Category Archives: Romania

Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great)

Tweet Romania Month continues with a look at ‘Stefan cel Mare’ (Stephen the Great, ruled 1457-1504), defender of Moldavia, founder of monasteries and total badass. It’s a rare day when a Romanian doesn’t speak this guy’s name, not only because he was the closest thing to a superhero that Moldavia…

The Transfagarasan Road

Tweet Among the many, many, so very many brainless, monumental, money pit projects hatched by former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, only one remains useful and even admired. I speak of the Transfagarasan Road, Romania’s highest asphalt road, winding over the Fagaras Mountains, connecting Transylvania to Wallachia. The road was born,…

Best World Heritage sites in Romania

Tweet Romania Month continues with my picks for the best World Heritage sites. Take a look at the voluminous full list of Romania’s World Heritage sites and you might be tempted to assume that Romania has naked pictures of World Heritage’s sister. They’re everywhere and, more importantly, each one is…

Vlad “Tepes” Dracula, the man, the myth, the floss

Tweet Vlad Dracula was kind of like the Marilyn Manson of historic Romania. He was pretty twisted, but not nearly as twisted as the widely circulated rumors about him suggested, and, of course, he was considered a hero by many – even today (despite poor record sales). Nevertheless, the fifteenth-century…

Romania’s Biertan fortified church

Tweet Welcome to the first post of Romania Month, where I’ll be highlighting some of the country’s more notable attractions, dropping some requisite ‘best of’ lists and shamelessly singing the praises about the soon-to-be-released (June 1st!) greatest Romania guidebook in recorded history. I want to start by drawing attention to…

The Romania and Moldova Travel Guide re-launch

Tweet This is already old news to my Romania pals, but I’d like to take this blogging downtime opportunity to generally announce the recent re-launch of my online Romania and Moldova Travel Guide. The site originally debuted in late 2006, soon after my first thorough Lonely Planet research trip in…

My totally arbitrary, random list of Romania raves for 2009

Tweet I got a teensy weensy bit of good press in Romania last week. Typically when I get called out by the Romanian media, I’m being harangued by someone who has uncovered years old information, skimmed parts of it, absorbed almost none of it, then written a lengthy rebuttal where…

Romania 2009

Tweet I’m off to Romania tomorrow for four weeks and two days of beautiful, summertime, LP research. That’s right, seven days a week, 14 hours a day of pure driving adrenalin, no meaningful conversations and going to bed at 9:45pm. Dude, I am going to have so much… ibuprofen. I…

Romania’s neo-Nazis slam unruly guidebook writer

Tweet There have been few moments in my life that I was more proud of myself than last week when I was denounced and attacked with unimaginative insults by Altermedia, Romania’s neo-Nazi online misinformation delivery vehicle. Having lost representation in Romania’s parliament due to their dwindling numbers (roughly 12), it…

Romania/Moldova lists

Tweet As with my Tuscany lists, I’m doing a random (yet totally definitive and quote-worthy) best/worst overview of this summer’s research trips to Romania and Moldova. One all-encompassing word of warning to start, do not travel here in July or August. Romania has already begun to mirror Western Europe in…

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