Creasta Cocosului – Muntii Gutai | The Roosters comb, Romania

Another cool place in Maramures is the Gutai Mountains where you can visit one of the unique rock formations – Cresta Cocosului – Large nature reserve in the Gutai Mountains, offering hiking trails & a variety of flora & faun.

Left early in the morning with my friend Mihai to explore the Gutai muntains. We started off going the Rooster Combs where we tried escalating it. After wards we walked all the way to the ‘Gutaiul Mare’ summit at 1443m altitude and had our breakfast.

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As the time was still early, we decided that it would be a shame not to climb the ‘Gutai-ul mic’ too. We walked through the annoying juniper spikes, eat some blue barriers on the way and finally made it to the summit.

Such a great hike, if you start early in the morning you can easily climb 3 summits.

Enjoy the ride.

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A glimpse into beautiful Maramures – Mara

I have started exploring the sights in Maramures this year and discovered some really beautiful places. Yet, there are still many more places to explorer. This time I have took my parents to a place called Mara.

It is an amazing place to go and relax at the out swimming pool with a stunning view or chill and enjoy some great food at the Pastravaria Alex restaurant.

You have a really cool waterfall just next to the restaurant and even better the lake with fishes is under the restaurant so you can chose your own fish to eat.

Exploring an abandoned bowling alley from the 1940’s

In one of the evenings after work I wound out with my friends to explore the Meses Mountains and specifically to find what once was the Salamander water stream ( “Izvorul Salamandrelor”.)

We started our journey from the Bradet park where you can easily find the trail as it is marked with the yellow circle. After an approximately 1h30 min walk we arrived to the place but couldn’t find the water stream. The place is destroyed by endless fallen trees all over the place caused by the strong storms, but also due to deforestation.

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After a lot of search we almost gave up when suddenly we found a sign tight to a tree. We went into the pile of cut down trees and we spotted the water stream. We decided to take the sign and make it more visible and cleared out a little bit the path to the water stream.

Continued our journey back home, witnessing a stunning sunset, but then we ended up discovering the Scholar Wooden Cabins from the 1940’s. The place it looks like a post apocalyptic place, with the plants growing through the foundation of the cabin.

This place holds around 5 wooden cabins, a bigger hotel and a bowling alley. There is also a football field and many other interesting structures.

Here is a short video exploring the place. Enjoy.

The best romanian street food

Zilele Zalau-lui – the towns anniversary. I haven’t been to this celebration in my hometown for the past 10 years. I remember when I was a kid, I use to come with my friends and walk up and down the streets tens and hundreds of times and we couldn’t get bored of it.

These days it is organized on a much smaller scale, but still can be a relaxing brake out for the locals. I was surprised to see loads and loads of bbq and traditional food all over the place.

I went and tried out some of the street food and captured it in a short video. Enjoy.

The Botanical Garden of Jibou

The Jibou Botanical Garden, now named after its founder, Vasile Fati, is a botanical garden located in Jibou, Romania.

The works for the organization of the Botanical Garden from Jibou started between the years 1959-1968, when Vasile Fati (1932-2007), a biology teacher, with the students and with the other teachers manages to prove that the parks around Wesselényi Castle, where the high school was functioning is appropriate for a botanical garden.

Between the years 1968-1970 the first greenhouse of 110 square meters was built. Between the years 1978-1982, the two greenhouses were built, the aquarium and the volar. (source: Wikipedia)

It is really close to the Dragons Garden, so if you are planning to visit any of the places try going to both places, it can be done in a one full day.

Gradina Zmeilor – Dragons Garden

Grădina Zmeilor is a protected natural reservation in Salaj, the county where I am curently living. It is situated about 30 km from Zalau and it can be easily reached by a car.

It is well known for it’s interesting rock formation in shapes of towers, mushrooms, nidle and other shapes. Personally I find it very similar to the rock formations I have seen in Vietnam, and in the Avatar movie 🙂

I consider this place to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in Salaj and decided to explore it a little bit with my mom on a sunny Sunday.

Here is a little video about the place, I hope you will enjoy it.

My passion for cycling

I have been cycling ever since I remember myself, but I have started passionately cycling a couple of year back in the UK. Together with my buddy Ciprian planned to go cycling in the highlands, so bought myself a hybrid bike, or more of a road bike and I totally fell in love with it.

Cycled all around UK and now as I have moved back to Romania, started cycling in here too, but kept it local to Zalau. Done a few routs up to the Meses Mountains, also a 70Km route, surrounding the mountains and other short ones to the Virsolt lake and back.

I am planning from next year to get more into mountain biking and offroad cycling so really look into that one.

Till then here are a few of my cycling videos.

 

Guys weekend away – Belis, Romania

Weekend away with the guys. I met these dudes shortly after I have moved back to Romania and we immediately became BFFs 🙂 due the our great passion, driven by the same purpose, our core mission, that one big thing we have in common which is …well let me start from the beginning.

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Sabin, the dude who spent about 10 years in Germany, became the Charles Parson of their country, a symbol of engineering, changed their entire industry until the day he was driven by a bigger purpose.

Koh, the one and only Japanese Jedi engineer, whom The Force sent on a special adventure to serve his biggest mission as of now.

Patric, after his 5 years in the stunning highlands of Scotland, the land of the finest whiskeys, the birth place of the Loch Ness monster and the horrible midges, he was drawn by a new purpose and a new place.

Matteo, the Italian godfather of metallurgy, sole scientist of Tony Stark, the man who made Iron Man happen, after smoking from his wooden pipe, which he received from Gandalf itself, had a vision about a place in the heart of Transylvania, the place of the biggest roman settlement and without any hesitations followed his vision.

…and there’s me, after 5 years serving the Queen of Great Britain I was sent back to my home land, where together with these fellows united our dream of making Zalau and Romania great again… hahaha :)))

We organized a weekend away in the amazing Natural Park of Apuseni, in Belis at over 1000m altitude, to have some fun over a good BBQ.

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We nicely put the meat in a deep ceramic bowl to marinate. Salt, pepper, paprika, soy sauce, wine, wurst and brandy, I think everyone can guess who put which ingredient :)))

Believe it or not, it became the most epic bbq I had in a long time.

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Further on, we have visited the Belis lake, the waterfall and ended our evening with a great camp fire.

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Here is a clip capturing some of the greatest moments of the weekend.

 

Discovering the wild Carpathian Mountains in Romania

Discovering the wild Carpathian Mountains in Romania | Muntii Rodnei – Pietrosul Rodnei 2303m

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I am just like every other person, without a fortune, working a full time job, which leaves me with limited time and resources. One thing we cannot buy, cannot spin back is time, so we need to learn how to manage the little time we have, not to waste it but enjoy it.

I have returned from Slovenia, which was an amazing experience so do make sure to check out my video and photos. You can find all the content here on my blog and YouTube Channel.

I have set a really challenging goal at the beginning of this year, I am half way through the year and not even close to achieve my goals, but I am trying to focus on it as much as I can in my free time.

One of the goals was to hike 30 summits for my 30th. I have turned 30 on the 18th June and I have done a few trails, but I wanna get as close as possible to that 30 summits.

  • Vladeasa – 1836m
  • Cliff Lespezi – 1173m
  • Black Lake – 1337m
  • Presihajoče lake – unfortunetely, I didn’t made it to the lake due to the snow, but I have reached an altitude of 1500m. The lake is situated around 1600m.
  • Iezer Lake – 1825m
  • Pietrosul Rodnei – 2303m

Second goal is to run 300 km, well I am falling short here too. I have done only about 16km so far and hoping to crush that 300km.

Third goal is to cycle 300km, I am doing somewhere better here achieving 91km so far. I should be able to go above 300km easily.

My final goal was to visit 3 new countries. I have visited Ukraine, Slovenia and planned my trip to Italy and Morocco so by the end of the year I am hoping I will be able to achive it.

Yes, so after returned from Slovenia I have perused my goal in reaching another summit in Romania and to explore the Carpathian mountains. After a hell of a week with a lot of business trips all over the place I woke up early in the morning around 3am and started driving to Rodnei Mountains.

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It’s a 4 hours journey there by car, so not that close when you don’t have a highway in this country 🙂 and making it back by the evening in the same day. I have reached the place around 8am, but i got lost a bit with the GPS taking me into a wrong place, however I am glad it did because I encountered some great landscapes.

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The hike was really difficult and long, took me around 5h to the summit and just about the same back, more or less, with a few stops here and there.

This was my first 2000m mountain, the summit being at 2303m altitude. The journey was beautiful, some of the greatest landscapes I have seen so far. The mountain was entirely covered by a red flower which gave a really moody atmosphere to the journey.

At 1800m I stopped at the meteorological center and Iezer lake which offers a stunning landscape where you can camp to enjoy your evening. This time I went without a tent, but next time I will not make the same mistake.

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Continued my journey trough a couple of more snow patches up to the crest from where you could see the other 3 summits that can be done within a day, however the time was flying fast and I was not able to go to any of them because I wanted to return home in the same day.

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Finally made it to the summit, the highest places I have every been in my life – except when I was in an airplane :))) I have touched the summit and chilled for about 40 min having lunch and a nice coffee.

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I did spent quite some time in capturing the moment by taking many photos and flying my drone, so without further details check out my YouTube video bellow and make sure to check out my gallery for all my pictures.

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Beautiful Lake Bohinj – Slovenia

Beautiful morning at lake Bohinj, the fog is slowly lifting up from the lake and the stunning view of the mountains reveals. We prepare our backpack and off we go, motivated to do at least one of the summits.

Having no food supply left, we go to our favorite place to have our childish breakfast and with all the energy gained we are ready for a day full of adventures.

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Our first stop is the well known Slavica Waterfall which is known to be the biggest waterfall in Slovenia with a 40m drop, streaming out from the cliff which is fed by the underground karst channels from the Black Lake. Yes, the path to the waterfall is good, relatively easy, but it’s way too touristy and packed with people. We also had to pay an entrance fee of 3 EUR. Was it worth it? It was nice, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t impress.

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We continued our journey to our next destination – the Black Lake, but not before we stopped for a quick Slovenian cream cake to get our boost of energy before climbing the cliff up to the lake.

The Black lake is the lowest Triglav lake lying above the Komarca cliff which is connected to the other Triglav Lakes. The Black lake is also the starting point to the Triglav Valley which holds the 7 Trigalv lakes and the trail to the mount Triglav itself.

Climbing the cliff was challenging, very steep, dangerous but with an astonishing view over the Julien Alps and a great waterfall.

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After a 3 hour hike we got to the top of the cliff where the temperature suddenly dropped and started walking on ice and snow till the Black Lake.

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We took a well deserved break at the lake, eat whatever food we had left and just took in the beauty of the view.

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The plan was to walk to the upper meadow at 1600m and off we go with our snow fences on and start walking on scary 4-5m snow. We found our way to a 1500m altitude, but struggled to find our way further on and due to lack of time we decided to return. Once again we are back at the lake, got some more water from the lake and decide to try our luck with another trail down.

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We walk and walk and walk, and after about an hour we can’t see any more footsepts, and we make it official – we got lost. We found eventually a sign that told us we were walking on the Triglav Seven lake trail and not what we originally had in mind. Once again we decide the return and this time we went down on the trail we got up.

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We got back to the base about 8pm and finished our day with a rich 3 course dinner at our favorite place “Hotel STARE Bohinj” (link) – amazing service, cheap, great presentation and great quality food. If you are not camping and looking for a great place to relax around Lake Bohinj, this is the place.

We went to Slovenia with the expectation of having a lot of rain and it took us by surprise with a great weather throughout our stay.

On our last day in Bohinj we walked around the lake with a few stops on the way to relax and take in the amazing views. Made some friends on the way too, 2 ducks swimming on the lake from one side to the other following us without fail. We stopped at the other side of the lake at a bench and the two ducks came to the shore and said hello 🙂

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After an enjoyable day walking around the lake, we packed and left Bohinj behind with a great sunset over the Julien Alps and the promise to return once more next year.

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We arrived in the evening to Ljubljana where we spent a few more hours in the city and slept at a Hostel where we almost fall asleep and miss my flight, but everything turned out well eventually.

Such a great place, Slovenia, it has all my respect. Friendly people, great cities, great mountains, great rivers, lakes and awesome food.

Here is a short video of my last 2 days in Bohinj, hope you enjoy it and make sure to stay around by because I am continuing my journey in further exploring the Romanian Carpathian Mountains.