Autumnal woodland in the Carpathian Mountains...but all those long bus journeys were a bloody pain in the neck. Cue eerie, deathly silence punctuated by the swoosh of tumble weeds in the whistling wind and the distant clanging of a funeral bell…then the shouts of "get off!" just before the bottles start to fly...I’ll get my coat.
When in Rome…except this is Romania. A statue of Romulus and Remus with friendly wolf in Sighiosoara, one of many such monuments dotted across the country, where Romanians pay tribute to their Latin heritage.
Right: Statue of Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes, the sadistic Wallachian aristocrat who provided the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Below: Romanian fishmongers are brutally honest about the quality of their merchandise. Yes, “crap” really is the Romanian for carp
Below: Amazing transformations will take place when you swim in this pool…
Below: Communist era apartment blocks in Cluj
Below: the medieval old town square in Brasov, a legacy of the Saxon occupation of Transylvania – or Siebenburgen (Seven Towns) to give it its German name
Below: Memorial to the struggle against communism (1944-89)in Brasov
Above: Orthodox cathedral, Cluj
Below: the cross at Bran Castle
Below: The legacy of Ceaucescu – one of many abandoned factories scattered throughout the Romanian countryside
Above: Since finding a cat that looks like Hitler in Sarajevo in 2006, it’s been my ambition to trawl Eastern Europe for other felines resembling European dictators. Admittedly the above specimen from the Carpathian mountains looks nothing like Ceacescu, Stalin or Tito, but I like the picture nevertheless