Transylvania.   The name invokes  shivers, an aversion to the dark, the need for turtlenecks, silver crosses, holy water, and nightmarish visions of zombies, vampires and werewolves.   Somewhere in all of that, the words “theme park” enlarges eyes and engenders responses of WTF?

In a little town called Turda in the Romanian countryside exists the salt mines.  Dating back to the 17th century they are reputed to have the cleanest air on earth, and provided roughly 3 billion tons of salt before it was shut down in 1932.  The mine lay fallow until an enterprising soul suggested it’s newest incarnation in 1992 as a theme park.   Salt mine as a theme park?  Well it has a ferris wheel, a bowling alley, a mini golf course and pool tables to mention a few, but that is not it’s biggest draw.    The biggest draw?  Four hundred feet underground, Salina Turda looks like something out of a Star Wars movie….

Salina Turda

Image: always wanderlust

Listening to:  Paul Kim’s cover of Aretha Franklin’s Until You Come Back to Me.
Doing?  Deciding where to go on my impending vacation at the end of September.