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

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 in...

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 gee shwahr ah) in Transylvania, Romania is possibly most well-known as the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, but this charming town is so much more!  Originally a Roman fort, the town was colonized by settlers of Germanic descent known...