Gypsy Palaces in Huedin

Few places in Romania have a higher concentration of garish gypsy palaces than the little town of Huedin, located just west of Cluj.  The palaces have always struck me as the architectural equivalent of gold grillz and raised trucks—flashy emblems for American proles who want to project a moneyed lifestyle despite earning $30,000 a year. Most people look at such ostentation and shake their heads, including myself. … Continue reading Gypsy Palaces in Huedin

The Potter’s House – Maramures

I’ve always loved Maramures. Known in Romania as a kind of living museum that preserves much of the country’s traditional heritage, this blogger shares a number of photos of the work of Daniel Les, a potter who still makes art the old-fashioned way. If you’ve ever wanted to take a pottery class in Maramures, here’s where to do it. They also operate a small inn … Continue reading The Potter’s House – Maramures