Maramures

View from guest house
View from guest house

Our guest house at Maramures is located in a peaceful rural setting apart from the chainsaws, angle grinders and whipper snippers. Hospitality here is exceptionally good.

Open air eating area
Open air eating area
Dinner cooking over the coals
Dinner cooking over the coals

Dinner was in an open air setting

Entree meat balls, soft cheeses, pork fat and tomato with onion bread

Bean soup

Pork goulash

The lightest, fluffiest and tastiest donuts ever with blackcurrant jam

All washed down with Palinka and black currant “cordial”

Folklore group
Folklore group
More dancing
More dancing
Dancing
Dancing
Barsana wooden monastery entrance gate
Barsana wooden monastery entrance gate
New construction Barsana wooden monastery
New construction Barsana wooden monastery
Beautiful grounds Barsana wooden monastery
Beautiful grounds Barsana wooden monastery
Barsana wooden monastery
Barsana wooden monastery
Beautiful grounds Barsana wooden monastery 2
Beautiful grounds Barsana wooden monastery 2
Barsana wooden monastery (washed river stone foundations)
Barsana wooden monastery (washed river stone foundations)
Biblical stories in pictorial form
Biblical stories in pictorial form
Panorama Barsana wooden monastery
Panorama Barsana wooden monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needed a sleep in after last night!

Late start, headed for the local market, plenty of “stuff” to buy from clothing, shoes, manchester and tools. Too late for the animal market. Probably a good thing.

Checked out a modern monastery at Barsana, beautiful wooden buildings and gardens, church with pictorial stories.

Memorial to the opponents of the communist regime, very bleak place.

In a complete contrast we visited the Merry cemetery at Sapanta with colourful wooden headstones with pictures of deceased in their occupations and poems about them (all in Romanian of course)

Memorial to the Communist Resistance prisoners
Memorial to the Communist Resistance prisoners
Letters written by the prisoners
Letters written by the prisoners
Inside the prison
Inside the prison
Individual prison cell
Individual prison cell
Memorial wall and watch tower
Memorial wall and watch tower
Sapanta Merry Cemetery
Sapanta Merry Cemetery
Sapanta Merry Cemetery 2
Sapanta Merry Cemetery 2

Spent a leisurely afternoon in the outdoor area. We have eaten so well the last few days Ewen has survived since breakfast on only one jam pancake.

Railway station at Viseu de Sus
Railway station at Viseu de Sus
One of the steam engines on the Mocanita narrow gauge train
One of the steam engines on the Mocanita narrow gauge train
One of the steam engines on the Mocanita narrow gauge train 2
One of the steam engines on the Mocanita narrow gauge train 2
The line followed the river
The line followed the river
View along the valley from the train
View along the valley from the train
Another view along the valley from the train
Another view along the valley from the train
Our guide enjoying some down time
Our guide enjoying some down time
Big enough oil can ?
Big enough oil can ?
Running repairs
Running repairs
Picnic ground at the end of the line
Picnic ground at the end of the line
Hurry up and get this show on the road!
Hurry up and get this show on the road!
Still transporting timber the old fashioned way
Still transporting timber the old fashioned way

We could not escape Maramures without a ride on the Mocanita narrow gauge railway at Viseu de Sus very close to the Ukrainian border. For the more ardent train fans it was a 1930s vintage steam locomotive that was used to transport timber down the valley. Originally timber was floated down the river, but after a dam burst the train line was built. The 21km ride to the turn around point was supposed to take just over 2 hours. It became pretty evident early on that at the current speed something was amiss and it would be a lot longer (3 hours eventually). Repairs were needed along the way and after much banging and crashing a bearing was suitably adjusted and we continued on our way. Included in the tool set was a most impressive oil can.

The track followed the river most of the way. Still plenty of logging happening here with some unorthodox methods of transportation. A large tractor pulling 10 -15 m logs down the river and smaller pieces being drawn by horse driven carts.

At one point the river narrowed with steep cliffs and caves hidden behind bushes. It was here that the German army had a first aid centre and stored supplies. It was also the point when they planned to ambush the Red army. There was a small museum at the turn around point and a picnic ground.

The return trip took only 90 minutes which was a relief. Sufficiently rocked, rattled and shaken for the complete trip.

There are a few obstacles along the roads in Romania, this cart was one of the smaller ones.

PS  Jenelle is having a love hate relationship with the formatting!!

One of the smaller obstacles along the road
One of the smaller obstacles along the road

2 Replies to “Maramures”

  1. We’re thoroughly enjoying your blogs. Absolutely beautiful photos. Makes one realise how little I know about the world. Your holidays just keep getting better and better.
    love
    Raylee

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