Visiting Romania

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Maramures, a valley in Northern Transylvania, totally surrounded by mountains, is probably the most traditional area of Romania. It’s said to be “one of the last places where rural European medieval life remains intact”. I have been thinking a lot before writing this, and I would have loved to agree, to add to its reputation of remote villages steeped in customs and history. We used to joke that nothing has changed here in the last hundred of years. Not anymore. Today it is a land of…

Maramures, a valley in Northern Transylvania, totally surrounded by mountains, is probably the most traditional area of Romania. It’s said to be “one of the last places where rural European medieval life remains intact”. I have been thinking a lot before writing this, and I would have loved to agree, to add to its reputation of remote villages steeped in customs and history. We used to joke that nothing has changed here in the last hundred of years. Not anymore. Today it is a land of…

Outstanding scenery, beautiful walks along the river Isa and up in the hills, through the forests or to local villages, visits to historical wooden churches, museums, traditional festivals and also many shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs are awaiting visitors. Nature lovers won’t be disappointed, as the huge, unspoilt, dense forests high in Carpathian Mountains are still populated by wolves, wild boars, bison, chamois and lynx.

Outstanding scenery, beautiful walks along the river Isa and up in the hills, through the forests or to local villages, visits to historical wooden churches, museums, traditional festivals and also many shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs are awaiting visitors. Nature lovers won’t be disappointed, as the huge, unspoilt, dense forests high in Carpathian Mountains are still populated by wolves, wild boars, bison, chamois and lynx.

Delicious on crust bread or even as a topping on rice for a quickie vegetarian meal. It is also excellent as a sandwich spread. This recipe is for a large batch intended for canning. You can cut it back if you want a smaller batch for immediate consumption.

Delicious on crust bread or even as a topping on rice for a quickie vegetarian meal. It is also excellent as a sandwich spread. This recipe is for a large batch intended for canning. You can cut it back if you want a smaller batch for immediate consumption.

Many writers have embellished the Bram Stoker novel – Dracula – by claiming that before writing he spoke to experts on Transylvanian history and culture. Stoker’s actual novel was incredibly inventive: many of the motives behind the storylines into the book were not based on his research on local legends and it seems that he was scarcely aware of the folklore, history and geography of Transylvania, whatever the extent of Stokers’ knowledge of Vlad the Impaler and vampirism. Despite the…

Many writers have embellished the Bram Stoker novel – Dracula – by claiming that before writing he spoke to experts on Transylvanian history and culture. Stoker’s actual novel was incredibly inventive: many of the motives behind the storylines into the book were not based on his research on local legends and it seems that he was scarcely aware of the folklore, history and geography of Transylvania, whatever the extent of Stokers’ knowledge of Vlad the Impaler and vampirism. Despite the…

The summer after my first full-time job supplied (barely) the dollars for an airline ticket, I headed to Europe. That was many years ago, but the idea of travel being the reward for work never died. Somewhere along the way, as the destinations became more remote and thus, more expensive, I decided to try supplementing both my income and trip experiences with travel writing. It was a natural fit. While naming a single country as my favorite has proven impossible, Romania would certainly…

The summer after my first full-time job supplied (barely) the dollars for an airline ticket, I headed to Europe. That was many years ago, but the idea of travel being the reward for work never died. Somewhere along the way, as the destinations became more remote and thus, more expensive, I decided to try supplementing both my income and trip experiences with travel writing. It was a natural fit. While naming a single country as my favorite has proven impossible, Romania would certainly…

1. Dracula was a real person.    Count Dracula is a fictional character in Bram Stocker’s Dracula. Inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, VladTepes (Vlad the Impaler), but still a fictional character.

1. Dracula was a real person. Count Dracula is a fictional character in Bram Stocker’s Dracula. Inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, VladTepes (Vlad the Impaler), but still a fictional character.

If ever you’re in Bucharest wondering where’s the best restaurant to try something different, exciting, something you never had before, I am really happy to say I can help you. Have you ever tried any gourmet specialities like “balls pork”, “tiga chicken”, “butcher brain with ham and mushrooms” or “chicken escalope bladed”? Well, I guess you haven’t.

If ever you’re in Bucharest wondering where’s the best restaurant to try something different, exciting, something you never had before, I am really happy to say I can help you. Have you ever tried any gourmet specialities like “balls pork”, “tiga chicken”, “butcher brain with ham and mushrooms” or “chicken escalope bladed”? Well, I guess you haven’t.

Romania is a difficult place to explore even for the most hardened traveller, none the less it is a truly captivating country with an incredible amount to offer from the hustle and bustle of the lively capital, Bucharest, to the virtually untouched parts of its beautiful countryside and their charming medieval towns.

Romania is a difficult place to explore even for the most hardened traveller, none the less it is a truly captivating country with an incredible amount to offer from the hustle and bustle of the lively capital, Bucharest, to the virtually untouched parts of its beautiful countryside and their charming medieval towns.

Officials of ‘Pecica’, a village located in the country’s west about 13 miles from the Hungarian border, have had enough of drivers running over drunken citizens minding their own business late at night in the middle of the street, struggling to cross or simply having a well justified nap. So 10 bright red signs reading “Drunk Citizens” have been ordered and manufactured in an attempt to save some lives.

Officials of ‘Pecica’, a village located in the country’s west about 13 miles from the Hungarian border, have had enough of drivers running over drunken citizens minding their own business late at night in the middle of the street, struggling to cross or simply having a well justified nap. So 10 bright red signs reading “Drunk Citizens” have been ordered and manufactured in an attempt to save some lives.

You might remember the 10 bright red attention drunks road signs, which showed a person crawling on their knees while clutching a bottle in one hand, that had been erected in popular nightspot areas close to the Pecica’s bars and restaurants. Sadly, because of the “extensive media coverage” that followed, the local council decided to change them, with motorists now seeing signs warning of “other dangers” in the village.

You might remember the 10 bright red attention drunks road signs, which showed a person crawling on their knees while clutching a bottle in one hand, that had been erected in popular nightspot areas close to the Pecica’s bars and restaurants. Sadly, because of the “extensive media coverage” that followed, the local council decided to change them, with motorists now seeing signs warning of “other dangers” in the village.


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