Over half term we went to Romania. Apparently, I was actually supposed to be at university – oh dear!

Anyway, not a lot I could do about that by the time I realised (well, nothing that wouldn’t have ended in divorce, anyway!), so off we went… and had a terrific time.

We stayed in Bucharest but went out into the countryside on a full-day tour while we were there. My husband’s eyes literally rolled as I got very excited to be crossing the 45th parallel on our journey, which is exactly half way between the North Pole and the Equator. I think they could have made a bit more of it, though, as ‘blink and you’d miss it’, as they say! Our tour guide was terrific – and as a geography graduate he made sure we didn’t miss it!


Romania is the only place I’ve ever been where the culture is a true blend of so many others – Roma, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, German and Austrian to name a few. Of course, many other countries have felt the influence of various invaders leaving their marks over the years, but I got the impression that it is the very fact that the Romanian people identify themselves with such a variety of different cultures that makes them unique.

Here are some views of this beautiful country (although we didn’t actually see the bear!):

Bran Castle – home of Vlad the Impaler, whom Bram Stoker based Count Dracula on




Rush hour

The Danube Delta

Decebalus Statue

Brown bear

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