Not a good day for Maramures gates, trees, church roofs… and drunk bus stops.

It was all a bit surreal. The weather was calm, it was a normal evening. Within 20 seconds the trees were shaking like they were about snap…. and then a sudden huge gust came through and ‘crack crack crack’ they dropped like flies. I had that “Tsunami 2” feeling but luckily was for only a few seconds, the wind dying down and within 20 mins the sun was out again like nothing had happened. It could have been a lot worse. No one hurt and no big trees crashed into the houses. Many roofs off, many trees down just when they were about to produce this year’s much-needed crop of fruit that we have been denied for some years now. Anyway, life goes on and they say the power will be back on soon. And every story has a silver lining, literally. See the last pic in the set 🙂 As I arrived down at the hotel to see the damage, the winds were waving goodbye with a nice rainbow. The colours in the sky where amazing. We then started to see the damage that is everywhere in the village of Breb. On taking guests to dinner we called ahead to see if she was OK to still serve. She said she was fine and didn’t mention it might be a bit tricky to get into the house now the gate was down. Next morning amazingly most haystacks were in tack. This one getting some help to be straight again. Maybe 10 – 15 trees are down around the hotel. This will become a table stand one feels. This huge...
Happy New Year – So what does 2016 have in store for the VH?

Happy New Year – So what does 2016 have in store for the VH?

Happy New Year every one. The village hotel is still open this winter all the way through to the summer so if you want to get away from it all, we are open and have the home fires burning 🙂 So, 2016? What the plan, we have a photography tour at easter, and more thought out the year, we will hopefully be moving forward with the dinning room and producing more of our own food. Hence this idea of an under ground green house – we want to make one in the field next to the hotel, imagine fresh tomatoes for Christmas dinner this  year 🙂...
Maramures in April

Maramures in April

We have had quite a few people come and visit us in the last few weeks and some great weather. Some snaps here of them having fun around...

Traditional Wedding in Maramures

My neighbor got married at the weekend. It’s great to see that some things have not changed in Breb; it’s a matter of time and it will all be different, but for now – life, and weddings, go on like they always did. Except for Johns shoes…. and the girls, they are definitely different...

The Romaniain Invasion of 2014

A week is a long time in politics they say. It can be a life time in the world of newspapers. A about a week ago I was leaving Bucharest for good and my phone rings “ Hi, from the Mail on Sunday, can you cover the story about the Romanian invasion in 2014 for us?” “Sure” A few days later the Sun and the Daily Mail. They all want the same thing. In 2004 the Poles were allowed to come to the UK without a work permit. Tony Blairs press office said there would be “A maximum of around 17,000 would come over the next few years.”We all know he liked a bit of spin, but 1 million is quite a lot more. Now ten years later its the turn of the Romanians and the Bulgarians. You can see the worry. The UK government has covered it’s arse and said there maybe up to 450,000 coming to the UK in the next few years. If your English trying to get a job, what are you going to think? “WTF?” And I can see their point. Hence the running around I have done to recruitment agencies and transport company’s this week getting quotes from the owners on the increase in numbers of people they think will go to the UK. Only… most of them didn’t even know about the new rule. This is Romania after all, we don’t plan a YEAR ahead, come on. Most people when interviewed and told about the 450,000 figure seemed quite surprised and said something along the lines of “ Your too late, they...