Carpathian landscapes – Penteleu

Photo Name: Carpathian landscapes – Penteleu

Caption: I took this photo while hiking in Penteleu. More details in the link bellow.

Properties: Iphone 5 auto.

Date & Location: 2016 Aug 21, Carpathians, Penteleu, Romania.

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Goodies of the forest

Photo Name: Goodies of the forest 1

Caption: I took this photo during my hiking travels in Penteleu.

Properties: Iphone 5 auto.

Date & Location: 2016 Aug 21, Penteleu, Carpathian Mountains, Romania.


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Penteleu mountains, the berry district

I finally found the right time and the best place to catch up on lost sleep…

I spent two days, Saturday and Sunday, in the mountains of Buzăului, towards the end of August. On the first day I climbed through the forest with rocks, at night I camped at the bivouac in the forest, sat by the fire and meditated in the dark and on Sunday I woke up with a clear head and climbed the Penteleu peak – small but difficult. On the way I ate a lot of berries. That in a nutshell.

I like the effort in nature no matter how difficult the climb. The worse the conditions the better, you feel alive. However, I hate waking up early on the weekend after a whole week racking your brains over financial data at the office. And what I don’t like about weekend outings is the road to and from the mountain, leaving Bucharest and coming back. You sit for hours in the same position you used to sit at your desk only you are so close to escape..

But that was me on Saturday morning. Luckily I had packed the night before. This thing also has disadvantages. With so much time at my disposal, I packed a lot of things that I didn’t need: the DSLR camera that I didn’t take out even once during this shift, solar panel, a hammock made to be transported by car I think, because it had two large rather heavy wooden sticks, metal spoon. I thus reached about 19 kg in a 60+ liter backpack. Very much for a 2 day outing in the summer!!. But I said not to get used to the Mont Blanc luggage..

An incursion into the wilderness of the Buzău mountains, where we can go with minimal luggage, sleep in a super wild place, with improvised shelters, regardless of the weather conditions… That’s what Ioan Stoenică promised us – an exceptional person, our guide in this tour – see guides page.. ticked ticked ticked except for the baggage minimum and the weather conditions turned out to be perfect..

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Stories from Western Carpathians

Photo Name: Plastic Shepherd

Caption: I took this photo while in the context of camping and hiking in Parang Mountains, Western Carpathians.

Properties: Nikon D5200 f/8 ISO-100 1/250 sec 29mm crop.

Date & Location: 2016 Aug 15, Parang, Carpathian Mountains, Romania.

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5x Parang Mountains and 2x Glory

I stayed in Parâng for 4 days in August. In short, I had the great chance to catch a rarer optical phenomenon – Gloria – two days in a row. We met blueberry pickers on the way but also the object of the activities we enjoyed during the climbing breaks. We bathed in Lake Mija, had a fire by the lake, played the tilinca, the drums and reached 5 peaks with landscapes that take your breath away.

I’ve written this before and although it’s obvious, I can’t help but comment again on the enormous difference between the state of mind affected by the polluted traffic in Bucharest and the one produced by the serenity of the moment of waking up in the tent, in the mountains. Especially if you leave Bucharest on Friday evening, whatever the destination. On this tour I drove a van for the first time and that distracted me from the crowds. The road to Petroșani looked gorgeous in the headlights, too bad we did it at night – but the asphalt is so smooth in places that I bet you could play billiards. And that is rare in Romania.

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Of the sun

Photo Name: Of the sun

Caption: I took this photo during a hiking in Parang, part of the Carpathian Mountains.

Properties: Iphone 5 f/2.4 ISO-50 1/678 sec 4mm auto.

Date & Location: 2016 August 14, Parang, Carpathian Mountains, Romania.

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Carpathian Landscapes – Parang Mountains

Photo Names: Carpathian Landscapes – Parang Mountains (photo set)

Caption: I took this photos while hiking in Parang Mountains. We were lucky enough to see an rare optical phenomenon cold Gloria.

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Date & Location: 2018 Aug 14, Bucharest, Romania.

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Danube Delta, a trip of relaxation

The Delta, in a guesthouse or in a tent, is perhaps one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Europe. You can find excellent accommodation conditions. We were near Murghiol, at the Egreta guesthouse. We had paid boat trips on the canals and at Sulina, where we visited, among other things, the grave of an alleged pirate. We ate excellent fish and related dishes. Bathing in the sea, bathing in the pool. We went by boat under the starry sky. On the way back, we visited the Enisala fortress and took a bath again, at Vadu.

Delta at the guesthouse is totally different from delta at the tent. And if you go to the guesthouse in the Delta, you have to relax, go accompanied by someone, eat fish to the carp – pun intended – and drink wine until your head hurts – so you have the energy to walk the next day. That’s what I did in the sea too – pun intended again, so soon..

I left Bucharest late, so I arrived in Murghiol in the evening, at night. The Bucharest-Murghiol road is very smooth, first a highway, then a 2-lane road like in the palm of your hand (most of it). Huge windmills complete the landscape of yellow fields and green hills. The landscape frame, the angles are so wide and fine that it seems you are not in Romania. I remember thinking on the way.. how accessible this beauty is and how close (relatively) it is to Bucharest. Why don’t we come more often? I confess something to you. This is the first time in the Delta in my adult life. Yes, there are certain destinations, which I knew were fascinating but to which the roads took me later, when I was ready to understand them properly, perhaps. For example, it’s better to go under the windmill and relieve yourself by looking up, than to do it in a bush full of garbage, looking down. Just kidding again 🙂

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Piles of hay in a field

Photo Name: Piles of hay in a field

Caption: I took this photo while returning from a trip in the Danube Delta.

Properties: Nikon D5200 f/6.3 ISO-400 1/200 sec 18mm crop.

Date & Location: 2016 Aug 08, Dobrogea, Romania.

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Photo Names: Enisala (photo set)

Caption: I took this photos in the context of visiting the Danube Delta. I also visited Enisala, an old fortress in Dobrogea.

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Date & Location: 2016 Aug 08, Dobrogea, Romania. Read more