Sep 22

FAGARAS MOUNTAINS – A PLACE ONLY FOR PROFESSIONAL CLIMBERS (MULȚII FĂGĂRAȘ)

If you’ve been in the mountains before, but have never crossed any ridge sharp like those in Fagaras and Piatra Craiului (plates or alpine are small children, I say!), Forget everything you know about hiking trails and value your physical capabilities. Thus speak of a route from another league, the first where I felt I really need a physical condition to carry through the well and the only fact to date where might you try the feeling that, in fact, there’s nothing to search the mountain, you will not make any other route, even the Himalayas.

To better understand how you can reach these conclusions, well, there is no option for the return journey to be easier than the shower. Also during climbs and descends, climbs and descends again in direct sunlight and wind to the brink (all the time!), so you do not have a single moment of respite, the pace of change. So as to reach a ridge where you touch 2,345 m to a peak that is only 45 m higher (only that) to get there in two entire hours – pay attention!

And once you’ve seen what you’ve been in the shower, you think there’s no way as way back, underneath that entire ridge cursed be worse. You cheated! So once you have some 6 hours on his feet and you all look into the distance where passes trail, hoping that no, there it will go, find, after they fell again enormously to a clearing where you feel ants that fixed at the end, when you’re done, the darkest expectations are confirmed. To return back to civilization must climb exactly what you went down a block mountain that rises in front of you like a tsunami of rock above 100 m. Think about this picture and you will understand why I consider that to this route, in addition to physical fitness, basic equipment indispensable and good weather, you necessarily need a huge dose of will and especially an enviable fortitude. But I repeat, it is an absolutely brilliant route, but for which you should be too good motivation to want to resume and, above all, a serious training in mountaineering.

It starts at Balea Lake. There is a makeshift parking lot beside the Rescue Point and behind the stalls, so the other side of the beautiful glacial lake. Even there begins the trail marked with blue tape from the start, with no other foreplay, taking into chest-fire a beautiful slope.

The effort is sweetened by the sight that always opens to the whole cauldron of Bali and once we get a first saddle, you can see the road that comes from Balea Waterfall. The ascent continues, however, to the left, to the Paltin Saddle where another impressive panorama – the entire route that awaits you, with a few surprises, yet well hidden gaze. But you can get an idea of what you harnessed, only noting that to reach Lake Călţun must go no more, no less, 3 mountains! If you want to continue exploring until the second highest mountain in Romania, Negoiu, add another 2 hours and a mountain. And if you want to turn back, ideally the same day, rest assured that you can endure a distance of 10-12 hours and obviously you went on the road from dawn.

From that seat, start the first descent. Then go relatively easy and straight, reaching a sector of chains, and then have to face a first slope diabolical, almost vertical as you remove the tip Laitel. Sighs, ofurile and pain will be rewarded with a new view of 5-star Călţun lake bottom, kept like in a foot of majestic Făgăraşii. Yes, you asked Well, to get to the lake at 2,135 m, you have to descend again (and it’s not easy on among dozens of large rocks) and then climb back some, but not before making balancing on the edge of a cliff.

If you came to Călţun you can lay the basis refuge next and climb again to Negoiu peak (2,535 m) by Strunga Lady (easier) or by Strunga Devil (recently reopened route). Strungile these are actually some very narrow aisles between two steep walls, climbing almost vertically, using chains on the rocks.
Try your strength, and after going through it with flying colors Fagaras Mountains, you can consider yourself a professional mountain climber and real man-of-the-mountain!

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Sep 22

TIMISOARA, THE NEXT ROMANIAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE (TIMIȘOARA)

Timisoara is a beautiful city in Romania which has just been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2021. A visit here is a great opportunity to discover the hospitality of Romanian people, the recent history of this country and a city that has a rich cultural tradition. For starters, we suggest some of the most important sights of Timisoara, to get an idea of what you will find.

The House of the Atlants is a historic building located in the city center. Her name comes from Atlantis columns you see the facade. It was built in 1812 in neo-classical style by the merchant Toma Naum Makri, bound for building rent, with 40 rooms. After the owner’s death the house was inherited by his daughter, married to a Serb. Later the house was donated to the Serb community, then owned by the Serbian Church in 1966 and after the Romanian State ’89 became private property and was renovated. In umătorii years he had more inhabitants, and many owners who now fighting for the building. The courts lie thousands of pages and house athletes and two Turkish cannons buried at the entrance waiting for their verdict.

Merbl Palace situated on Victoria Square was built by architect Arnold Merbl. He was head of the firm Arnold Merbl Co., known outside the city. Victoria Square has created a building: Lloyd Palace.
The Roman Catholic Church Josefin neighborhood was built in 1774 in Baroque provincial. During the revolution of 1848 the church was badly damaged. During the renovation works the ball to cross the tower found a rusty box with two documents about the history of the tower. On the main altar is a beautiful icon-portrait of Virgin Mary, dating from the late eighteenth century. In her yard is the oldest stone statue of St. John of Nepomuk town carved in 1723.

Dauerbach in Victoria Square, was built between 1912-1913 by architect Laszlo Szekely. The building is known as the Palace after Palace restaurant and café, which were arranged even at the end of the building. In the northern part of the ground floor it has operated a pharmacy. Building facade is divided into five parts, one central three parts, taller, which has three gables on the roof shaped ogival braces. The two sides each have two pilasters and the upper level have a gable and a shorter roof.

Fabric Synagogue designed in Moorish style was built in place of a Mosaic synagogue. It was built by entrepreneur Josef Kremmer, by architect Lipot Baumhorn and inaugurated in 1889. It is a monumental building, ornate. I see five domes on the roof of which the center is equipped with eight rosettes. Inside the building is a beautiful organ built by the famous craftsman Wegestein Timisoara. Today the synagogue is in an advanced stage of decay.

Weiss Palace built in 1912 is the beginning of Republic Avenue. From here begins the promenade itself. The building was designed by Arnold company Merbl Co. and the front of László Székely. Weiss family had many popular characters in Punjab, they are doctors, industrialists, entrepreneurs and raising the rent apartment buildings was a lucrative business. Although sf building entrance is on the street. John gable to the main theater. The ground floor commercial spaces.

According to some theories the Roses Park was achieved through the contribution of women rich in the city that they brought their money abroad, many species of roses. In 1891, during the Universal Exposition attended by King Franz Josef, were installed here 10 wooden pavilions. The exposition park was realized by Wilhelm Mühle, and presented over 300 varieties of roses. Mühle was the owner of a horticultural garden with 17 solariums, and the roses he cultivated were renowned abroad.

In 1942 the park is known as the Queen Mary Rosary, but over the years has had many names.
During the Second World War, the Rosariumul was destroyed and was rebuilt in the period 1953-1965, when it reached over 1200 varieties of roses purchased in the country and abroad.
Today the area of one hectare there are only 600 species. The 10,000 roses are planted in eight groups, checkered diamond-shaped, bounded by fences of buxus. The Summer Theater in the park was built in the interwar period.

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Sep 22

COVASNA COUNTY, A MELTING POT BETWEEN CULTURES AND… THE COUSIN OF LOCH NESS MONSTER (COVASNA)

Covasna County is located in eastern Transylvania, at the internal curvature of the Carpathians, and it tends to become a major tourist destination for those wishing to discover Romania. Until recently it used to be promoted rather as an area of interest for Hungarian tourists, but Covasna is now opening its doors and proposes some very interesting landmarks, that informs about the customs and traditions of the area. Covasna County is known as the “Land of Mansions” and thermal waters, with no more than 200 mansions and castles that are speeded all across the land, awaiting visitors.

Discover the art of sculpture in corn husk

At the Tourist Information Centre in Ojdula you will greeted, among others, with a table on which there are hand craft items that are made from corn husk. You will immediately discover their author: Szabó Erzsébet “Bimbi”, illustrator and forewoman in this complicated manufacturing craft, who had arrived to Ojdula a decade ago and learned this activity from a master in this traditional craft of Odorhei. We are sure you will like it so much that you will certainly want to acquire some of her creations, which have been presented to a multitude of national and international fairs and exhibitions and have also received several awards and praises. A simple demonstration of making a flower of husk will makes you applaud and realize that folk artists deserve a bigger appreciation.

Learn to prepare kurtoskalacs

Kurtoskalacs, the famous Hungarian desert known throughout the world and adored in Romania at any fair or festival has its own “secrets” of its preparation. Shaped like a pipe, made of wheat flour, milk, eggs, yeast, butter and sugar and seasoned with various spices and flavors, it will make you want to try it more than once; the dough is stretched into strips and rolled on a wood cylinder that in placed on top of a charcoal grill and revolved permanently, to bake evenly. The sugar that is “splash” all over the dough is roasted, then the “pipes” are seasoned with different flavors: cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut, vanilla. The name “kurtoskalacs” comes from kürtő – which means “chimney” and kalács – doughnut. According to the legend, the first kurtoskalacs was prepared in Szekler Land for misleading the Tatar invaders, deprived of food, but it is considered that its  “ancestor” is the German Spiesskuchen gingerbread baked on wooden rollers, spoken in a manuscript of Heidelberg. The first recipe that appears under the name of kurtoskalacs is found in Countess Maria Mikes’s cookbook, in 1784.

Hunt the prehistoric aquatic monster on the Saint Ana Lake

Lake St. Ana is the only volcanic lake in Romania, located in the crater of the massive volcanic massif Puciosu Ciomatu Mare. A trip here is almost obligatory, whether you go hiking or by quads, followed by a spectacular full of adrenaline two kilometers long descent on the mountaincart and mountainbike.

You can do several water sports on the quiet lake, which has a maximum depth of 6.4 meters: put on a neoprene suit, grab a plate and try to keep your balance on it without falling into blue water. It is pretty difficult but it’s totally fun. Like any place of its kind, Saint Ana Lake has a legend of its own, one of them telling about a young woman who was to be married against her will by parents. Because she did not want the man proposed as her future husband, she threw herself into the lake on the wedding night, which then received her name. Another legend tells about two ogre brothers who had two castles, one of them having a terribly beautiful chaise, won at a game of dice. Not to be outdone, the other brother put another wager that he will come with a chaise that was going to be even more beautiful. He got one and hitched eight gorgeous girls instead of horses. They failed to move the heavy carriage and the tyrant got angry and began to lash the young girls. One of the eight girls named Ana, cursed him and the curse was fulfilled: the place was devastated by a severe storm, after which the castle of the tyrant and his chariot were ablaze. On the place of the ranked castle was then formed a tranquil blue lake.

Another interesting urban legend states that a water monster similar to Nessie has been seen swimming along several times. It is believed to be a species of ancient dinosaurs that survived the mysteriously extinction and lives peacefully inside the waters of this lake, but divers that had been sent to look for it found nothing.

Besides the wonderful traditions and interesting legends, the surroundings are truly marvelous, so you have plenty of reasons to come along and plan a holiday here, in Covasna County.

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