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Can anyone tell me the name of house where Rick Steve stayed in Maramures Romania video while filming with home cooked meal, brandy and music. I cant find name. We are going to Romania in June 2020

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Hey there! Season 9, Episode 5 is what you're referring to, I imagine.

I gave the credits of the episode a quick look on my PBS app just now and saw mention in the "Special Thanks" section of Ana and Ioan Pop (during the episode, Rick mentions Ana runs the guesthouse). The credits also mention Grupul Iza as providing music for the episode. Quick little Google search reveals, interestingly enough, that Ioan Pop (the husband in the episode, who sang for Rick and played some instruments in their music room) actually leads the Grupul Iza band, and is a fairly well-known folk musician in Romania. There's a bunch of YouTube videos of him and Ana playing music. Really cool! Various sites mention he's from Hoteni (village in Maramures). This sent me further down a little Google rabbit hole, and when I searched for things like "ana ioan pop hoteni" I saw image search results of the same house and mention in a few places they run a guest house (various sites feature pictures of it because it's such a well-preserved piece of local traditional architecture, apparently)

The "Accommodation" portion of the credits lists out:

Hotel Cismigiu, Bucharest
Hotel Kronwell, Brasov
Fronius Residence, Sighisoara and Ioan Lazar
Camves Inn, Maramures
Amizadil Guest House, Maramures

From what I gather in the images of Amizadil (and on their website they mention the owner was a guide for that Rick Steves episode) compared to the guest house portions of the episode where Rick's listening to music and eating all that amazing food, they're two separate guest houses (one might have been for crew? Or they stayed at both?). Either way, I'm not entirely sure what the name of Ana and Ioan's guest house is, but perhaps this info can give ya a head start in finding it!

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So thankful for the research on the places to stay. I would love to keep in contact with "jmjbrtw" as we are going September 26,2019 to October 15 which is coming up very soon. We would like to hear your planning so far as we are just beginning. Please feel free to contact me. Thanks.

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As you are preparing for your visit to Romania, I suggest you pick up a copy of "The Hole in the Flag" by Romanian American poet and author, Andrei Codrescu. I first read it in 1995, before my first visit to Romania. It is an insightful, confounding, riveting account of what happened in Romania during the revolution of 1989, and is still happening. Codrescu weaves together historical and sociological insight with many stories of people's lives. It's available on Amazon and hopefully also at your own independent bookstore.