Visiting Romania’s Maramureș County

Playful suggestion of the underlying themes of Maramureș County

Many Romanians vacation in Maramureș, a county in Romania north of Transylviania and south of the Ukrainian border, for the same reasons foreigners do. They are curious to see life as it existed centuries ago. Maramureș is like Pennsylvania Dutch country in the US:  horse-drawn carriages, hand-embroidered clothing, rural crafts, and lifestyles based on agriculture. The crafts are best ... Read Full Article

A Very Merry Romanian Cemetery

some grave markers describe a happy home life at the Romanian cemetery

Death is no laughing matter in most parts of the world. But things are different in Săpânța, Romania, a small village in the northern part of the country close to the Ukrainian border. For the last 80 years, the Merry Romanian Cemetery has opted to make death a source of amusement, even joy, and a snapshot of local life. Visiting a Romanian Cemetery When I visited Săpânța last summer, the ... Read Full Article

Photos from a Summer Week in Maramures, Romaina

The Merry Cemetery is located in Sapanta. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.

  Summer week in Maramures, a beautiful Romanian region where old local tradition is still alive. The wooden churches in Maramures are Unesco heritage sites.  ***** *****  *****  ***** ***** ***** About Guest Contributor, Andrea Albertino:  Born in 1982 close to Turin, Italy, Andrea Albertino earned a Phd in chemistry in 2010 and now ... Read Full Article