I know it took a long time since I wrote something, but Autumn is a busy season. Why? I think I figured it out. After a summer with so much traveling and hot days, the cold weather comes in and we kinda want to do more – to work more, to enjoy doing stuff, because we are not sweating anymore.
Also, in the autumn season, especially the month of September and a part of October, it’s harvest time. We pick the plums from the orchard, the grapes from the field of vines, and we must not forget the corn.
And after all these things I did, my parents decided that it’s the perfect time to restore (I don’t know exactly what’s the word) the house, starting with the rooftop. Yhea, Monday it will start university and I don’t really have a rooftop, but the fact that I’m an architecture student makes this thing kinda funny and interesting. So now, when I’m writing this, I’m begging not to fall my ceiling on my head. If is it a nice feeling? Not at all. If is it bothering me? Kinda yes. But do I want to stop it? No way.
I think I need a helmet.
But this post it’s not about this, it’s about Romanian’s beauty. This summer I had the chance to travel a lot in Romania and I discovered so many beautiful places that I want to share.
The Făgăraș Fortress – Built in 1310 on the site of a former 12th century wooden fortress (burned by the Tartars in 1241), Fagaras was enlarged between the 15th and 17th centuries and was considered one of the strongest fortifications in Transylvania. The fortress was surrounded by a deep moat which, in times of war or social unrest, could easily be filled with water from a nearby mountain brook. A bridge over the moat provided the only access point. The fortress boasts three floors and five towers. (romaniatourism.com)
The Hunedoara Fortress – The greatest Gothic-style castle in Romania, Corvin was built by the Anjoufamily on the site of a former Roman camp. The castle served as a fortress until the mid-14th century when it became the residence of Transylvania’s ruler, Iancu de Hunedoara. Iancu upgraded the fortress transforming it into the most stunning castle in Transylvania. The beautifully preserved structure features a sumptuous Knights’ Hall, an impressive drawbridge, high buttresses, inner courtyards, a chapel and some 50 rooms resplendent with medieval art. (romaniatourism.com)
The Bey’s Eye Lake – Legend has it that the lake emerged after the son of a renowned Turkish lord — or bey — who ruled the land a few hundred years ago, while having gone hunting fell in love with a shepherd’s daughter. The bey named Beg fell wildly in love with the local young woman, whom he kidnapped and locked in the Big Tower in Nerei Gorges. At night, however, the young woman manages to escape with the help of a rope made from her own dress and she flees, reaching the foot of the cliff at Nerei Valley. The escape enraged the bey, who ordered that the woman be killed. The bey’s son was so grieved at the news that he shed so many tears as to fill the lake that today bears his name and has the colour of his eyes. Desperate that the young woman cannot be brought back to life, the bey’s son killed himself at the lake. In fact, the lake is shaped as an oval crater or an eye, being around 20 meters in diameter. (agerpres.ro)
The Danube Boilers – The Danube Boilers are made up of a Large and a Small Boilers, these represent a narrow sector of the Danube Canyon. In this area, Danube crosses the narrowest (230 m) and the grandest area of the Danube Canyon, Boilers Danube, having a 9 km lenght. The Danube is bordered by vertical walls and cliffs. Maximum depth is 75 m. (uvisitromania.com)
Decebal’s head – Using dynamite, larger chunks of rock were blown apart, whilst the finer work was done using pneumatic-hammers and pickaxes. For the first six years, the basic outline of the sculpture was produced. After that, another four years were spent working on the finishing touches and minor details. In 2000, the commemorative plaque, which is located beneath the sculpture, was completed. On it was a Latin inscription: DECEBALUS REX DRAGAN FECIT, which meant “King Decebalus, made by Dragan”. (ancient-origins.net)
It was an amazing trip and I had an awesome time traveling the mountains, avoid vipers (on the Bey’s Eye Lake) and traveling on the boat on Danube.
What did you do this summer? What do you think about Romania?
PS: If you want to see more of my trips you can follow me on Instagram: linaa_1803. We can follow our adventures there too!