Despite years of economic hardship, Romania is fast becoming one of eastern Europe's great final frontiers. Its wealth of National Geographic-quality landscapes - from the rolling hills of Transylvania to the tiny villages of Maramures - makes it a must-see for those in search of unspoiled natural beauty. Equally dazzling are its majestic castles, medieval towns, and its centuries-old churches and monasteries.
Romania: A Visual Journey provides a glimpse of some of the country's amazing sights, both natural and man-made. It aims to give you a taste of long-gone medieval times, as well as proof that it has indeed entered the 21st century, with all that that brings. It hopes to inspire you to visit this vibrant and diverse country before the pressures of modernization and technology begin to chip away at its essence and tourist appeal.
Globetrotting and landscape photography are the twin passions of Canadian award-winning professional travel photographer Howe Sim. His thirst for exotic locales and colorful subjects has taken him to 44 countries on six continents. A perpetual nomad, he is always busy charting out the next adventure ... the more bizarre or unearthly, the better. Howe's work has been featured in National Geographic, Nature's Best, and numerous other respected publications. Some of his images have graced magazine covers and countless others have appeared in calendars, books, and a variety of advertising product lines. His photographs are exhibited in many private and corporate art collections throughout the world. In a mere six years, Howe has amassed a searchable online database featuring over 23,000 images from around the world, one of the Internet's largest collections by an individual photographer.
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