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How safe is Transylvania in 2024?

How safe is Transylvania in 2024?

Where is Transylvania? Transylvania is the most important historical region located central Romania, Eastern Europe, known for its picturesque landscapes, its medieval towns and castles, including Bran Castle, associated with the Dracula legend.Transylvania extends...
Gabor Gypsy Music: Resilience and Revival

Gabor Gypsy Music: Resilience and Revival

Origins and History of Gabor Gypsy Music and the impact of Gabor gypsy music on Balkan music Gabor gypsy music has a rich and unique tradition that combines elements of Oriental,  Hungarian and Roma music. Despite facing discrimination and marginalization, Gabor gypsy...
Viscri will never be the same

Viscri will never be the same

With a heavy heart I learned today that Sara Dootz from Viscri has moved into eternity. She was the oldest Saxon lady in the village and for many years she took care of the most picturesque fortified church of Transylvania, opening its gates for tourists. Her...
Hoghilag, Tuberose`s Land

Hoghilag, Tuberose`s Land

Hoghilag is a Saxon established village in the very early 14th century located between Sighisoara and Medias with around 1000 inhabitants today. In the mid XXth century the Saxons, who were at the time the majority of the population, started to plant Tuberose...
Is Transylvania safe for tourists?

Is Transylvania safe for tourists?

Is Transylvania safe for tourists?     Yes it is, and you`ll be surprised to find out that Romania in general and Transylvania specifically are much safer than you expected. I know, it is a bit of paradox here and I will try to explain it as I did for...
Top 3 traditional Transylvanian cakes

Top 3 traditional Transylvanian cakes

Writing this post was not an easy job. There are so many tasty Transylvanian cakes that limiting myself to three was hard. So I have included my personal favorites in no particular order. My strong recommendation is that you should try at least those three your on...
Cycling around Sighisoara

Cycling around Sighisoara

Cycling is one of the best way to discover Sighisoara area. Traveling at your own peace, you can admire some of Europe’s last medieval landscapes with breathtaking views from the top of the rolling hills. You may combine cycling with exploration of countless...
Valea Teilor Monastery

Valea Teilor Monastery

On June 24, 2020, the day of the year when the Romanian Orthodox Church celebrates the birth of Saint John the Baptist I have visited the Valea Teilor Monastery located in Tulcea County, in the far Eastern part of Romania close to Danube Delta. The reason I visited...
5 interesting facts about Romania

5 interesting facts about Romania

Here are  5 interesting facts about Romania that you probably did not know. 1.ASTRA Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization located near Sibiu is the second largest open air museum in the world and the largest one in Europe stretching across 96 hectars. This...
Orthodox Monastery of Sighisoara

Orthodox Monastery of Sighisoara

If you are truly interested in getting “off the beaten tracks”and learning about the local culture of Transylvania, a place I highly recommend visiting is the Orthodox Monastery Sighisoara. Located 4 km outside the town, in a scenic natural area surrounded...
A Story of Love and Life in Romania

A Story of Love and Life in Romania

William Blacker First time when I heard about William Blacker in 2010 I was working with Mihai Eminescu Trust, an NGO patronized by HRH Prince Charles of Wales, William used to be General Manager of this foundation soon after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Even though...
Armenians of Transylvania

Armenians of Transylvania

Dumbraveni Armenian Cathedral Armenians and Jewish are two traditional extraordinary etnic  minorities of Transylvania that have unfortunately disappeared over the XX th century. They left behind a rich culture and some very valuable architectural monuments, mainly...
Transylvania dressed  in autumn

Transylvania dressed in autumn

Transylvania is a sort of a wonderland, being located in Central Europe we have four distinct seasons. Each of them is special and unique. Because Transylvania is the part of Europe with the most archaic and well preserved style of life and traditions every season is...