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07 May 13

New Series Celebrates Romania's Wild Side

The Travel Channel is to launch new episodes of the "Wild Carpathia" series, showcasing the unspoiled beauty of Romania and featuring Britain's Prince Charles.

Marian Chiriac
Bucharest

A Romanian newspaper called it “the most wonderful movie ever made about Romania”. A 60-minute documentary, “Wild Carpathia”, broadcasted two years ago by Travel Channel UK, presented breathtaking but little known mountains and forests in the Carpathian mountains.

Now the UK broadcaster is to launch two new episodes, which will promote other sites in Romania, such as route on the Danube River from the so-called Iron Gates to the Danube Delta as well as the Bukovina monasteries and Maramures area in northern Romania.

The documentary will look at wildlife, including bears, Lynxes and wolves, as well as the region’s long history, including the Dacian ruins dating from 2,000 years ago. Modern rural life in the area is also featured, with the presenter Charlie Ottley visiting villages and communities in Transylvania.

The second episode is to be launched on May 29, while the third will feature a new interview with the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.

The Prince of Wales has a longstanding connection with Romania, having purchased a house in an old village in Transylvania. He has visited the region for years for holidays, enjoying the mountain scenery, and has also taken an interest in local causes and owns several other properties in the area.

Transylvania and the surrounding Carpathians are among the last remaining unspoilt environments in Europe.

Funding for the next two episodes of “Wild Carpathia”, worth some 900,000 euro, will come from Romania, according to Maria Grapini, the Tourism Minister.

The show will be broadcast in over 130 countries and translated into 21 languages. The trailer of is available here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ip_QZaBfXqM

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