Sep 16

THE CAVE AT VADU CRIŞULUI, A PLACE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE (VADU CRIŞULUI, ROMANIA)

Vadu Crişului Cave was discovered in 1903 by Gyula Czárán after dynamiting the slope and arranging the wooden stairs and bridges soon after. In 1969, the underground facilities are upgraded and the cave is electrified, becoming the second cave in Romania where the electric lighting was introduced.

Vadu Crişului Cave is located in the Criş Gorge, in Padurea Craiului Mountains (the Princes’ Forest), between the towns of Vadu Cris and Şuncuiuş.

The cave has a length of 1 kilometer, of which 680 meters are allowed to be visited by tourists who are not speologists. It has three main large galleries (besides others that are narrower and more difficult to access), and one of them is used only for paleontological research, which is also famous for having been extensively researched by the famous Romanian explorer, biologist and scientist,  Emil Racoviţă.

Vadu Crişului Cave has a more special status because it is crossed by a stream which originates in the karst plateau Zece Hotare (Ten Borders) – Old Man’s Cave, so basically the water forming  inside the cave is the same that creates the Vadu Crişului Waterfall.

We enter the cave through the left side of the underground creek, we pass by the three galleries going upward, which open on the left, we traverse the Suspended Bridge over the lake and arrive at a party spherical high (globe of Earth), above which a limestone canopy has been formed during the ages.

Then two separate ways are splitting: one lower, along the underground stream and the other way that forms the upper floor. Upstairs hallway after completing a small climb in an upper room, where shall descend into the Balcony Hall with the fallen blocks. Underneath these blocks, we go to the Hell gallery and get reacquainted the creek in the Great Hall of the cave.

The road continues to the point of the Straits, where the corridor is obstructed by fallen boulders where the cave visiting ends.

You can reach the cave:

– By train to Cave Halt on Cluj-Oradea route;

– By train to Vadu Crisului or Şuncuiuş and then walking nearby the railway for about 2 kilometers to the same Cave Halt.

– By car from Vadu Crisului: you can leave your car near the football field in Vadu Crisului and then follow they railway or the new Red Circle tourist route;

– By car from Şuncuiuş: you can leave your car in front of Şuncuiuş station and then walk nearby the railway, again some two kilometers to Cave Halt.

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Sep 14

A HOLIDAY FOR TWO – TERME ZRECE AND POSTOJNA CAVES, SLOVENIA (POSTOJNSKA JAMA)

If you are looking at an all green type of vacation and relaxation for a week of holiday in late summer, then take the advice of experienced travelers who offer you guidance and suggestions, and go to Terme Zrece in the eponymous town in northern Slovenia a few kilometers further from the motorway connecting Ljubljana with Maribor.

Slovenia is a small country with a wonderful scenery and despite the poor nightlife, at least in this area, take a week of the hectic life and dedicate it to yourselves, to your peace of mind and your physical and mental relaxation, all supported by a wonderful climate, beautiful sunny days, mitigated by the 400 meters of altitude that makes the temperature inviting.

The hotel absolutely comfortable, with well-furnished and spacious rooms, a kitchen that seemed fair. Hotel Terme Zrece offers various packages to the tourists who want to relax in their structure, with different types of massages available. It also offers the possibility to exploit without limits the two swimming pools with thermal water, one indoor and a second covered but in open air. Indoors are also present four different pools for the smaller tub and a spa, even for small children.

In the center, there is also a spa specially equipped for disabled people who come for these services and therapeutic treatments. In the basic package there are also includes two passes to Sauna village and gym that you can attend any time you want, and afterwards you can spend a couple of hours in the sauna and enjoy the steam rooms, or any other relaxation rooms.

If too much relaxing in this wonderful spa might get boring, take a one day trip to Rogla Mountain, where you can climb at an altitude of 1550 meters, which is no more than 15 minutes away from the hotel; here you can enjoy a 360 ° endless expanses of pine forests, that are green and fragrant, with a rich undergrowth of cyclamen. A natural wonder for lovers of peace and tranquility, in this period, the resort is being stormed by all lovers of skiing that suddenly pour into the valley during winter.

A tasty surprise is the craft beer brewed on the spot, which is truly exquisite, light and pure. The only downside is that it lasts a couple of weeks before it gets spoiled so you won’t be able to take home a significant amount, or else there’s the risk to not drink it in time and you will have to throw it away.

The small pond near the hotel is worth mentioning; you can reach it after taking on a bumpy little road, hidden among the pine forests, where locals often go fishing.

On the way back, you must not miss a stop to the famous Postojna caves. Near the large hotel you will find lots of shops, souvenirs, and, despite the obvious mercantile atmosphere, there are less visitors. If you want to have a relaxing holiday, this is the best option.

As for the cave themselves, they are a marvel. A train will lead you inside these caves that have over over two kilometers in length, and during this entire part, you are blessed with a guided tour in several languages, that will explain you everything that you need to know, for a distance of approximately 1.8 kilometers of wavy route, during which the spectacle of nature that surrounds you all around will distract you from your thoughts.

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