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

New book about Magura

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My new book, Fericita in Transilvania: drumul din Liverpool in Carpati, will be published by Editura All in mid-November. All about my life in Magura – how and why I came here, and why I’ve stayed – the book tells the story of why an English woman left a world-famous city for a remote mountain village in Romania.

Follow the book blog to find out about the book launch, events, signings, talks, offers, competitions and more.

If you’re searching for the right Christmas present, this might be the solution…

 

 

 

A charming new-old book

The latest of my finds, The Romanian Furrow is Donald Hall’s delightful tale of life and work among peasant families in Transylvania. Written in 1933, at about the same that Patrick Leigh-Fermor was tramping amongst the castles and manor houses of the Carpathians, Hall was working in the fields alongside his hosts, living a thousand-year-old tradition of the seasons and the cycle of natural life. The book deserves to be better known – and is not entirely an echo of a forgotten tradition: even in Magura much of the seasonal cycle still rules families and village life. Attitudes and values remain much the same as they were 83 years ago. The perfect read for travellers who might be Transylvania-bound. Read more…

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Cover of The Romanian Furrow, by Donald Hall (1933)

Spring board

Mother Nature gets her colour palette out… After the warmest February on record, winter came back for another go in April, and again at the start of May, just to tease us. But the cats and I are relishing the splashes of colour amongst the lush green everywhere, even topped by a sprinkling of snow. My favourite time of year.

Mountain Hound to SeaDog

Not set in Magura, but news from a Magura graduate. This is Bertie on sofas… Easter in Wales with my family – and Bertie – who was the star of the weekend.

 

He was brilliant with everyone, especially the kids, who fell completely in love with him within the first nano-second.

Then we went to see friends with dogs, and went for a walk to the sea. It was the happiest hour of Bertie’s life, to date. First there were large open fields, full of skylarks. Bertie – Vicki yelling at him to come back – hurled himself after larks which rocketed up from the spring wheat, drawing him at full pelt across the furrows.

Then… there was the sea. A mountain dog from Central Europe, Bertie flung himself into the salty Bristol Channel as though he were a born seadog. His new friends Bruiser and Button joined in too, and the humans stood and admired their energy.

Sopping wet and deliriously happy, Bertie came flying up to me as if to say thanks for introducing him to this liquid heaven – before he galloped back down for another soaking race along the strand.

Vicki put him back on the lead to thwart any more larking about, and we headed back for warmth and a rub dry for the dogs, crab salad for us.