When Andi and Paul from Followourmotorhome said ‘We’re going on a steam train, do you wanna come” we said “Yeah, why not.” In the northern most part of Romania in the Maramures region the Mocanita steam train takes you up in the mountains right to the top – well that’s what we thought. Click here to view the video.
Well, what a delight. When Ms Moneypenny suggested we go and see some monasteries I must confess to rolling my eyes up but I shouldn’t have done because they were rather nice. Watch out for her monastery eguide coming soon but for now here’s a little vid I put together to whet your appetite.
Did you know that the Danube is the second longest river in Europe, second only to the Volga? Its source is in Germany and it runs through Austria, Slovaki, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine until its final destination at the Delta on Romania’s east coast . Now that’s one hell of a game of Pooh Sticks!
The Delta (Delta Dunarii) is listed as a World Heritage Site is an ecological delight with huge rivers, lakes, dunes and swamps. Bird watching is a joy here and the villages around the Delta is full of charm and character with their highly painted homes and thatch cottages. This must definitely go on the Romanian ‘To Do’ List.
High up in the mountains above Shipka on the Shipka pass in Bulgaria stands a dilapidated relic of communist Russia’s dominance. Used in its hey day as a socialist assembly centre it is now a sorry sate of it’s former glory.
Nice people the Bulgarians. Lovely in fact but they’re not right in the head. I’m so glad I’m still alive… No really.. I AM…