Last weekend a few good friends and I decided to go on a short trip to Maramures – Romania’s northern province, home to some of its most authentic traditions and most unchanged lifestyle.
The initial plan was to take a daytrip on the Vaser Valley train, but we did some research and found out the train only starts running on a daily basis on May 1st, so this was not an option for us. Instead, we decided to do a roadtrip, spend the night as some bed & breakfast and drive around the historic Maramures – the region with many Unesco World Heritage sites, especially the famous wooden churches.
I won’t bore anybody with too many details – I’ll just post some pictures, along with highlights of what I consider the most interesting things about Maramures:
1. The people – one of the most beautiful things about Maramures is that the people, in a larger proportion, preserve the local heritage and follow the traditions, more so than anywhere else in Romania. Here’s a few great pictures:
2. The scenery
3. The architecture
4. The surprises
Coming back to Cluj, we took the backroads, and we came across a fantastic road, and a bridge I never knew existed. The video below says it all:
It was a great trip, the kind of trip that reminds me why I still love Romania. Yes, go visit. If you want details about this itinerary, I’d be happy to answer them.