Sunday, August 22, 2010

Romania, The Land of Choice? - Part 2

Just got home after a very long drive, but I was so eager to share the rest of my photos with you that I sat right down to the computer and started typing away.

After our lovely week of vacation ended we decided to make the road home extra special and drive through the Făgăraş Mountains. On our way we stopped in Curtea de Argeş, the city that lies in the valley of the lower Carpathians, to visit the beautiful monastery built there.

  And off we were....

The road known as Transfăgărăşan (which means through the Făgăraş Mountains) is nothing less then spectacular.
It runs across the tallest sections of the Carpathian Mountains, connecting the Cities of Sibiu and Pitesti, as well as the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia.

Up in the mountains the first spectacular lake we got to see was the Vidraru lake, an artificial lake created in 1965 by the construction of the Vidraru dam on the Arges river.

 We decided to go on a boat ride. Have you ever been on a boat in the middle of mountains before? Well it was a first for us to!

Yes, that is right: 830 meters of water below us! Amazing huh?
 My son actually enjoyed the ride very much :)!

Next stop: Bâlea Lake.
  This glacier is situated at 2,034 m altitude. Near this lake the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built in 2006.

 The last city we visited befoe driving home: Sibiu.
 The city was designated  the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007. Interesting fact: Forbes ranked it Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live!
Hope you like the pictures, anxiously awaiting your comments and ideas on travel, Romania and your summer holiday.

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