From 20-27 May, I was in Romania for work. Transylvania in fact. We all survived without a vampire attack – I didn’t even see a bat.
A highlight was the traditional haystacks in the rural areas. Such a sight! Big, small, solo, in pairs or rows … it really made me want to do a bicycle tour through the countryside capturing all the haystacks and scenery. But that would be almost a death wish – the roads were terrible, like a patchwork of attempted repairs. I will never complain about a rogue pothole again.
It was my first trip to Romania and I hope to go back. The people were extremely friendly and wanted to show us all the country has to offer – even if we were in a conference centre in Cluj-Napoca for the first four days. We then spent two days sightseeing in the Carpathian Mountains, visiting a salt mine; an incredible underground cave system, full of stalagmites and stalactites, where bears lived; a village which has so far held off the destruction of gold mining; and an ice cave. On the final day, we went to an artisans market where I bought a handmade rug for the bedroom.
Here are some visual collections of the week in Romania.
Wishing you a wonderful day.
Below: Scenes from Cluj-Napoca – we were there during the town’s annual festival and a traditional dinner was put on for the conference guests. I love the woman’s skirt, socks and shoes.
Below: The salt mine (containing an amusement park, which was totally unexpected), the ice cave, bear cave and markets.