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« on: July 08, 2012, 01:10:40 am »

Transylvania captures Prince Charles' heart
http://lubbockonline.com/travel/2012-07-06/transylvania-captures-prince-charles-heart#.T_eKQvXdeBU
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On the last day of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Prince Charles joined his mother at Buckingham Palace and waved to the crowds in a ceremony watched by millions around the globe.

The next day, the 63-year-old heir to the British throne was a world away, in the heart of Transylvania, a tranquil haven he calls “’the jewel in Romania’s crown,” soaking up rural scenes that look like pages from Grimms’ fairy tales.

Here, in the small 13th century town of Saschiz, life has all but stood still. With its UNESCO heritage site of a Saxon fortified church, wolves and bears roaming the woods, and lush meadows brimming with fruits untainted by chemical fertilizers, it is an unspoiled treasure luring Westerners — like Prince Charles — in search of a quieter life.

“This area is Europe’s last great lowland landscapes ... and this part of Transylvania is unique — miles and miles of wildflower-rich grasslands, rolling hills with oak and beech forest sheltering wolves, bears, and eagles. And all this is still in ecological working order, in which small-scale farmers coexist with the richest natural diversity of anywhere in Europe,” said Nat Page, a former British diplomat who now works as a conservationist.
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