Reading by the fire

20 December 2016 - 31 December 2024

Cund has some fantastic places for reading! In winter, why not sit back by the open fire in our Valea Verde Restaurant? Or take your book to the gorgeous surroundings or simply the cosy corners in your houses or apartments? There is an abundance of places for you to relax with a good book. Recent years have seen the release of various publications on Romania and Transylvania. Below you will find a selection of interesting reads – in preparation for your holiday and to add some fun to planning your journey. Have a great read!

 

"Lonely Planet Romania & Bulgaria (Travel Guide)" - this guide made Transylvania THE travel destination of 2016!

This book is your passport to the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Absorb the vibrant landscape by hiking the Carpathians, relax on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, or experience the kaleidoscope of colours in the Bucovina Monasteries; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Romania and Bulgaria - start your journey now!

 

“Times New Romanian: Voices and Narrative from Romania” by Nigel Shakespeare

This book provides a picture of Romania today through the individual first-person narratives of people who chose to go and make a life in this country. Each chapter a voice, each story in "Times New Romanian" provides readers with a look into the Romanian world: the way things work, the vitality of the people, the living heritage of rural traditions, ordinary life - sometimes dark, sometimes sublime, always interesting. In a land full of character and contradiction, there is a strong attraction for those with the spirit to meet the challenges, where the one thing you can be sure of is the unpredictable. Life is not always easy. These stories will tell you why... Also, there is a rich chapter on the Valea Verde Resort, when Nigel interviews Jonas Schäfer.

 

“The Wine Book of Romania” by Marinela V. Ardelean

This wonderful guide to Romanian wines is published annually in Romanian and English, as the first bilingual guide for consumers and professionals alike. The Valea Verde was a close partner of the author from the beginning of the project and has the honour to host the annual tasting of the independent international jury. There is no better introduction to this burgeoning wine country. Please check our website for events hosted by Marinela Ardelean at the Valea Verde Resort!

 

Paul Kovi's "Transylvanian Cuisine: History, Gastronomy, Legend, and Lore from Middle Europe's Most Remarkable Region, over 300 Recipes!"

This wonderful guide to Romanian wines is published annually in Romanian and English, as the first bilingual guide for consumers and professionals alike. The Valea Verde was a close partner of the author from the beginning of the project and has the honour to host the annual tasting of the independent international jury. There is no better introduction to this burgeoning wine country. Please check our website for events hosted by Marinela Ardelean at the Valea Verde Resort!

 

"Along the Enchanted Way"

“Along the Enchanted Way: A Story of Love and Life in Romania” by our friend William Blacker, who also lives in Transylvania. Change is now coming to rural Romania, and William Blacker's adventures will soon be part of its history. From his early carefree days tramping the hills of Transylvania, to the book's poignant ending, "Along the Enchanted Way" takes us back to a magical world most of us thought had vanished long ago.

 

“Best Book of the Year” by The Washington Post

“The Transylvanian Trilogy, Volume I: They Were Counted” by Miklos Banffy - a stunning historical epic set in the lost world of the Hungarian aristocracy, just before World War I. Written in the 1930s and first discovered by the English-speaking world after the fall of Communism in Hungary, Bánffy’s novels were translated in the late 1990s to critical acclaim. In 2013, it was voted “Best Book of the Year” by The Washington Post.

 

“Comrade Baron: A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy” 

“Comrade Baron: A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy” by our Dutch friend Jaap Scholten. To record this unknown episode of recent history, Jaap Scholten travelled extensively through Romania and Hungary and sought out the few remaining aristocrats who experienced the night of 3 March 1949. He spoke to people who survived the Romanian Gulag and met the youngest generation of the once distinguished aristocracy, to talk about the restitution of assets and about the future. Jaap´s travels also took him to Valea Verde - and you may find his chapter on truffle hunting in Cund interesting enough!

 

“The Historian”

“The Historian”, by Elizabeth Kostova (a must for all those who love a clever intertwining of history and mysticism). The author rekindles the legend of Dracula, ties it with European and Romanian history and unveils some amazing truths about the existence of vampires. A fascinating book that will captivate its readers, and will no doubt make you see Romania with different eyes…