1967 (Reels MS 869)

Additional Resource

  • Directories (list in North York History Files) and some extracts (917.1354 Y in North York History Collection)
  • Family histories
  • Maps and aerial photos (see finding aid Guide to Canadiana Maps)
  • Municipal Documents (former City of North York documents such as official plans, minutes of North York Council)
  • Photographs
  • Township Papers (Toronto and York)
  • Voters' Lists, York Township and North York (1942+)

For further assistance contact:

North York Central Library, Society & Recreation Department 416-395-5660

Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library 416-393-7175

Welcome to the Business, Science and Technology Department

July 22, 2016 | Carolyn | Comments (2)

If you're a regular visitor to the North York Central Library you've probably noticed some recent changes. The Library is undergoing a major renovation, a project that will be completed over the next few years. One change which has already taken place is the merger of the Business Department with the Science and Technology Department. The new Business, Science and Technology Department is located on the 4th Floor. When the renovation is complete, the department will provide more meeting and study space, including a designated work and meeting area for business start-ups.

Coming from the former Science and Technology Department, I've spent the past several weeks learning about the Business Department's great collections and online resources. Here are a few highlights:

 

Collections

  • the Careers collection has books about jobs and careers, job searching, resumes, cover letters and job interviews
  • the Directories collection has publications with information about industries, businesses and organizations

I've also been impressed with the range and depth of the Business collection in areas such as law, management and investing.

 

Online resources

  • CARDonline: Canadian advertising rates and media planning information for advertising, marketing, public relations and communications professionals. 
  • CPA Canada Handbook - Accounting & Assurance: accounting and auditing service guidelines
  • LawSource: Canadian legislation, case law and commentaries
  • MarketLine: industry trends, product development, international company and industry information

 

Here are some recent additions to the Business collection that have caught my eye:

  

 

     

July 18 is Mandela Day

July 18, 2016 | Carrie | Comments (0)

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 and would be celebrating his 98th birthday today if he was still alive (he passed away in 2013). To honour his legacy and to promote community service worldwide, July 18 was declared Nelson Mandela International Day (or 'Mandela Day') by the United Nations in 2009. In recognition of one of the world's most inspiring anti-apartheid leaders and symbols of freedom and equality, here are six books to help celebrate 'Mandela Day.'

Long walk to freedom              Young Mandela                                   Prisoner in the Garden (2)                                 

The Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela

 Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years by David James Smith

 A Prisoner in the Garden by Nelson Mandela

       

Playing the enemy

              Conversations with Myself                              

    Notes to the future 

 Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin

 Conversations with Myself By Nelson Mandela

Notes to the Future By Nelson Mandela              

The Nelson Mandela Foundation asks people to give up 67 minutes on Mandela Day -- one minute for every year of Mandela's public service -- to take action and inspire change. The objective is to "inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good."

Some of the suggested activities include:

  • Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background.
  • Read to someone who can’t.
  • Help someone get a job. Put together and print a CV for them, or help them with their interview skills.
  • Offer to take an elderly neighbour who can't drive to do their shopping/chores.
  • Donate your skills!

 

 

 

Sunny Summer Cinema

July 15, 2016 | Muriel | Comments (4)

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; 
to me those have always been the two 
most beautiful words in the English language.
                     
~Henry James (1843 to 1916)

                       
I have noticed that free outdoor screenings of movies in Toronto have been opening up like wildflowers in the sun! From Mel Lastman Square to Yonge-Dundas Square to St. James Park to Harbourfront to Sugar Beach and more locations, these screenings have reminded me about some wonderful films with gorgeous sunny summer scenery.


 


Italy comes to my mind right away as a glorious setting for sunny summer cinema. La Dolce Vita stars the handsome and inimitable Marcello Mastroianni as a journalist looking for love and happiness, over seven days and nights, in Rome. Jep, an aging socialite, is also looking for meaning in the summer in Rome in The Great Beauty. In Mid-August Lunch, Gianni still lives with his elderly mother in Rome. He ends up taking care of several other mothers, in addition to his own, on the August 15 Ferragosto Roman holiday.

La Dolce Vita      The Great Beauty      Mid-August Lunch


Leaving her cheating husband behind in the United States, Diane Lane stars as Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan Sun. Frances buys a rural Tuscan villa and struggles to start her life over again. Probably my favourite film of all time is A Room with a View, which is based on the novel by EM Forster. It stars Helena Bonham Carter as an Edwardian woman with a chaperone in Florence, who falls in love there with a passionate, free-spirited Englishman. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a wonderful comedy starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni as three different Italian couples in Naples, Milan and Rome.

Under the Tuscan Sun      A Room with a View      Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


One of the most delightful films I have seen which is set in Paris is How to Steal a Million, with Audrey Hepburn starring as an art forger's daughter. She hires a cat burglar to steal back from a museum her father's reproduced sculpture before it is too late. In Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, aspiring novelist Gil tours Paris on his own, late at night, meeting Jazz Age cultural heroes and becoming more dissatisfied with his present life. In To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant is a retired cat burglar living on the French Riviera. Grace Kelly plays beautiful heiress Francie, whose jewels are stolen, and when the cat burglar becomes a suspect, he must catch the real thief and clear his own name.

How to Steal a Million      Midnight in Paris      To Catch a Thief


The sun actually shines in England in Sense and Sensibility! Emma Thompson plays Elinor Dashwood and Kate Winslet, her sister, and both strive for love despite reduced circumstances due to the death of their father (Sense and Sensibility will be screened outdoors at Harbourfront on August 24). In the beloved musical My Fair Lady, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins, played by Rex Harrison, is sure that he can transform a Cockney working-class girl (played by Audrey Hepburn) into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. One of my favourite actresses, Brenda Blethyn, stars as Grace Trevethen in Saving Grace. When Grace's late husband leaves her a manor on the Cornish coast with a massive debt, she gets an outrageous idea to raise money.

Sense and Sensibility My Fair Lady Saving Grace


Another sunny film comes from Mexico, Like Water for Chocolate.  A young girl named Tita longs her entire life to marry her lover, Pedro, but cannot since she is the youngest daughter and must care for her mother until the day she dies. In The Seven Year Itch, a faithful husband is tempted during a New York heatwave by a beautiful neighbour, played by Marilyn Monroe.  

From Australia comes The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, about two drag queens, and a transgender woman played by Terence Stamp, as they journey across the Australian outback in a tour bus they have named "Priscilla." 

Like Water for Chocolate      The Seven Year Itch      The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Back home in Canada, in The Grand Seduction, the residents of a small fishing community in Newfoundland try to charm a doctor into staying there. In My American Cousin, a 12-year-old British Columbia girl's American cousin introduces her to rock music and makes her swoon; and in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, the younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal yearns to make a name for himself in society.

The Grand Seduction      My American Cousin      The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz


Come and join us for films and programs on related topics, and keep cool on hot days, at Toronto Public Library.

Ciné-Club
La bibliothèque York Woods vous invite à profiter d'un bon film, Starbuck, lundi le 15 août de 18 h à 20 h.  Le film sera suivi d'une discussion. Pour trouver plus d'informations, s'il vous plaît appelez-nous au 416-395-5980.

North York Central Renovation

July 15, 2016 | Cathy | Comments (2)

We are starting an exciting phase of the renovation program at the North York Central Library this week – this is the beginning of the construction of the new Circulation, Browsery and Children’s areas on the main floor.  When completed, this will include a large KidStop for young children featuring a transportation theme, a Discovery Zone for school-aged children, and a study terrace. At the same time, construction will begin on our new Creation Loft and Reading Room on the second floor.  The Creation Loft will feature leading edge technology in its content creation spaces including a digital innovation hub, fabrication lab, expanded music rooms, a media lounge, and a learning lab to support e-learning. 

The library will be OPEN during the different phases of construction.  

 

Starting the week of July 11

The Language, Literature & Fine Arts collection on the second floor will be moving to its temporary location on the 5th and 6th floors. Service will be provided on the second floor until the move is complete by the end of the week. Some of the collection will be unavailable when the collection is being moved.  Please see staff for assistance. Call 416-395-5639 to check on the availability of collections.

Once the temporary move is complete,  

  • the 5th floor will have the following Language, Literature & Fine Arts collections:
    • Magazines
    • Graphic novels 
    • Fiction 
    • Science Fiction 
    • Music scores 
    • English CDs
    • Non-fiction  
  • the 6th floor will have the following Language, Literature & Fine Arts  collections: 
    • English DVDs 
    • Language learning materials 
    • Mysteries
    • Large Print books 
    • French materials 
    • Multilingual materials (Chinese, German, Hindu, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Tagalog) 

The concourse study hall will close in preparation for the Children’s Department’s move into the space. 

  • Space will be cleared in the Teen Zone area for the relocation of the Browsery collection.
  • The Children’s Department will move from the main floor to the concourse level and will close temporarily to facilitate its move. During the move, a Read, Play, and Chill Zone will be provided for families. 
  • The holds and the Circulation service desk will also be moved to the concourse level. 
  • The main entrance to the library will be re-located to the concourse level.  

As some items in the collection may not be available on the days of the move, please call 416-395-5672 for updates about what collection moves are underway. 

We look forward to serving you throughout this exciting project.

 

And the Award for Best Cookbook Goes to…

July 8, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (1)

The ceremonies celebrating the best cookbooks of 2015 were held recently.

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards honoured authors, publishers and other contributors behind the best cookbooks published last year. The association strives to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing and to expand the awareness of culinary literature. They awarded the cookbook of the year to…

The Food Lab

The Food Lab
(also available: e-book)

In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don't work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new, but simple, techniques.

Here are some of the other IACP award winning cookbooks:

Dinner at Home   Fast Food, Good Food   Food52 Genius Recipes   The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook

Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees   The Picnic   Tacos   Vegetarian India

Visit IACP’s website for the full list of winners.

The James Beard Foundation Book Awards celebrated books that contributed to the growing canon of information and knowledge about food and beverage. This year, the book of the year went to…

Zahav

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Zahav tells an authoritative and personal story of how Solomonov embraced the food of his birthplace. It showcases the melting-pot cooking of Israel, especially the influences of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. With its blend of technique and passion, this book shows readers how to make his food their own.

Here are some of the other James Beard Foundation award winning cookbooks:

A Bird in the Hand   Near and Far   NOPI   V is for Vegetables

Visit the James Beard Foundation website for the full list of winners.

The Gourmand World Cookbooks Award honoured the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television. They presented the best cookbook of the year to…

With Our Own Hands

With Our Own Hands

This book tells the story of the Afghan and Tajik Pamir Mountains, the old traditions and rapid changes in people's lives and the way they interact with the landscape. It is also a book about the origins of food. Combining stories, essays, recipes, and photography, With Our Own Hands seeks to strengthen the pride of the Pamiri people and excite the curiosity of those who appreciate diversity in food and agriculture, and the role it plays in people's relationships with nature and with each other.

Here are some of the other Gourmand International award winning cookbooks:

The Ghana Cookbook   Montreal Cooks   Soup for Syria   Vegan Everyday

Visit the Gourmand International website for the full list of winners.

Many of the award winning cookbooks can be read online or on a mobile device. Search for the titles in OverDrive, the library's e-book and e-audiobook digital content service.

Does Transylvania Really Exist? Yes It Does

July 4, 2016 | Emoke | Comments (4)

Transylvania

My next vacation will be Transylvania, Romania, birthplace of Dracula and...me!

Some find it hard to believe that I was born in such an exotic land. Or that this place actually exists outside the movies and books.

I can assure you it is real and fascinating. Some of my most interesting lifelong memories are from previous summer vacations there when I was younger. At this point, I have not been back in over a decade, so I'm curious to see how the place has changed, as all places do.

Most people associate Dracula and vampires with this region of the world (thanks to Bram Stoker- who never visited), but the real deal is so much more complicated and interesting. It really has to be experienced in person to appreciate.

The guidebook: Transylvania, by Lucy Mallows reminds us that botanist Dr. John Akeroyd calls it 'the very last example of an untouched medieval landscape in Europe."

In case you are interested, Vlad III Tepes, the inspiration for Dracula was the ruler of Wallachia, Romaina, but not Transylvania. He was born in Sighisoara, Transylvania, but he spent most of his brutal days in other parts of Romania.

Enough about that (although it's fun).

  The Castle in Transylvania  Transylvania  The rough Guide to Romania

Throughout history, Transylvania has been home to various races and cultures. Various migrating people invaded Romania over the centuries. The region of Transylvania was under Roman, Magyar, Habsburg, Ottoman and Wallachian rule, in that order, while remaining an autonomous province. It is mentioned from the 11th century as part of the Kingdom of Hungary. Then became an autonomous principality under Ottoman sovereignty in 1571, in 1711 part of the Habsburg monarchy (Austro-Hungary after 1867) and part of the Kingdom of Romania after World War I. Let's leave the history at that, as it's really convoluted and complicated, and I remember growing up, whenever I tried to educate myself about it, I would swiftly give up. 

It's fun to note that Lonely Planet named Transylvania the Top Region to visit in 2016. Take a look at my colleagues' blog post from the end of last year.

I look forward to breathing in some fresh Carpathian Mountain air, visiting the historic and almost frozen-in-time towns and villages, hay rides, and even going berry picking amongst possible bear sightings. And not to forget of course, visiting the Dracula castle, or Bran Castle, as I have never seen it before and it's located amongst beautiful mountain scenery.

So bon voyage to me and stayed tuned for the real pics!

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