Cozia Monastery is the place where Vlad’s Opa (Grandfather), King Justus (Mircea the Elder), is buried. It is also the place where the one and only meeting between Vlad and his Oma (Grandmother) took place.
Dracula Chronicles, Book One, Son of the Dragon.
The Oma scene is covered in CHAPTER 8: A Whimsical Gatekeeper, in which the following passage is found:
“Vlad sprang from his bed, grabbed his boots, his mantle, and the Bible, and rushed out of the room. In the courtyard, he joined the stream of monks heading for the church. The snow crunched under dozens of wooden clogs, sounding like crushed walnut shells. He followed the monks into the vestibule, and found it lit only by oil lamps that flickered under icons on both sides of the doorway to the nave.”
Some of my readers are from the south, and while they have certainly seen and touched snow (especially owing to the 2014 Polar Vortex), few might have heard the snow “crunch”. For those readers I included here a recording of steps taken on crunchy snow, so they might better enjoy the reading of the above-mentioned scene. Although the sound might remind you of a wild boar feeding on acorns, I testify it is truly the sound of boots marching on snow. 🙂
Crunchy Snow (recorded by the author in Baileys Harbor, WI, with an iPhone5 at 4 degrees F, or -15 degrees C, February 10, 2014)