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. Experiences of visiting a typical Maramures sheep station with Penny of The Village Hotel Breb. Life in Romania. He … [Read more...]
An incredible part of the world. The village of Breb and surrounding areas. Village life, local festivals and events and travel information. You can read about the ploughing festival in neighbouring Hoteni, our freezing winters when taps freeze and temperatures dip to -25 C or see how and why our villagers make the famous Maramures haystacks. What of the rest of Romania? We've made it a mission to give you as much information on travel in Romania as we can. So want to read about skiing near Breb, Dracula, salt mines? We're adding content fast.
We came here by chance in 2013, in 2018 we're still wanting to call this village home, still hanging out with our friend Penny at The Village Hotel Breb. Come, you'll love it here. We're still looking for a house for sale in Breb to use as a base.
Brexit may stop us and buying real estate in Breb is a complex process so for now we just spend as much time in Breb ( which is in Maramures, NOT Transylvania) as we can. We are a very large professional travel blog. We love sharing the world with our readers, nowhere more-so than Breb.
Where to Stay in Breb?
We always recommend The Village Hotel Breb because it's run by our friend Penny and she's an absolute diamond. It's also the cutest little collection of traditional houses, in a peaceful spot with a stream and birdsong. It's special. See The Village Hotel Breb here on Trip Advisor, or see their own website and contact them direct here. There are plenty of other accommodation options in Breb. We have a hostel, a camp site and plenty of pensions and hotels, see them all here. (This booking engine will find you the best deal available across multiple booking engines, including Booking dot com and Hotels dot com )
Take a look at our Breb archive below. Life in the village in every season, see if you'd like to visit or just learn more from these pages.
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 2019 as soon as I can. The villagers, all in traditional summer costume, process and leap through the village to glorify the first ploughing of the fields. It's something not to miss in Maramures … [Read more...]
We've had a fantastic time skiing here in Romania, the kids took a few private 1 on 1 lessons while Chef and I were free to head up the mountain. Being child-free is a pretty new experience for us, as full time child-wranglers and educators, it kinda rocked! After a short time the kids were able to join us on the big slopes and it was so much fun. Skkiing in Romania is cheap … [Read more...]
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 was like. January in Romania generally means a blanket of snow. … [Read more...]
We mention " our village in Romania" all over this website, well our village has a name, it is Breb. It is in the very far north, in the County of Maramures, directly above Transylvania and below Ukraine. We've been coming and going from Breb for over 2 years now and to us it is home. I've set this page up to help a friend. The very lovely Penny runs The Village Hotel. It's the … [Read more...]
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 and villagers rely on their stores of preserved fruit, vegetables and meat. What fruit … [Read more...]
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. June brings long hot days and the armpit-deep meadow grass is ready for … [Read more...]
Homeschooling, doesn't officially exist in Romania. As far as I know it's not actually illegal, it just doesn't exist, all children must go to school. My research is hampered by the language barrier, so please correct me if I'm wrong, I'd love to hear about families homeschooling in Romania and I know that some do exist. We've spent a lot of time in Romania over the last 2 … [Read more...]
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, it feels like home. It's the place that after 50+ countries and 6 years of full-time … [Read more...]
This isn't a post for vegans. Animals are vital for human survival in this part of the world and market day can be brutal. Living here, seeing lambs and kids born to be eaten within weeks at Easter has pushed me to veganism already, but it's just the way it is. People have to survive and that means meat and farming. For the villagers of northern Romania it also means horses. … [Read more...]
Winter has done its worst and the mercury is starting to hit positive numbers during the short days here in the remote mountains of Romania. This area is beautiful, harsh, inspiring and difficult and it's where we choose to be. Why, when we could live anywhere in the world, do we choose to spend winter in Romania where temperatures dip to -25C, snow and ice lie thick for … [Read more...]
Our lifestyle isn't conventional. We travel and have done for over 2 years now, we do unusual things like falling in love with Romanian village life and buying houses in rural Romania, some people think we're crazy, but that's cool. Sometimes I think we're crazy too. Yesterday I reshared an old post, a reader had asked "What do you do all day?" We were on Ko Phangan … [Read more...]