10 December 2011

Transfagarasan - Romania

Transfagarasan, we have summarized the road that crosses the Fagaras Mountains (highest elevation mountains in Romania, reaching maximum height in Moldoveanu Peak - 2544m) and connects the two main regions, Transylvania, Wallachia. But we can not sum up just so, with one of Transfagarasan highest altitudes in Europe, namely 2042 meters (Caldarea Ice Balea), spanning two lanes with a length of 92 km and the entire road are 27 viaducts and bridges. Between Capra and Balea Lake is the largest tunnel in the country (887m), which crosses Mount Paltinul. Undoubtedly, the most beautiful road Transfagarasan road in Romania and one of the most spectacular in Europe. Transfagarasunului Crossing manages to combine adrenaline caused by many difficult and winding road, with the fantastic. Harmony level differences, the asymmetry of the place and enchanting landscape, managed to break from reality every creature, living as the most beautiful feeling in nature.
Among the objectives of tourist attractions we can mention Lake and Dam Vidraru Poienari fortress, Balea Lake Balea glacial waterfall.
Balea glacial lake formed in cirque, is a true wonder of nature, which lies between the Olt and Piatra Craiului. Balea Lake reaches a length of 360 meters, a width of 240 meters and a depth of 11 meters and is situated at an altitude of 2034 meters. Since 1932, so the entire surface of the lake and about 180 acres around it were declared scientific reserve. It should be recalled that during 2006 and near the lake, was built first ice hotel in Eastern Europe.
Depending on the year, the lake surface can practice different sports. Namely, during the summer you can practice rowing, and during winter, when water freezes, can skate, play hockey or curling.
Balea waterfall, another marvel of nature, is situated in the Fagaras Mountains, concerns of one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania. Balea waterfall is at an altitude of 1234 meters and the water flows from a height of 68 meters.
In winter during the term, the waterfall can ski down. Summer can be reached by car and rest periods with cable.
Poienari fortress, is recognized as one of the residences of Vlad Tepes (Dracula), a great fortress built in the way of the Ottoman invaders. Being situated on a mountain, the ruins are seen with a panoramic Vidraru Dam and Fagaras. To visit this city is required crossing a road with more than 1000 steps.
Vidraru Dam was built between 1961 and 1966 and for its realization have made great sacrifices, are about 80 dead. Upon completion of dam construction, it is ranked 5th in Europe and 9th place in the world. Tourists can reach the dam from the east side of Lake Vidraru on a road that climbs up to Balea. The left side of the dam can be reached Cumpana depression. Another area is the Landmark Belvedere platform, where you can admire the captivating beauty of the place.
Mount Plesa was famous statue of Prometheus by lightning in his hand, a symbol of electricity. Only a few hundred meters of the dam tourists can go to the House Argeseana "and the pier where the practice of leisure boat racing.
Persons interested in bungee jumping sensations can practice at the dam being arranged higher launch pad.
Vidraru Lake is a lake, with 465 million cubic meters of water, with a length of 10.3 km and a width of 2.2 km, thus accumulating a total area of 870 hectares and maximum depth of 155 meters. Underground power station is situated in massive Cetatuia to a depth of 104 meters and can provide annual energy production of 400 GWh.

18 September 2010



23 August 2010

Békás, Cave Munticelu

Munticelu Cave is situated at the entrance of the gorge Gorges, based on calcareous Surduc Munticelu on the left side of the river Bicaz.
Munticelu Cave is considered the scientific point of view but also the most important landscape in Moldova. Discovered in the spring of 1973 by a few children went to gather snowdrops, Munticelu cave was named for this reason, by the locals, Ghiocelu cave. Road to start in the right career Surduc cave, 250 meters from the entrance keys suck.
The route is picturesque and is first in coils, then becomes increasingly steep and goes up to an altitude of 300 m where there is the cave. The trail to the cave is just one of many routes Békás. Hidden in the wall of a limestone cave entrance is about 1.5 feet short and follow a descending corridor of 10 meters, which leads you into a great hall, 30 meters long and 5 meters high by 4. With a length of 120 m Munticelu impressive cave hall and through the stalagmites formations.
At the bottom of the cave floor hall is smooth, covered with clay crust and stalagmites. From this place starts a large cluster of blocks that get in step, like an amphitheater, to the west. In the northern part of the room meet countless stalagmites which form a real light woods, striking landscape element that gives unique cave Munticelu.
Light stalagmites can admire here three feet high and three inches thick. Fistular stalactites which are outstanding and, sometimes, true form rain "macaroni." In the south we find a small lake, lined with foam calcite, immaculate. Munticelu hiding cave and some bones of cave bears, including a femur fixed in a stalagmite.
Because visiting the cave is not in an organized setting, in recent years many visitors have made an unconscious state of degradation in all the greater. Munticelu cave is electrified and has no arrangements to facilitate access. Currently, steps are to be arranged and opened to tourists visiting the presence of a guide. Nearby, the saddle is Glodului tunnel and cave, which as the name suggests is a rock tunnel that crosses a gorge Sugaului reserve stands! GO TO TOP^

22 August 2010

Flowers of the Romanian Carpathians - Excellent photo album

Beyond the fresh air and refreshing green of the woods, the mountains have a chance to see and those flowers that give color and charm fill grassland, glades and alpine pastures. Texture and also resistant plants grow wild in the foothills and mountain ridges until, finding favorable living conditions both in open field, and under trees. If some species prefer the cool neighborhood of streams, others feel at ease in swamps or putrid arbor of forest. May "bold" better "equipped" protection systems (dwarf forms or crawling, Dimensions low, thick skin with fine spikes or hairs that form a real felt pools of water in leaf tissue, etc. .) are plants that manage to "colonize" barren rocks of peaks up to 2,000 m altitude. They have to cope with arid conditions (wind, drought, frost) present almost all year round.
Shapes, colors and flavors:
Generally, all have something special mountain flowers. First, graceful figure, impossible to overlook. Then, color and shape, combining mountain flowers most often light colors (red, yellow, orange, blue, purple) with stellar forms (single, double or even more complicated). Leaves of many species offers surprises at your suggestion to fine fabric, silk or velvet. Also, these delicate flowers in May odors emanating gentle or steep, associated with the taste of tea (mint, thyme, oregano, cranberry or cranberry), spices (garlic, onion, horseradish, basil) or flavored drinks (caraway, juniper, Angelica). Besides the positive effect they have on the human psyche, the mountain flowers are in fact a wealth difficult to express in words. Thus, there are species of historical importance, witness of times long gone, we "talk "about the meaning of evolution. One should pay special attention to those rare flower species category vulnerable because beauty, their fragrance and therapeutic qualities have been collected without discernment, and largely destroyed.
Many mountain flowers contain pharmacologically active principles, are therefore used as: adjuvant treatments, disinfectants (chamomile, yarrow stem), healing (plantain, grass thief), painkillers (heal, hops, lime), etc..
Furthermore, therapeutic effects have recognized medicinal and aromatic plants in many diseases of the digestive system (centaury herb St. John's wort, peppermint), respiratory (Robin boot, candles, podbalul), cardiovascular (Herb base, saschiul small hawthorn), genito urinary (bag Shepherd, orchids, thorn).
If you love the mountain ...
That we can enjoy the beauty of the alpine flora not only us but the generations that will follow, should follow a few rules "conduct mountain":
- Do not break unless you really need flowers. Even if you only get to adorn your room, pick them when you close the cottage (droop slightly) and in reasonable numbers. Small bouquets can be as if they are brightly colored decorations.
- Do not uproot plants with roots and all, so it allows you to regenerate, even in the year they have broken stems and flowers shall cease earlier vegetation.
- If you've decided to pick our own plants for tea, always do a careful, and leaving others.
- Try a little acquainted with the mountain before the climb. Reading or talking to a connoisseur, you will find valuable details, you will focus more easily and will succeed, perhaps, to recognize and protect valuable plant species.
- Instead of flowers the corner, they will press (and look!) Between sheets of a book, choose the photos made in memory as a unique natural environment.
- Draw your children in activities that involve contact with nature and learn to cherish and enjoy its riches.
- Remember one thing: if you have felt good, you want to come back. And what great joy you have being mentioned the same places you have connected spiritually!