Romania is a country of contrasts – spectacular natural landscapes combined with historic buildings, thought-provoking historic events and a traditional lifestyle.
Once the home of Romania's first king, Pele Castle in Sinaia is a spectacular conglomeration of spires, turrets, statues and colonnades.
From the 1400s and 1500s, painted monasteries such as Sucevita shown here, have their entire outside walls covered in paintings although some have now faded due to exposure to the elements.They are a mixture of Moldovian and Byzantine architecture.
Piata Revolutiei in Bucharest is where Ceausecu gave his last speech on December 21st 1989 before communism fell. This fountain is in the centre of this square.
The town criers in Sighisoara walk around the old town entertaining and talking to visitors.
The painted monasteries such as Voronet shown here,are decorated on the outside with pictures featuring a combination of biblical related scenes and important historical events.
In 1935 a wood sculpture, Ioan Patras, started carving oak crosses for Merry cemetery in Sapanta, in north western Romania. He painted each cross blue, included a scene from their lives and a humorous poem on each.
This Romanian embroidery was for sale near one of the Painted Monasteries outside Suceava.
The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest was begun under the rule of Nicolae CeauÅŸescu, although it was incomplete at the time of the revolution. It is one of the largest buildings in the world.
The Romanian flag hangs on an old, restored building in Bucharest.
Built as a prison in 1897, after the fall of Communism in Romania the Communism Museum in Sighet became a Memorial to remember those who were incarcerated here and those from the region who lost their lives.
Rasnov citadel or fortress was built around 1215 by the Teutonic Knights. From it there are excellent views across the town of Rasnov and the surrounding countryside.
Traditionally dressed dolls for sale are a common sight in eastern Europe. These were for sale at Bran Castle in Romania.