To my list of favourite places in Europe I can now add Maramures, in the northwestern corner of Romania. I spent a few days wandering around in this very traditional, and very pretty, part of the country. Life still revolves around going to church and growing food; right now everyone's busy cutting hay (mostly by hand) in the he mountain meadows. Old ladies still wear traditional costumes and the tractor has yet to replace the horse and cart. But I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking...
A family on their way to cut hay in a mountain pasture
Hay drying in the hills
Competing churches in Botiza village
A monastery near Botiza village