Photo trip to Transylvania
Between May 23 and May 30, 2016, I was on a photo trip to Transylvania in Romania's mountainous regions.
The tour leader was the photographer Gert Olsson and the guide / interpreter Ildikó Dézsy and the company Innature .
Here comes a brief travelogue, with some of the photos I took.
In Transylvania there is a large Hungarian population, which has retained its culture and language.
Székely was a land of the original population, which has existed in Transylvania for more than 1000 years and has its own blue-yellow flag.
Hungarian culture lives on and they have e.g. opened many Hungarian schools.
Also a large group of Romani live in the area and we met and visited many of them.
Travel day, with late arrival to our stay in the small town of Gheorgheni.
Strolling up the hills south of Gheorgheni. Warm with thunderstorms that crept around us. Our host Tivadar told us about the neighborhood and its philosophy and about the inexplicable terraces in the surroundings.
Tried to capture the bee eaters, but it went ....
An incredibly muddy hike in the salt area near Praid. Slipped around once and the camera got a splash. Fine flower meadows, with very Swedish flora.
Lunch at a nice fish restaurant by a small stream.
Stroll in the medieval world heritage city of Sighisoara, with fine alleys and houses. Passed Vlad Dracula's birth house.
After a morning in the yard where we lived, we left some clothes in the church's soup kitchen, even though it was closed. Then there was some free time in the city in rainy weather. Among other things, sausages were traded in this magnificent sausage shop.
After lunch there was a bus to Borsec (Borszék), a semi-dilapidated health resort with health-giving mineral water sources.
In the evening it was a Catholic procession in Gheorgheni. It was a kind of confirmation celebration for 10-year-olds attending church.
A Catholic priest, who helped many Romanian children, participated in the procession, who is said to be declared saint.
Early start for hiking / photography with guide in the mountains above Lacu Rossi.
Saw fresh bear tracks. Tough hike up to a fantastic viewpoint.
When we were moving, the bus got stuck in the mud.
Went to a lonely farm and looked around. Was invited to look at the home of Mary.
Were at a wonderful Saturday market in Gheorgheni. Fresh Vegetables!
Handed out some clothes to some Romani families.
Visited a dropstone cave with goulash in the open afterwards.
On the way home we stopped at a pasture and took some sunset pictures.
Hot dogs for breakfast! :-)
A rewarding and emotional visit to the Romani village on the outskirts of town. Grateful photo motif, had some children's clothes with us.
In the afternoon we looked at a herb cultivation in a nice old village.
The host Tivadar showed us around the yard, among other things. the special gate and mysterious, ancient stones with supernatural background !.
In the evening we said goodbye to the furry pigs and ate farewell dinner in the company of a large part of the nice host family!