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Maramures & Bucovina
villages and traditions

There are two regions in northern Romania untouched by the passing of time, almost unchanged for hundreds of years. They lie at the footstep of the Carpathian Mountains, surrounded by amazing forests, home of an ancient wood culture. The local craftsmen are among the best in the country and this can be seen at a simple visit in those villages.
Maramureș is the land of the wooden churches, hundreds of years old and built with amazing craftsmanship. Although every village has its own church, the eight most beautiful ones are included in Unesco World Heritage: Bârsana, Ieud, Poienile Izei, Budești, Șurdești, Plopiș, Desești and Rogoz. Besides the beautiful churches and the picturesque villages, Maramureș means people. Hard working, warm and welcoming, the people here are the most hospitable in Romania. They’ll invite you in their house for drinking „horinca”, a traditional alcoholic beverage, whether you’re an old friend or a stranger from the street. The traditional architecture, emblematic landscape, local traditions, local craftsmen and the most welcoming people, make Maramureș one of the most beautiful rural areas of Romania.
Bucovina is the land of the painted monasteries, dating from the 15th century onwards, that have an unique aspect given by the mural paintings which adorn the exterior walls. Full of color and with a specific architecture, some of them fortified like small citadels, these monasteries are surrounded by areas of great beauty. Eight of the monasteries in Bucovina are included in the Unesco World Heritage, the most spectacular of them being: Moldovița, Sucevța, Voroneț, Arbore and Humor. The land of Bucovina also offers a specific brand of local architecture, an exceptional landscape, the tradition of painting Easter eggs and many other peasant crafts.
A journey to Maramureș and Bucovina is a journey back to traditions that are hundreds of years old, to a simple, but not an easy way of life of this peoples who always knew how to live in harmony with nature.

Photographic highlights:

+ rural landscape with villages and mountains in the background
+ traditional wooden churches and painted monasteries
+ traditional life and crafts
+ friendly people open to the camera

Best period: mai - october (winter can be also interesting for traditions and landscape)
Recommended number of days: 8-10
Recommended number of participants: 6-10

What we offer:

+ local photographer with an experience of more than 8 years in leading photography courses, workshops and photo tours in Romania and all over the world (english speaking)
+ accommodation at local guesthouse
+ delicious traditional food
+ transportation with minibus and fuel
+ airport transfers

For a detailed schedule and a price estimation please feel free to contact us. We are open to any suggestion and of course we can arrange longer photo tours which can cover the main photographic attractions of Romania.



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