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Breb, Romania

An incredible part of the world. The village of Breb and surrounding areas. Village life and travel information for Breb Maramures. We came here by chance in 2013, in 2018 we’re still wanting to call this village home, still staying here whenever we can, still hanging out with the locals and our friend Penny at The Village Hotel Breb. Come, you’ll love it here.

Dinner at the Sheep Station. Sheep Farming and Romanian Shepherds in Maramures

Before approaching the sheep station we had to take precautions, the Romanian sheepdogs (AKA Romanian Shepherds) would be loose so we had to call the shepherd (human) to meet us and make sure the dogs didn’t see us as a threat to their family or flock. These dogs can take down bears and wolves, and …

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The Ploughing Festival Hoteni, (The Tanjaua) Maramures

Every May, the Tânjaua the spring ploughing festival, is held in the village of Hoteni, Romania. In 2018 was held on 17 th May 2018.  (see video below)  I’ll find out the date for 2021 as soon as I can. The villagers, all in traditional summer costume, process and leap through the village to glorify the …

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January in Breb. Life in the Freezer

We’ve been waiting for this. When we first had the idea of basing ourselves in Romania, locals told us winter temperatures can easily drop to -25C. We checked online, we couldn’t find any records of temperatures that low, so we kind of didn’t believe it but wanted to find out what winter weather in Maramures …

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Lunch in the Tuica Shed. Making Tuica in Maramures

Tuica in Maramures is big news. Our village, Breb, is full of fruit trees. The hills roll on for mile after mile, each a patchwork of narrow strips owned by individual families. Some grow grass for winter hay, some potatoes, cabbages, carrots, tomatoes and beans, but most grow fruit. In the harsh winters nothing grows …

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The Haystacks of Maramures. Hay Making in Breb

Haystacks are an unmistakable icon of Maramures. You will see them here all year round, punctuating the landscape on white, brown or green fields. For haystack lovers, and I count myself as such, you want to be in Maramures at this time of year to watch just one of the annual traditional processes going on. …

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Breb Maramures (Living in a Magical Village in Romania)

In the far north of Romania, nestled in a valley below a long-extinct volcano, lies the little village of Breb Maramures County. We first came to Romania, Maramures and Breb in May 2015 and fell in love. Today, we are still unable to fully call it home due to visas and officialdom, but to us, …

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The Horse & Animal Market at Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania

Living in Breb, Maramures County Romania, we visited the monthly animal and horse market at Sighetu Marmatiei more than once. It was quite a thing to see but not without drawbacks. This isn’t a post for vegans. Animals and livestock are vital for human survival in this part of the world and market day can …

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A Village in Rural Romania

What do you imagine Romania is like? I’ll stake cash that you wouldn’t imagine the rural paradise we’ve found ourselves in. Fate has brought us to a village in rural Romania, Breb, in Maramures. It’s quite possibly the most beautiful, unspoiled place I’ve ever been. Maramures is the county in the north of Transylvania tight on …

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