Lake Antermoia – The Dolomites

Passo Antermoia – 2770m altitude – the most beautiful view I have seen so far in my hikes and it is the highest altitude I have ever got so far. It feels good!

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I can visibly see how the mist is rising from the base, it is coming fast so we are unable to spend more time in this place, so slowly started descending to lake Antermoia.

As we walk down we discover more amazing places, the valley is absolutely stunning. Everything looks gray and without too much live in it, yet it is so satisfying to watch.

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We are tempted rush down the the valley, but it can turn out wrong if we rush this. Descending is pretty dangerous, in specially with weight on your back. The entire weight is held by the knees, so we need to be careful as it can get damage it.

Probably in less then 2 hours we arrive to the lake with the most amazing blue water I have ever seen. In some of its corners we can still find loads of snow. We threw down our bags and took a break to admire the view.

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Antermoia refuge is just a few steps from the lake so we stopped there to eat something and plan further our descend and the plan for our next chain of mountains.

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Passo Principe – The Dolomites

Day 2 in the Dolomites.

7am, clear sky, perfect time to continue hiking till our next destination: Passo Principe 2601m.  We quickly had a snack before start climbing, prepared our backpack, threw it on our back and went out to touch the summit of Vajolet Valley.

If you think about it there is only a 500m altitude difference till Passo Principe, yet it is really far and requires a lot of energy to reach it. Being surrounded by massive cliffs, rocks and small seashell fossils, it takes my imagination back in time to its creation. The tectonic plates colliding into a huge explosion and the mountains rising up. The same mountains, the same cliffs, rocks are still present in this place. I am walking on the pages of history written by the mountains themselves.

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After a few hours hiking we reached the Passo Principe Refuge at 2601m altitude. We had no rain, chill weather, perfect for hiking. We took a brake to have something to eat, some fruits and water. It was the perfect place to fly my drone too and take some nice photos. We did not have time to go into the refuge, but the it looked really cool from the outside and placed into a perfect place, right into the cliff.

The mist is quickly rising up, the forecast is announcing rain for the afternoon so we decided to keep walking until Passo Antermoia at 2770m and than slowly descend to Lake Antermoia and decide how to proceed further from there.

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You can find bellow a short video with some stunning drone videos of the cliffs and Principe Valley. Enjoy!

Fassa Valley – The Dolomites

Fassa Valley – The beginning of our journey to the Dolomites. After a good night sleep at Mariannas house we woke up early in the morning to do some shopping for our trip and hit the road from Trento to Fassa Valley.

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After a few hours journey we arrived around 12 pm to Fassa Valley. We are only at the base of the mountains at around 1400m altitude yet the view is already amazing. The plan is to have a quick stop and have something to eat and then see weather we will go up to Campedie refuge by foot or take the cable car.

While we were eating it started to rain, so we decided to take the cable-car up to the refuge.

Campedie refuge – 2000m altitude. 

Walking through the forest of Vajolet we see some amazing views over the cliffs of the Dolomites. The rain is keeping up and by the time we got to the refuge Gardecia we were soaked wet.

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We stopped for a quick brake to have a tea and warm up. In the meantime the rain stopped, so we took advantage of it and quickly went up to refuge Vajolet at 2240m. As high as we get the more difficult it gets, the rain is getting worst and worst, but after a few hours we arrive to the refuge and seek for a warm room to rest and warm up.

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The rain created beautiful waterfalls falling off the cliffs and small streams flowing down the walking paths.

We found a tiny double bed room and a hot shower, all we needed.

Check out the video bellow from Fassa Valley up to Vajolet Refuge. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the channel.

Venice in a day

I have planned a trip to Italy for a long time. I believe it was just after my trip to the Alps in Slovenia that we decided with Dragos to visit the Dolomites. We didn’t think too much about it as always and booked our ticket to Italy.

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Day 1 – Venice in a day

After a few hours flight, I have arrived to Venice, Italy. Took the bus from the airport straight to the island of Venice and once more I had to find Dragos without any internet connection or credit on my phone.

While searching for Dragos, I walked through the narrow streets of the city and admire it beauty. There are tens of narrow streets and over a hundred islands connected through many bridges.

We have tried pizza, pasta and didn’t had too much luck with the food. Because it is such a touristy city, there are way to many places where you can sit down to eat, but probably the best choice to have some sea food which is their specialty.

Later on in the evening we met with Mariana who is a colleague from university and took us to her home to have a good night sleep.

The next day we will continue our journey to Fassa Valley and start our ascent to the Dolomites.

 

Relaxing evening relaxing at the lake

It’s been some time since I had some quality time spent with my brother, so we both decided to go to lake Varsolt and spend a night talking at fishing.

I have packed all my camera gear, my tent, put in a back pack, get on the bike and cycle till the lake. If I think about it now, I am not sure if this was that good of an idea, to cycle there. It is about a 20km ride with some nasty hills. It was really though getting there with bike, because I didn’t have too much practice.

I have arrived there by the time was going down, so had a really cool sunset over the lake. Didn’t have too much luck fishing, so we decided to take the fishing rod with the drone as far as we can. We it didn’t help, we were catching some small size fish which we threw back, but other than that it was a really cool evening talking with my brother.

We woke up to a stunning sunset, slowly packed and it was time for me to ride back home. Ughh!

 

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.

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.