My vision for Transilvania

What follows here is a subjective, ideal scenario for my native region of the world, so if it doesn't sit well with you, read this first sentence again. I was born in a Saxon town in Transilvania called Medwesch. Its name in Romanian is Mediaș and in German, it's Mediasch. However, its name originates from [...]

An evening party

These are photographs taken at a recent evening party held by Christian Rummel at his place in Reichesdorf (Richis) here in Transilvania. Christian worked his way up from apprentice to craftsman and journeyman and is now a master carpenter working out of Reichesdorf. He is in demand all over Southern Transilvania. He was one of [...]

Autumn in our garden

As promised and as has become customary for me every season, here is a gallery of photographs taken in our garden this past autumn. Get a cup of tea and sit down to enjoy them, I've got 293 images for you!

Photos from a recent snowstorm

I know late winter snowfalls are a hassle for most people. I know. Especially after spring seems to have arrived. Having to deal with piles of snow after dealing with it all winter long is not fun for most people. I am not most people. I love winter. I love snow. I love the cold. [...]

Spring fog

We had some lovely fog during this week. Dreamy but driveable, as I call it: enough visibility on the road to see where you were going, with enough atmosphere to make everything seem otherworldly. As I'm wont to do, I gallivanted through the local forests with my camera, enjoying myself. I couldn't do it too [...]

A morning walk through the snow

Some mornings I wake up early. It's not often that it happens. I'm a late sleeper, always have been. But when I do wake up at the crack of dawn and it's snowing outside, I will get out of bed, put on some warm winter clothes, grab my camera and head out for a walk. [...]

The fortified church in Mosna

The village of Moșna, known as Meschen in German and Muzsna in Hungarian, is first mentioned in written documents in 1283, and there is evidence that a settlement existed there since the 1st century AD (source). Moşna was also the home of Stephan Ludwig Roth (1796-1849), a famous Saxon priest, pedagogue and human rights campaigner [...]

The fortified church in Zagar

There is a fortified church in the village of Zagăr, which is located in the county of Mureș, Transilvania. I was not able to find out any information about it online; I don't know why it's not documented. The only thing I was able to find was a mention of the vineyards in the region, [...]

More images from Sighisoara

These were taken in November of 2010, so let's say it was eight years ago or so. Things may look different now -- hopefully better, given how much tourism this little town gets each year. It was one of our typical jaunts through the medieval fortress, along its walls and back down the stairs toward [...]

The fortified church in Hetiur

Hetiur is a small village located between Sighișoara and Tg. Mureș in Transilvania, about 10 km away from the former. Formerly named Hetur and Hetura, known in Saxon as Marembrich and Hungarian as Hétúr, it is a Saxon settlement first mentioned in written documents in 1301. As is typical with settlements in Romania, the place is [...]