Most people associate Cachtice castle with the Blood Countess, Alzbeta Bathory, but in her youth she used to live closer to me. Cicva castle, between Lake Domasa and the town of Vranov, was where she was married.
Because she was a Hungarian noble, most foreigners believe she was Hungarian by birth. She was in fact from the territory now known as Slovakia.
Given that she believed the blood of virgins would help to keep her young and beautiful, she qualifies as the only real vampire of the Middle Ages – Vlad Tepes, Dracula, was just a sadist in comparison.
My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically...
I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell.
My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal.
For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit http://www.edwardotoole.com
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