I spent about a month dotting around the picturesque, medieval-looking villages in Romania‘s Transylvania region. Forget your Dracula-laden thoughts from childhood tales, this charming area is bustling with locals having a drink at outdoor cafes surrounded by the fairy-tale like remnants of German-Saxon architecture. Populated by about 200,000 inhabitants, Brasov’s center is here on the Council Square, or Piaţa Sfatului in Romanian, where markets and yes, public punishments, were held starting in the 1300s. The council house in this photo was built in 1420. Just another reason I love Europe, we simple don’t have buildings this old in the United States.