Life in Bucovina
The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
From Maramureș I took another bone rattling journey across the north of the country to Suceava. I wanted to see the painted monasteries of Bucovina, which I had heard are very beautiful.
I took a minibus from Sighet to Gura Humorului, and then a train from there to Suceava. I hadn’t had the pleasure of long distance travel by minibus since being in Albania two years ago, and I had forgotten quite how awful they can be. There never seems to be enough space – even when all seats are taken up, the driver will produce folding seats and sit extra passengers in the aisle. When they are taken up, any more passengers stand up and hang on for dear life.
From Gura Humorului, I took a train to Suceava because I couldn’t quite work out the bus timetable, and on the train, I met this guy…
Life in Crimea
Crimea is a country of striking beauty – rolling, fertile countryside, with fruit farms and vineyards in the centre give way to the forested gorges and rocky escarpments of the mountains as you travel south towards the beaches of the Black Sea. And below the Yaila mountains is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful coastlines in the world.
The Crimean people are a mix which has been determined by their history. The population of 2.5 million (out of a total Ukrainian population of around 50 million) consists of a majority of Russians and Ukrainians, substantial numbers of Tatars, and smaller numbers of Greeks, Armenians, Jews and Karaim……