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In the Fagaras Mountains, Romania

 
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added on 28th of July, 2007

The day before we had driven to Fagaras city and there we found a pretty fine motel at last... There are many motels and hotels in the area but they are expensive or cheap but with bad equipment.

We tried to find a cheap but nice motel because we had a hard day and we knew that we have to stay there two days...our searching ended at 11 PM, but I think we found the best place for the money paid:)

In the morning we had breakfast, and then we set off for the trip planned for that day. We planned to go up to Balea Lac which is the highest point of the Transfagarasan passage. This passage goes through the Fagaras Mountains (the highest mountains in Romania) and it's opened only in the summer because the ice and the snow don't melt so the road is dangerous.

This was one of the best places visited by us on this vacation. The weather was clear and not too hot and the scenery was amazing.

We stopped to make some pictures on the way up in a 'parking place' and we went walking a bit. We saw an area covered with snow and we went there to play a bit and throw some snowballs in the middle of the summer:)

On the top we saw a tunnel in front of us without any sign where it goes. It had no lights and marks so when we went in we were a bit afraid. We saw almost nothing and we didn't know where will we get.

When we got through it we decided not to go back any more:). We were on the other side of the mountain, so we decided to get back to the accommodation by another way (a too long way...).

In our way 'home' in a little village we saw a pretty big viaduct which was half done. We stopped to ask a boy why is that so. He said that there was an earthquake when it was built and after that it lost its stability so it wasn't continued any more... It's unbelievable!

 

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Tour in Transilvania, Romania - overview

1. Jul 15, 2007 Initial experiences in Oradea (Oradea)
2. Jul 15, 2007 The legend of the castle of Deva (Deva)  (* 6)
3. Jul 15, 2007 The Medieval Castle of Hunedoara (Hunedoara)  (* 11)
4. Jul 15, 2007 Visiting Sibiu in the summer (Sibiu)  (* 7)
5. Jul 16, 2007 In the Fagaras Mountains, Romania (Fagaras)  (* 33)
6. Jul 16, 2007 Short trip to the Vidraru Lake, Romania (Curtea de Arges)  (* 14)
7. Jul 17, 2007 At the Bran Castle, Dracula's legendary home (Bran)  (* 21)
8. Jul 17, 2007 Visiting the Peles Castle near Sinaia (Sinaia)  (* 11)
9. Jul 17, 2007 Brasov, one of Romania's greatest cities (Brasov)  (* 11)
10. Jul 18, 2007 The baths of Tusnad and the St. Anna Lake (Tusnad)  (* 3)
11. Jul 19, 2007 Amazing canyon in Romania (Bicaz)  (* 5)
12. Jul 19, 2007 Excursion at the Bicaz Canyon (Cheile Bicazului) (Bicaz)  (* 8)
13. Jul 19, 2007 At the Red Lake of Romania (Lacu Rosu)  (* 7)
14. Jul 19, 2007 At the Salt Mine in Praid (Praid)  (* 12)
15. Jul 20, 2007 Last station: Sovata and the Bear Lake (Sovata)  (* 4)

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Fagaras History

Besides agriculture, livestock and the traditional crafts characteristic for the entire area, within the city numerous specialized crafts developed as well as commerce. The oldest documentary mentioning of a craft guild was in 1590 mentioning the shoemakers. The tanners guild flourished in this period, their products being very popular and appreciated. As a reminder there is a street in the modern Fagaras called Tanners Street.Fagaras, History – Modern Times In 1696 the fortress was taken over by the Austrians and housed an imperial garrison and numerous rooms were transformed in prison cells. In the XVIII century the involution... Read more »

 
 
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Visiting the Peles Castle near Sinaia - Aug 1, 2007, by szbogi
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Arieseni, the best place for winter sports - Jun 19, 2009, by angel
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In our way to Sibiu we remembered that Hunedoara is well-known because it has a castle built in the 13th century so we decided to stop in this city and search for the castle. You have to know that in Romania to find anything famous is a... Read more »

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