Fishy patterns on the hills

Snow melting in bright sun today. Fierce winds blowing from the north, but blue skies offer hope of a returning Spring.

The patterns of the melting snow remind me of shagreen – shark skin to be made into objects d’art. A green leopard shark, perhaps, or a coral reef-dwelling fish. Beautiful!

New tourist train set to travel through Transylvania this summer

If you’re thinking about coming to Transylvania this summer, here’s a treat to think about.

The trip is from August 31-September 3rd. You can contact the tourist agency, Globe 365-Travel Boutique, at this email office@globe365.ro   Their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Globe365.ro/posts/784263498423039

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If you want to visit Transylvania in a slow pace, a tourist train is set to travel at the end of August through Transylvania.

Visitors will be able to visit Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Fagaras. The train is called Transylvania train and it is reserved only for tourists. The tour starts in Brasov and stops for a few days in Medias and Sibiu.

The tour is meant to introduce tourists into the atmosphere of Transylvanian traditions and experiences. The tour has a flexible schedule and has plenty of activities, such as wine tasting, workshops, live demonstrations and picnics.

The train has a bar-bistro and the rest of the wagons have chairs and tables. There are 180 places available.

The tour is set as such-

Day 1– Leaving Brasov 9.30 a.m.

10. a.m. Travelling to Archita

12.30 Visiting Cloastef, Meserdorf, Viscri and Crit villages

1.30 Lunch at the Haferland tower

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Cats behaving badly

I don’t trek down to the town very often, so coming home with bags of shopping is one of life’s highlights for Buster and George.

Sometimes they get thoroughly overexcited

In limbo, longing for Spring

We’re not there yet… March is a limbo month: the winter snows have gone but the new grass and the colours of Spring are still waiting below ground, waiting waiting for the sun to warm the earth and give the signal to begin the growing season. But soon, soon!

Just another Magura sunset

One of the things I love about being here is the clouds. Are you a cloud-watcher too? The sort of person who looks for shapes in the clouds, luxuriates in the colours and textures, is happy leaning on a fence and watching for ages? What do you see in tonight’s offering?

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Icy white Carpathian January

Forget frost – this is the real Transylvanian, Carpathian, Central European start to the New Year… Hard winter, knee deep powder, frozen pipes, icy fingers, cats by the fire, sun making diamond dust of the snow… Happy New Frozen Year!

Launch date for my new book

Book cover, Din Liverpool in Carpati, Arabella McIntyre-Brown, TransilvaniaPut the date in your diary! Gaudeamus Book Fair at Romexpo, Bucharest: Saturday 19 November, at 5pm (1700 hrs) is the moment when my new book is  launched on the world. Come and join us! We have one or two lovely surprises for the launch itself, and of course I’ll be there all day to sign your copies (one for you, lots more for Christmas presents…). Meet some of the people from the book and sample a taste of Magura’s English corner.

The book is available from the start of Gaudeamus, which runs from 16-20 November, so if you can’t get there on the Saturday, don’t worry – the book will be waiting for you. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.