About the Book
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.
Howe Sim is an award-winning commercial travel photographer whose portfolio spans 67 countries on six continents. His subjects are as diverse as his destinations, and include Varanasi's mesmerizing cremation ghats, the big cats of the Serengeti, and street scenes in North Korea, the world's most secretive state. He works primarily on assignment, providing stock images for his corporate clientele. 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 by National Geographic, Nature's Best, and numerous other trade publications. Some of his images grace magazine covers and countless others appear in calendars, books, advertising and promotional materials, and on websites. His photographs adorn the walls of many homes and businesses, with the very best showcased in his series of sixty-nine travel photography books.