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    Sâmbăta de Sus Monastery

    by tim76 Written May 10, 2009

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    The Sâmbăta Monastery is located in the wooded foothills of the Carpathian mountains and makes for a pleasant afternoon excursion. When we visited it was quite busy, although we might have very well been the only foreigners.
    The buildings as they stand today are a modern reconstruction of a 17th century monastery, that was destroyed by the Austrians. That's why many things in the monastery look very new.
    Sâmbăta Monastery is an example of the Brâncoveanu style, after the famous prince Constantin Brâncoveanu, whose tomb can be seen in the courtyard. The loggias and the many flowers and plants in stone are typical for the Brâncoveanu style.
    There are many hotels and restaurants close by.

    Br��ncoveanu's tomb One of the loggias
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    Fagaras castle

    by Mique Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    By the time our transfagaras tour got us to Fagaras itself it started to get dark and the museum in the castle was closed. There is a restaurant in the castle as well but we didn't want to eat in a restaurant just to see a bit of a castle. So we stuck with walking around the castle. Which turned out to be quite photogenic.

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    Poienari

    by Mique Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    These ruins are the remains of the castle that Vlad Tepes had build on this hillside a long time ago. Now Vlad Tepes is the person that Bram Stoker has probably based his Dracula story on. While most tourists go to Bran Castle which has been dubbed Dracula's castle even though Vlad Tepes has only spend 3 days in his entire life there. Many don't know about Poienari castle. Logically so since it is far less accesible then Bran. One can only visit it after going up the stairs. Our driver told us it would be a climb of around 30 minutes. We declined nicely thinking that that would be a bit too much really. And we thought we could see the last part of the stairs near the ruins. They looked steep enough..

    According to our driver everything from the stones of the castle to whatever its inhabitants needed (or wanted) was taken up by the steps. There is just no other way of getting there.

    The ruins

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    Transfargaras highway

    by Mique Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    One of the things i really wanted to do in Romania was to follow this road. And one day in october (2004) i did. Luckily we had a driver for the day because i was just to busy watching. And i would probably have gotten us into trouble several times if i had been driving. And we were glad that in october the tunnel on top was still open. Because if the tunnel is closed you have to go back the same way that you came. Not that it isn't worth going but it is more fun if you can go down on the other side of the mountains. We knew beforehand that the tunnel was open. But i was still very glad to see the sign at the start of the way that indeed we could go through the tunnel. Oh happy day...

    Along the way
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    One of the strangest places

    by Mique Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    This place we found along the road. It looks like a house that could/would be used in a horror movie. We passed it on our way to the dacian Szarmisegetusa (or at least we tried to get there. We had to turn after about 3 km. We had to cover 18 km but the road simply was too bad at that time of year). When we passed this house again we made this picture. But got a bit of a scare when a car suddenly pulled up right behind us. It isn't one of those places where you'd want to be at night and go for help. It looks like one of those places where strange things happen.....

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    Try to make a good picture of yourselves

    by Mique Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    As all you VT enthusiasts know it is of paramount importance to sometimes include a picture of yourself while you're on some really great location. We tried and tried and tried. Camera on top of the car and repositioning it a hundred times. Getting bored with running for the right position before the timer went off and finding that i got everything exept us (couldn't see what i was photographing so it was a trial, run, error kind of thing). Then we tried with the camera in hand.. Again, not quite the desired result. Eventually though we did succeed in capturing ourselves AND the mountains in the back of the picture. But i thought this one funnier..

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    The small glacial lake on top

    by Mique Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    We came from the direction of curtea d'arges and when we went through the tunnel (which turned out to be a lot smaller and shorter then i had imagined it to be) we came upon this small glacial lake.) I do have the name of it somewhere but can't for the life of me remember it. Have to look up my notes i think. Anyway, it is at around 2100 meters high. And yes, the water was very very cold (of course i had to test it.. who wouldn't try?)

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    Sambata monestary

    by Mique Updated Jun 11, 2005

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    At the end of our transfagaras highway tour we visited Sambata Monastery. And what a treat. The tranquillity, the surroundings. Very nice. And inside the monastery is a huge room. Though we didn't know what it was used for it looked like a huge prayer room of some sorts. Then there is the church itself in the courtyard. And a small wooden structure. Maybe for something like private prayers or so.

    The entrance gate (from the back)

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    Curtea d' Arges

    by Mique Updated Jun 11, 2005

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    I wanted to see this place because of the tragic legend that is attached to it. The story of Manolo the head builder and his pregnant wife. I'll not tell you the story hear. Send me a message if you want to hear it. But i have seen Manolo's well.

    At another well we met a man that told us (just before we wanted to take a sip of our replenished water bottles) that if one drank water from a well in romania that was would be destined to visit romania at least once every year. This happened in october 2004 and since i stayed in romania till may 2005 i can't tell you wether drinking water in romania has travel consequences. But i'll keep you updated on next years results.

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    Sheperd`s refuge

    by antoanellarom Written Jan 2, 2004

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    Sheperd`s refuges are common in the Calimani mountains. You can camp near these places if you ask their permission and it is even recommendable because of the bears
    Besides this the puppies are adorable

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    Cibinului Mountains

    by antoanellarom Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    While hiking one can admire the beautiful view of unspoiled mountains
    The route we took is not overcrowded as it is not such an important conquest of some mountain top yet it is more rewarding because you can feel the touch of another times when you could wander undisturbed by noisy tourists carrying stereos and beers

    Cibin mountain
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    The 12 apostoles rocks

    by antoanellarom Written Jan 2, 2004

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    One of the most remote and famous as well places from Calimani - the Rocks of the 12 apostoles - admired from their side the rocks will draw the profile of men wearing the traditional dac hat - CUSMA

    12 apostoles Calimani
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    Lonely gorges

    by antoanellarom Written Jan 2, 2004

    Rocky paths remind another historical time in Romania - that of HAIDUCI, the legendary outlaws who were robbing the rich in order to help the poor

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    Calimani Mountains

    by antoanellarom Written Jan 2, 2004

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    Places where you won`t see a person for days ( neither tourist nor local ) , loose horses grazing on mountain top, ice cold springs and ancient forrrests - this is the land of Calimani mountains

    Calimani
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    Fagaras mountains

    by antoanellarom Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    Trails in the Fagaras are giving the hikers the opportunity of meeting good friends to be and seeing breathtaking sceneries

    Fagaras mountain
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