Thursday, September 16, 2010

Prince Charles in Transylvania

The Travel section of the Financial Times published, on August 27th, 2010, an interesting article signed by William Blacker about Transylvania:

"When in early 1990 I first went to Transylvania, leaving behind the bright lights of western Europe and adjusting my eyes to the more sober tones of its eastern reaches, I could hardly believe that such a place still existed. In deep winter I crossed the northern Carpathian Mountains and came down, through misty forests and snow-covered roads, into the Middle Ages – or something astonishingly like it. Horses or oxen pulling sleighs occupied the roads, and cows and geese wandered freely. The villagers were dressed in smocks, sheepskin coats and fur hats, and had rough leather strapped to their feet, with woollen cloth wrapped around their calves held in place by thongs; footwear truly from another age, as worn by peasants depicted in ­medieval illustrated manuscripts.

I was just a few hours east of Vienna, but crossing the border into Romania was a journey back in time. I settled there, and for more than 10 years I was fortunate enough to be able to live a rural life that previously I had known only through the pages of a Hardy or Tolstoy novel."

Read the whole article here.

2 comments:

Anatolio Pereverzieff said...

Prezado Klabin!
Saudações amigas desde Brasil.
Cada vez que abro o sitio fico mais rico em informações sobre esta parte do Leste Europeu, tão bem divulgada por vossa pessoa.
anatolio pereverzieff

Anatolio Pereverzieff said...

Todo sítio tem um conteúdo histórico muito interessante!