Before the celebration, next week, of the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the successor to the UK throne came to Romania to find energetic and spiritual resources before the great holiday.
Prince Charles, who arrived on a visit to Romania on Wednesday, spent Thursday at his home in Valea Zălanului, a small town in Covasna County, where he came for years on a short vacation.
In a film presented in 2020 at Valea Zălanului, made by the British journalist Charlie Ottley, producer of the documentary series Wild Carpathia, in order to support the Romanian tourism industry, Prince Charles says that he came to Romania for the first time 20 years and that he discovered an “amazing” country, mentioning that our country occupies a special place in his heart, and at every visit a part of it “feels at home”.
“Romania is an amazingly diverse country, from the Danube Delta, the largest and wildest wetland in Europe, to the forests, springs and monasteries of Bukovina, Moldova and Maramures, the Apuseni hills or the uninhabited expanses of Harghita, the priceless collections of Bucharest or the wild beauty of the Iron Gates gorge, the castles, mountains and Saxon villages of Transylvania or the secluded valleys of Banat and Crişana. The cultural determination of the Romanian people to preserve and preserve their heritage, not to let their crafts and traditions be lost and to keep the best of the past as it builds a clearer future. unspeakably, Romania’s many treasures are becoming known and appreciated by more and more people, “said Prince Charles, the narrator of this short film.
His Highness urged Romanians to discover their country and be proud of their nature, wildlife, gastronomy, traditions and culture, noting that the moment when he will be able to return to Romania will be “a special opportunity for him, which he will cherish. ”
“Romania occupies a special place in my heart. I count Vlad Ţepeş among my ancestors, which could explain why at every visit a part of me feels at home. I will continue, as long as I can, to plead for the importance of protecting and celebrating Romania’s unique treasures, villages, historic buildings, culinary tradition, precious biodiversity, wildlife and majestic forests, “said Prince Charles.
Valea Zălanului is an isolated hamlet in the Baraolt area, where a little over 100 people live, most of them elderly, who are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. To get to this village you have to travel about 14 kilometers through the desert, on a narrow country road, which can barely fit two carts at a time.
The houses have retained their traditional architecture and ancestral charm, and more than a decade ago, Prince Charles bought an old mansion on the outskirts of the village, which he restored and turned into a holiday home.
A few years ago, the prestigious American magazine “Vanity Fair” mentioned the mansion in the Zălan Valley as one of the most beautiful properties in the world, which can be rented by tourists.
When he comes to the Zălan Valley, Prince Charles usually spends his time walking through the woods, studying wildflowers, tasting traditional dishes, sleeping in woven bedding at home, or simply resting in the shade of the trees.
The people of Valea Zălanului did not know for a long time, until the journalists “rushed” with the cameras and started asking questions, that the foreigner who bought the old mansion, from the end of the village, is the son of the queen of Great Britain.
Prince Charles also has other properties in Romania – old buildings that he saved from destruction, including in the town of Viscri in Brasov County, which, according to some sources, he will visit on Friday.