Christmas in Romania – Part 4: Mocanita Steam Train

Christmas in Romania – Part 4: Mocanita Steam Train

Mocanita from Viseu de Sus is the most famous narrow gauge train using a steam engine in Romania and the only one in Europe still in use. Mocanita Steam Train is also the only way to access Vaser Valley, a mountainous area, with century old forests, mostly untamed due to a complete lack of transport infrastructure and human settlements. Continue reading “Christmas in Romania – Part 4: Mocanita Steam Train”

Christmas in Romania – Part 3: Maramures

Christmas in Romania – Part 3: Maramures & Traditions

While in Maramures, we visited a few traditional landmarks, happenings, and people: The Merry Cemetery at Sapanta, Traditions Festival in Sighetul Marmatiei, Ieud Monasteries, the famous wood carvings of Mos Pupaza, and Ples Folk Museum. Continue reading “Christmas in Romania – Part 3: Maramures”

Christmas in Romania – Intro

Christmas in Romania: Intro

This winter I escaped to my hometown of Brasov, Romania for the holidays and it was everything I could have asked for: family, food, dancing, walking, and more food.

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I could have used a bit more snow but the good part about not having much snow was that we were able travel around the country. I had the opportunity to travel to Maramures, the northwestern corner of Romania, where traditions are kept alive to this day by the locals. Continue reading “Christmas in Romania – Intro”