Romania

Explore Romania, from the crystalline depths of Turda Salida to the birthplace of Vlad Dracula

Street dog in Bran, Romania

10 Things You Might Not Know About Romania

This isn't my first blog about Romania, so it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone when I say again that I absolutely love Romania. Love it. Not just for its touristy sites like Bran Castle and the Transfagarasan, but for its “everything else”.  It's a fascinatin...
Biserica Nasterea Maicii Domnului in Romania

Biserica Nasterea Maicii Domnului

If you actually opened this blog, I'm amazed.  Either you speak Romanian or curiosity just got the better of you.  For those who are wondering, the Biserica Nasterea Maicii Domnului is an Orthodox church in Săpânța on the very same grounds as the Merry Cemeter...
Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, Romania

The Merry Cemetery of Săpânța

He who laughs last, laughs loudest. Clearly the dead can't laugh.  Or can they?  To the Dacians of ancient Romania, death was merely the next step in a long journey, one that didn't necessarily end with the extinction of one's earthly body.  To them, deat...
Arched windows of the Wooden Church of Surdesti, Romania

The Wooden Churches of Maramures

Among the rolling mountains of Maramureș County in the northwestern corner of Romania, nearly a hundred wooden churches dot the countryside.  Constructed primarily of solid oak, the oldest has been standing since 1364. Though they're either Orthodox or Greek-O...
camping in the Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest of Romania

Camping in the Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest

Legends abound about a small patch of woods in the heart of Transylvania called the Hoia Baciu.  Documentaries have filmed its mysterious crooked trees, and photos have captured suspected UFOs hovering over it.  In the center of the forest, nothing will grow i...

Descending into the Turda Salt Mine

If you didn't know where to find the entrance to the Salina Turda salt mine, you'd likely drive right past it.  Capped above ground by a modern glass and steel dome next to a huge parking area, surrounded by small hills dotted with marshy salt ponds, not much ...

Sighisoara, Birthplace of Vlad Dracula

The village of Sighișoara (See ghee swahr' ah) in Transylvania is possibly most well-known as the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, but this charming town of around 30,000 inhabitants is so much more!  Originally a Roman fort, the town was colonized by settlers of G...

A Night In The Mystery Field of Danes

On the morning of August 19th, we woke up in our car in the middle of a strange field.  It had rained all night and was still raining.  From Bâlea Lake to Peleș Castle, north and west to Salina Turda and the haunted forest of Hoia Baciu, rain would be our near...

Photo Highlights of Peles Castle

Cradled in a valley near the town of Sinaia lies Peleş Castle, the ultimate architectural crown jewel of Romania.  Originally designed as a royal palace for Romania's King Carol I and his wife, Queen Elisabeth of Wied, it's relatively young for a European cast...
wedding dress display at Bran Castle in Romania

Bran Castle, A Queen’s Sanctuary

It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play. Bleeding hearts, and dry bones of the churchyard, and tears that burn as they fall, all dance toget...