In Miklsovar, we stayed at Count Tibor Kalnoky’s hunting lodge just outside the village. The hunting lodge was built in the 15th century by Kalnoky’s ancestors.
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Travelling by horse and cart, we went to visit a shepherd camp in the hills behind Miklosvar. The shepherds spend 5 months of the year living in the mountains grazing their flock of about 300 sheep. They milk the sheep by hand three times a day and make cheese from the milk. Shepherd dogs guard the camp from bears and wolves. There are over 8000 bears in Transylvania — more than in all the rest of Europe combined!
I just got back from a trip to Europe where I traveled by train through France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey, following the route of the Orient Express. Perhaps my favourite stop in Eastern Europe was Miklosvar, the Romanian village that time appears to have forgotten. People here live much as they did hundreds of years ago, drawing water from the wells, riding horse and carts, tending to their animals (cows, goats, sheep, chickens…). It’s no wonder big budget Hollywood epics such as Cold Mountain choose to film in this region; the countryside is like something out of a Jane Austen novel, like Western Europe might have looked before the industrial revolution.