On this tour we’ll visit some of the most picturesque regions of Romania where an abundance of people, architecture, landscape, food, animal and other photo opportunities abound.
After a short glimpse of Bucharest, we’ll make our way to the region of Maramures, one of the last truly rural areas in Europe. We’ve timed our trip to put us in this unique part of the country during the “hay season” so we’ll be able to see the locals, young and old, cutting hay with a scythe, piling haystacks many meters high, and transporting the final product by horse drawn carts as has been done for centuries. This region is also famous for its wooden churches so we’ll be sure to visit several of these architectural marvels. We’ll also witness locals cleaning large blankets in a unique “washing machine” powered by the water of the local river. We’ll meet a man who makes traditional hats, and a craftsman building wooden gates that are seen throughout this area. In nearby Sighetu Marmatiei, we’ll visit a local market, as well as a Memorial to the Victims of Communism and learn how Communism came to Romania and the lasting impact that it’s had.
From Maramures we’ll cross the Carpathian Mountains into Bucovina. In this region we’ll visit the world famous painted monasteries in Moldovita and Sucevita, discover the art of meticulously hand-painting eggs, and learn the process of making quality pottery from local clay. The hills and winding roads of Bucovina offer breathtaking landscapes and are a great place to view and photograph the beginning and end of the day, and we’ll be sure you have several opportunities to do just that. On one of our evenings in this area, Ralph will schedule an image review and feedback session for the group so participants can share their images from the trip so far.
Next we’ll explore the often-misunderstood region of Transylvania, where we’ll find charming medieval towns and villages such as Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Viscri. A highlight of this area will be a chance to visit the simple hamlet of a working shepherd and his family, high up in the mountains at the time when they’re herding and milking the sheep. At the end of our visit we’ll have an opportunity to taste some of their delicious homemade cheese and milk products, right on site.
One of the main reasons people travel to Romania is Bran castle, the so-called “Dracula castle,” which is in reality, a wonderful medieval castle set in a picturesque valley. (We’ll learn what is real and what is legend.) We’ll not only get to visit the interior, but also to shoot the castle during the warm evening light from a nearby field with a commanding view from below.
Finally we’ll wind down our tour by spending time in a pleasant hotel set among some of Romania’s most beautiful nature. This area is surrounded by imposing mountains, rolling hills, lush forests, endless haystacks, grazing animals and people of all ages working the fields. We’ll have plenty of free time to explore this area on our own and as a group.
We hope you’ll join Ralph on what is sure to be a unique trip filled with beauty and impressive photo opportunities in Rustic and Rural Romania.
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