Walking in Romania: Along the Enchanted Way
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When William Blacker first crossed into the snowy landscapes of northern Romania, he entered a world that many people would hardly have recognised. In just a few short miles he had been transported back centuries to a medieval Europe of flickering candlelight and Romany gypsies, where the remote Transylvanian landscapes still haunted childhood dreams. In his book ‘Along the Enchanted Way’, Blacker describes a world that was disappearing, with gypsy lovers and howling wolves, where the cycles of the seasons slowed to the pace of a lumbering horse and cart.
This fascinating journey follows in his footsteps. Beginning in the foothills of the Gutai Mountains we journey to Blacker’s spiritual home, the village of Breb, near where our adventure begins. During the next few days we will walk among the rolling hills of the Maramures and the beautiful Iza valley and trek through the spectacular highlands of the Rodna Mountains National Park. These are landscapes filled with unique wooden churches and painted monasteries, dark forests filled with bears and wolves and remote Saxon villages that still retain a wonderful sense of feudal Europe.
For Blacker this was a world that offered an escape from the chaos of his modern existence. For us it is one that offers a chance to experience one of Europe’s last remote corners of medieval tradition.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN CLUJ
DAY 2: DAY TRIP WITHIN MARAMURES
DAY 3: TREK THE IZA VALLEY
DAY 4: TREK THE RODNA MOUNTAINS
DAY 5: THE MOLDOVITA VALLEY
DAY 6: THE BICAZ GORGE
DAY 7: EXPLORE HASMAS NATIONAL PARK; DRIVE TO TRANSYLVANIA
DAY 8: EXPLORING VISCRI
DAY 9: WESTERN SAXON VILLAGES
DAY 10: TOUR ENDS IN CLUJ