Silviu-Florin Salomia

Travel photography and travel writing are my passions and I enjoy exploring the world and seeing the beauty and good in everything. I love creating stories and capturing moments, traveling in search for the best light or simply getting to know beautiful people. I have a PhD in Geography and currently work as a professional event photographer in Romania!

Dumesti Village - Magical Countryside of Romania

Dumești Village – Magical Countryside of Romania

The traveler that has the luck or inspiration of reaching the less known corners of the Apuseni Mountains in Romania will unavoidably uncover a magical world that almost seems frozen in time, far from the bustle of civilization that seems to stop at the foot of the mountains. To reach the village of Dumești, the road follows the idyllic valley …

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Brancoveanu Monastery of Sambata de Sus Romania

Brâncoveanu Monastery in Sâmbăta de Sus

At the entrance gate of the spectacular world of Făgăraș Mountains and their snowy peaks that often disappear into the clouds, where the shady valley of Sâmbăta finally breaks out of the mountain grip, there is a monastery whose name echoes through the time and space of Romanian Orthodoxy. Brâncoveanu Monastery or Sâmbăta Monastery, as it is also known, has …

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The Traditional Rural Civilization Museum ASTRA in Sibiu

The Traditional Rural Civilization Museum ASTRA in Sibiu

An important piece from the soul of the Romanian village has been gathered in the Grove of Sibiu (Dumbrava Sibiului), where one of the largest open-air museums of Romania and Europe has been created many years ago. Along the time, many treasures of the traditional Romanian rural civilization have been saved and brought here, old houses and buildings that form …

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Caldarusani Monastery near Bucharest Romania

Căldărușani Monastery – Spiritual Destinations near Bucharest

The legends say that the monastery of Căldărușani was built over just 100 days in the year 1638, when the ruler of Walachia, Matei Basarab, discovered this idyllic place lost in the depths of the Vlăsia Forest that used to cover a huge surface during those times. Surrounded by the water of Lake Căldărușani and resembling a veritable fortress, the …

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The Museum of Glass Painted Icons of Sibiel

The Museum of Glass Painted Icons in Sibiel

A true temple of Romanian religious rural art from past centuries can be found in the charming village of Sibiel, located just 20 km from the city of Sibiu and part of the Mărginimea Sibiului ethnographical area. One of the richest and most beautiful collections of glass painted icons in the world, it presents a world filled with authentic beauty …

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100 Interesting Facts about Romania

100 Interesting Facts about Romania and Romanians

1.  Romania is a Latin country and Romanian is a Romance language. 2.  Romania is located at the crossroad of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. 3.  The ancestors of the Romanians are considered the Dacians, which after assimilating the conquering Romans and under the influence of migratory populations (mainly Slavs), created the Romanians of today. 4.  The name of Romania …

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Romania through the eyes of artists

Romania through the Eyes of Artists

There are many ways to experience a travel destination, but to truly understand a place, one has to go beyond the usual surface and immerse into the atmosphere and character, into the local culture and its characteristics, into the customs and traditions of a country. Among the most experiential and fascinating destinations in this world, Romania has gained its well-deserved …

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Short History of Romania

Short History of Romania and the Romanians

Romanians see themselves as descendants of the Dacians, who lived in the Carpathians Mountains and the Transylvania Plateau over 2 millennia ago, and the Romans who conquered most of these regions at the beginning of the 1st century AD. From this shared ancestry and passing through many major migratory influences, the most important being the Slavic element, the Romanian nation …

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Best Time to Visit Romania

What is the Best Time to Visit Romania?

Although visiting Romania is always a great idea, there are actually certain things to consider regarding the time of year a traveler would visit. Weather is actually a big factor in the overall travel experience and everyone wishes to only have wonderful days with nice temperatures and clear skies. Romania has a temperate-continental climate, with four distinct seasons that can …

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Danube Delta of Romania – The Paradise of Water, Birds and Fishermen

A unique land of Europe, where life takes new coordinates and people are simple spectators of a show that nature bestows with each moment and season. Through hidden canals and over lakes full of life, traveling in the Danube Delta of Romania is an experience that cannot be explained or reproduced. It is a carousel of emotions and feeling that …

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Rupea Fortress in Romania – Historical Heritage of Romania

Enveloping a tall hill like the shell of a giant snail, the ramparts of Rupea Fortress dominate the surrounding region in southeastern Transylvania, some 50 km north from Brașov, on the way to Sighișoara. Travelers can spot the imposing silhouette of the stronghold from afar, located close to the European road that passes next to the village of Rupea. The …

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Fortified Churches of Transylvania – Cultural Heritage of Romania

The fortified churches of Transylvania are dotting the idyllic countryside in the south of this historical and legendary region, a unique legacy from the troubled medieval past of the region. Once, over 300 of these rural architectural jewels adorned the villages of Transylvania, guarding over their small communities as spiritual beacons and safe retreats. Built between the 13th and 16th …

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Enisala Fortress – Lonely Stronghold by the Black Sea

A solitary and winding road goes towards the lake that was once part of the Black Sea, reaching the Enisala Fortress that used to watch the commercial roads from its heights. Most likely built Genovese merchants during the 14th century, it is built on top of a rocky hill, a short distance from the village of Enisala. There was a …

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Traveling by train in Romania

Traveling by Train in Romania

Romania has one of the most dense and extensive railway networks in the world, although the quality of the system still needs improving. Most of the cities and towns of Romania can be reached by train, with plenty of trains also reaching the countryside areas. The national railway carrier is called CFR (Căile Ferate Române), the company running most of …

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Airports of Romania

International Airports of Romania – Flying to Romania

Visiting Romania can be one of the most fascinating experiences anyone could have. Nevertheless, many travelers have little idea how to get here in the first place. Seeming such a distant and different place is a common misbelief and the truth is that Romania is relatively easy to visit. There are plenty of international airports in Romania to make traveling …

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Sohodol Gorges in Romania – The Valley of Sohodol in Romania

The Sohodol Gorges are a land apart, a unique space trapped in time that charms and amazes each time; no matter how many times one enters its fascinating universe. And the Sohodol River is quite the capricious: digging for thousands of years through the mountains, it has created a unique and magnificent landscape, entering under the rocks and re-emerging elsewhere …

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Fundatura Ponorului

Fundatura Ponorului – Hidden Rural World of Romania

There are places where those who enter come out as different people, having left something of their soul in that place and taking a piece of its atmosphere with them forever. Mostly unknown to even Romanian travelers, the country has some corners of heaven hidden deep between the mountains. There, time and space are only relative concepts and one can …

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Bucharest Old Town – A journey through the heart of Bucharest

It’s difficult to imagine the former glory of the Bucharest Old Town, hidden beneath all the shiny new storefronts or eaten away by the relentless passing of time. There’s an almost eerie feeling wandering around the lifeless cobblestone streets on a Sunday morning. At times, you can still sense the soul of this eclectic and fascinating area of Bucharest. It’s …

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Tismana Monastery – Most Enchanting Monasteries of Romania

A place enveloped in a fascinating aura at the limit between spirituality and magic… Tismana Monastery evokes myths and legends that deeply resonate inside your soul. The wooded crests of Vâlcan Mountains are divided by the river, forming an enchanting valley that descends from the mountains. A majestic peak overlooks to the east, while the monastery of Tismana itself rises …

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Bigar Waterfall in Romania – The best waterfalls of Romania

Bigar Waterfall, an enchanted place that was brought in the highlight several years ago, when it was voted by a website as the most unique waterfall in the world. Biased or not, this was the starting moment on the road to becoming one of the top travel destinations in Romania. While it might not be the highest, largest or most …

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