TRANSYLVANIA, RO­MA­NIA

Getaway (South Africa) - - ESCAPE -

Shep­herd­ing is still a com­mon vo­ca­tion in this East­ern Euro­pean coun­try, where the alpine mead­ows of the Carpathian Moun­tains pro­vide rich pas­tures in sum­mer. Flocks are brought down to the vil­lages for win­ter, which sets off a string of shep­herds’ fes­ti­vals – an ex­am­ple of Ro­ma­nia’s deep-rooted cul­tural tra­di­tions, passed down since me­dieval times. Nea Dan, pic­tured here in the vil­lage of Bran, has been a shep­herd all his life – it’s not easy, he told pho­tog­ra­pher Ed­uard Gutescu, and very dan­ger­ous on ac­count of the wild an­i­mals. His only friends, he said, are his six dogs who help pro­tect his flock. Ro­ma­nia has the biggest re­main­ing pop­u­la­tions of wolves, brown bears and lynxes in Europe, and these crea­tures loom large in lo­cal folk­lore. As large as Drac­ula, whose ‘cas­tle’ looms over Bran and is the main rea­son tourists visit. But they re­ally should be com­ing here for the scenery: ‘Any­one trav­el­ling to this re­gion would be amazed by the land­scape, es­pe­cially in au­tumn (Oc­to­ber),’ says Gutescu. This im­age was his en­try in the 2017 Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year con­test. To see more, visit travel.na­tion­al­geo­graphic.com.

the sar­icӑ, is made This ‘in­side-out’ coat, fleece, and is unique of leather and un­spun to the south­ern Carpathi­ans

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