Mocanita Mariuta 2 in Romania ~ photo by Claudiu Gîlmeanu an old type of train still used in mountain areas.

There's something nostalgic about trains. Seeing the local sights for a day - or seeing more of the country (or another) on an overnight train is a great opportunity to learn about history.

Headstone from the Marry Cemetery - Sapinta, Maramures, Romania. The unique cemetery is famous for its colorful tombstones decorated with naïve paintings and short original folk rhyming descriptions of the people buried there and of scenes from their lives. www.romaniasfriends.com

Headstone from the Marry Cemetery - Sapinta, Maramures, Romania. The unique…

The Merry Cemetery (Romanian: Cimitirul Vesel) is a cemetery in the village of Sãpânta, Maramures county, Romania,that is famous for its colourful tombstones with the native paintings that represent scenes from the life of the buried persons and even poetry in which those persons are described.

The Merry Cemetery (Romanian: Cimitirul Vesel) is a cemetery in the village of Sãpânta, Maramures county, Romania,that is famous for its colourful tombstones with the native paintings that represent scenes from the life of the buried persons and even poetry in which those persons are described.

Maramures. Church from Surdesti, UNESCO, www.romaniasfriends.com

Start your day in Maramures. Here you can find the Church from Surdesti, not long ago the highest one from this region.

Grave marker in the Romanian village of Sapanta, in Maramures County.

Grave marker in the Romanian village of Sapanta, in Maramures County.

Grave marker in the Romanian village of Sapanta, in Maramures County.

Grave marker in the Romanian village of Sapanta, in Maramures County.

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