The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina in Romania

2 August 2018 | Places

I’ve been a regular visitor to Romania in recent years. Mauren and I were in Bucharest and Transylvania in 2014 and enjoyed it so much, particularly the beautiful Saxon villages of Transylvania, that we returned with a bunch of London friends for a second look in 2015...

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Backpacking with Dracula – and visiting Transylvania

15 May 2016 | Media

A former Lonely Planet author Leif Pettersen worked on the Lonely Planet Romania guidebook and it’s pretty clear Count Dracula got his fangs in to Leif at some point. Backpacking with Dracula, available on Amazon as an ebook, supplies way more information on Transylva...

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Bucharest in Surprising Romania

25 May 2014 | Places

I’ve never been to Romania before (it was on my list) so the Global Heritage Fund project project in Transylvania, which I wrote about exactly a year ago, was a good reason to plan a visit. But first I stopped in Bucharest for a couple of days. Poor Romania has had...

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Along the Enchanted Way – living in Romania

14 January 2014 | Media

William Blacker heads off to Romania soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the violently ignominious end of the Ceaușescus. It’s often speculated that North Korea’s dynastic dictatorship may come to an equally surprising and rapi...

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Transylvanian Villages in Romania

22 April 2013 | Culture

I’ve recently joined the board of Global Heritage Fund – my trips last year to the amazing ruins of Banteay Chhmar in Cambodia and earlier this year to the Lost City, Ciudad Perdida, in Colombia were both to GHF sites. GHF are launching a new project, to protec...

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