luni, 9 septembrie 2013

Week-end Escapade Part I: Transfagarasan

Last week-end was filled with adventure- just the way I like it! We indulged ourselves to a road trip, away from the crowds and noise of the city.
We started early, on Saturday morning, with Curtea de Arges Cathedral. The legend says that architect Manole was unable to finish the walls, and, therefore, prince Neagoe Basarab threatened him and his assistants with death. At last Manole suggested that they should follow the ancient custom of placing a living woman into the foundation- and that she who first appeared on the following morning should be the victim. The other workers warned their families, and Manole was forced to sacrifice his own wife, the only one who showed up to bring her husband food. Thus the cathedral was built. When Manole and his masons told the prince that they could always build an even greater building, he had them stranded on the roof so that they could not build something to match it. They fashioned wooden wings and tried to fly off the roof, but, one by one, they all fell to the ground. A spring of clear water, named after Manole, is said to mark the spot where he fell.

Very close to it we found the 'Domneasca' Church (Biserica Domneasca), finished in 1352:
We continued over the spectacular Transfagarasan, the second-highest paved road in Romania. Built as a strategic military route, the 90 km of twists and turns run north to south across the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians, between the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu and the second highest, Negoiu. You can see what the guys from Top Gear thought about it here- go to minute 6:17.Of course, there is a lot to see on the way:
Poenari Citadel or Poenari Castle (Cetatea Poenari in Romanian), is a ruined castle in Romania, on the cliffs of the mountains (at a height of 860 meters),notable for its connection to Vlad the Impaler and erected around the beginning of the 13th century by the rulers of Wallachia. Its placement on a cliff, near a canyon formed on the Argeş River valley, close to the Făgăraş Mountain,  is not nearly random. From this citadel one can have easy and permanent control of the surroundings. The location offers the advantage of good scouting of the area.  Due to its size and location, control of the castle was difficult to take, even by natural forces. Access to the ruins is made by foot, climbing 1480 steps through the woods
. It is not hard to climb those stairs but it takes time to do it. However, I can promise you that the effort id totally worth it, as you will be rewarded with an amazing view!
And back down. Check out how high I had just climbed!
Next stop: Lake (and Dam) Vidraru- an artificial lake, created in 1965, in the shadow of Fagaras mountains, by the construction of the Vidraru Dam on the Arges River.
The Statue of Prometheus
Last but not least, Balea Lake (Romanian: Lacul Bâlea), a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains, Sibiu county. It is accessible by car on the  Transfagarasan road during the summer, and the rest of the year by cable car from the 'Bâlea Cascadă' chalet. Another attraction is the Balea waterfall, but we got there too late to photograph it by daylight.
Capra Waterfall
                ...And a little treat for you. Have you ever tried one of these? They are delicious!
Curious to read about the rest of my trip? Stay tuned, as day two is set to follow in a following post.

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22 de comentarii:

  1. Transfagarasanul e printre locurile mele favorite :) am fost de doua ori si m-as reintoarce oricand :D

  2. Si eu am tot zis vara asta ca vreau sa vad Transfagaraseanul.Poate vara viitoare:*

  3. Wonderful photography and great stories, Madalina. These are some very lovely locales you've visited in this post.

  4. awwww, how cute and lovely you look and these pix are amazing!
    Check out my latest post about the fashion weeks :*

  5. Am vrut si eu sa fac Transfagarasanul vara asta dar nu a fost sa fie.. Poate vara viitoare, daca nu intervine altceva :)

  6. Son unas imágenes preciosas y el entorno es fabuloso.

  7. avem locuri foarte faine si ai postat poze cu adevarat frumoase! :)

    vai, kurtos :)). mai nou am in oras un chiosc care-i face buni de tot si tot imi vine sa ma alimentez de acolo :)).

    1. Eu nu as rezista, m-as infiinta aproape zilnic. :) Avem o tara frumoasa, sper ca oamenii sa invete sa o respecte, in timp.

  8. Superbe pozele tale! Vreau si eu acolo. :)

    1. Iti recomand din toata inima. :) Fa aranjamentele si fugi. E deschis pana la 1 noiembrie.

  9. ce peisaje frumoase!!! sper ca te-ai distrat !!