Hercule’s Bath – Baile Herculane, Romania

According to the most reputable legends, Hercules stopped in the Cerna Valley in southwest Romania to bathe in the hot springs and take a much-needed vacation from his exploits.   During the Roman period in Dacia, Baile Herculane was a leisure spa town renowned throughout the Empire.  Today, vestiges of its 19th century glory days… Read More Hercule’s Bath – Baile Herculane, Romania

Monastical Seclusion – Horezu, Romania

One foggy afternoon in October we turned off the main road that skirts the southern Carpathians and headed straight into the foothills.  Signs directed us to the UNESCO World Heritage Horezu Monastery.   Several kilometers of road dead-ended at a large gate and medieval stone walls.  The monastery and surrounding buildings on the hillside were… Read More Monastical Seclusion – Horezu, Romania

The Saturday livestock market, a timeless affair – Caracal, Romania

Every Saturday, as pink tints the clouds and the sun climbs above the horizon, horse-drawn carts carrying livestock make their way to an open field on the edge of town.  Elderly couples bundle up for the walk which they make every week to reacquaint themselves with family and friends who are also expected to be… Read More The Saturday livestock market, a timeless affair – Caracal, Romania

The Wooden Churches of Maramureș, Romania

Along Romania’s northern border, rolling hills and thick forests clothe the landscape that flows into Ukraine.  This is the region made famous in William Blackers Along the Enchanted Way, recalling a medieval way of live that still exists but is quickly evaporating into the morning fog. One notable architectural feature of this region is the wooden church… Read More The Wooden Churches of Maramureș, Romania

Prejmer Fortified Church, Romania – survivor of the marauding centuries

Memories of my childhood include horrendously glorious adventures walking up castle stairs with no guardrail or peeking over the ledge of an inadequate barrier to a cavernous moat many feet below.  I don’t remember my parents hollering “Stand back!” or “Don’t get so close!”  Being the responsible parents they are, I’m sure they did.  We… Read More Prejmer Fortified Church, Romania – survivor of the marauding centuries