Romania’s Calata Region: Quaint Villages and Ancient Churches

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  In western Romania, between the city of Cluj and the town of Ciucea, is an area of gentle hills and winding roads, of sunflowers and storks, quaint villages and ancient churches. Called Calata in Romanian, it’s known as Kalotaszeg to the ethnic Hungarians who form the majority of the population, and who continue to practice age-old handicrafts and customs. Agri-tourism thrives here, with ... Read Full Article

Turda, Romania: Religious Freedom and a Pinch of Salt

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Turda, Romania, is a smallish town with larger-than-life tourist attractions. These include a big salt mine, a church where one of Europe’s first edicts on religious freedom was signed, and an over-the-top hotel that capitalizes on clichés about Transylvania, the region where the town is located. Visiting Turda’s disused salt mine is a bizarre experience. You walk through passages and chambers ... Read Full Article