The aspens will soon be changing to gold in New Mexico, and I’m already missing the short season of green we had here. With lush landscapes on the brain, I thought I’d share a few pictures from a trip I took to Romania this spring with my husband. The leafy mountainsides, leggy evergreens, and winding country roads gave us one of the greenest journeys I’ve ever seen. This was my first time in Eastern Europe and it was such an experience; culturally, I loved the rural areas in the northern region, which felt like stepping back (way back) in time.
Here we have:
A man shepherding his sheep in a beautiful field backed by rich jade hills (above).
The most adorable grandmothers ever, selling farm cheese and sheep’s yogurt at the market. This was my mainstay snack on our hair-raising drives through unbelievable traffic and twisting highways.
Typical walking trail through the woods, ferns, and wildflowers in Transylvania (!).
The Merry Cemetery, with hand painted art and unique folk poems honoring each life, decorating hand-carved wooden headstones.
Corner construction on the primitive wooden churches common throughout the countryside.
Europe’s oldest running narrow gauge steam train.
A Maramureş wooden church, typical of the high timber constructions we saw all over stunning meadows like this one.
Just one example of the incredible hand-painted vernacular artwork covering the walls, floors, and ceilings of the churches.
View from Bran Castle, one of the original inspirations for Dracula!
Streetside in Transylvania; more amazing murals.
One of the lovely bedrooms in the charming old hotels where we stayed—which always featured old-Euro style separate duvets.
Leadlight windows in diamond patterns of red, white, and blue.
Sun hitting a rainbow of pastel homes on a cobblestone street.
My favorite, perfect wildflower meadow.
Clock tower in a historic village, with moving medieval figures who appear upon the chime of the hour.
Rural cemetery in the forest.
More wooden churches, with original frescoes and antique pennants (my husband is an architect so these ancient buildings were big on our sight-seeing list).
Horses and carts, the preferred mode of transportation in the north country, including for families taking children to school—so much fun to see.
Red poppy field.
More extraordinary paintings.
Lighting positive intention candles in the cave below a convent.
A visit to writer, activist, and Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel’s home in Sighet, Transylvania.
A quiet street at night, from the window of our hotel.
The town plaza, with pigeons.
An arched yellow arcade, peeking out onto the town square.