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…

 

 

 

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Romanian faces

Another photo gallery in place: Romanian faces – friends, neighbours, visitors, strangers…

Typing in gloves

First mention of the forthcoming book in this piece, published today in Viitorul Romaniei

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New video links

I’ve now loaded up a few links to videos about Magura and the surrounding area. Some of them are images of the village with no voiceover, some are mini-documentaries in Romanian, and there are a couple of American-voiced Dracula-based vids. If you make or find any good vids, do please let me know and I’ll be happy to post them here.

One of my favourites is the real-time drive from the edge of Zarnesti up to Magura – the road I take every time I need any shopping, or have to head off to Brasov, Bucharest or further afield. I love this road, but it can be a challenge if you’re not concentrating. If you’re thinking of hiring a car for your Magura visit, I’d get a high-wheel based 4×4…

What’s your favourite image here?

Enjoy!

Bear Sanctuary on our doorstep

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Bear Sanctuary on our doorstep

This is Baloo, one of 70 bears who have been rescued and given a 69-acre home in the forest on the edge of Zarnesti (10km from Magura), at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. You can visit (during the summer) any day except Monday, between 9am and 11am. A fantastic chance to see these remarkable animals – European Brown Bears – at close quarters. The 30-40 minute visit will cost you 40 lei (€9/£8). Click on the photo to see their website for the touching stories of the bears, and more information about the sanctuary’s work.

Welcome to the Cloud Appreciation Society, Transylvania

Perched over a thousand metres above sea level, between two mountains, the village of Magura is a cloud spotter’s paradise. I have to go no further than my garden to watch spectacular formations from dawn to sundown, some fleeting, some slowly evolving, always changing, always fascinating. What do you see in these clouds? Can you give them their proper names?

 

Spring kitten

Spring blossom mountain cat

Hobbs in blossom, Magura, Transylvania

Hobbs the mountain cat takes a nano-second’s rest in her Spring leaping among the blossom. The mirabel (corcodus) trees in the garden are in full flower, with bees and other insects going mad with spring fever. It’s infectious: the cats spend a lot of time in the air at the moment, feet touching ground (or branch) only rarely as they fly about in the April sunshine.