Location: Predelut, Bran, Romania Experience: In truth, it is about as close to a favourite spot anyone could ever hope to wish for – peaceful, the smell of freshly scythed grass, a cow bell in the valley. Could it get much better. Travel links: car, donkey or bus. Utilities: Never more than 5 minutes walk from a hot soup, some fresh bread, a shot of plum brandy, a toilet, and a friendly chat. Suggestions: Always be up for a shot of plum brandy – it builds good friendships in these parts.