Maramures | Barsana + Mocanita – Viseul de sus

The Barsana village is well-known for the presence of wooden churches since 1391. It is one of the landmarks of Maramures. These beautiful churches are wooden buildings made by craftsmen from Maramures.

In 1717, a Tatar invasion takes place where they burned down most of the wooden churches and several local houses. In 1720 another church was built, The Old Barsana Monastery – it has special cultural importance, being included in the UNESCO list of heritage buildings.

Before ending our day, we decided to go up to Cascada Cailor, despite the cold and rainy weather.

We started our next day early in the morning, exited about experiencing the journey into the Maramures mountains with the steam train. It has to be the most amazing experience you could have in Maramures, the sound of the train, nature, feeling like kids once again.

Citta Alta – Bergamo, Italy

It is time to go to my final destination on my journey in visiting the Dolomites. I am taking a long bus drive from Cortina D’Ampezzo to Bergamo. On the way we had a stop in Verona, so I quickly ran into the city to buy one of the best pizzas I had so far in Italy.

Bergamo is famous for it’s upper district, Citta Alta a sixteen century medieval city, characterized by it’s paved narrow streets and home to the twelfth century tower, Campanone, the Basilica Santa Maria, both within the Piazza Vechia square.

Cita Alta is also the perfect place to have a beautiful view over the modern city of Bergamo. The top of the city is at minutes away from the citadel and easily accessible by the funicular.

Further exploring the citadel I stumbled upon this hidden small restaurant where I have ordered myself melon with prosciutto and it was the best meal and combination I ever had.

Everywhere you go, you find yourself going back in time with the help of the amazing Venetian walls and architecture.

Lago di Mizurina & Cortina D’ampezzo

Lake Misurina is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754 m above sea level, near Auronzo di Cadore (Belluno). Lake Misurina is where the speed skating events were held during the 1956 Winter Olympics of Cortina d’Ampezzo – the last time Olympic speed skating events were held on natural ice. The lake is only abour 30 min away from Tre Cime by bus, so it’s a must see if you are visiting the Dolomites.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo – The best of the DOLIMITES

Tre Cime is one of the Dolomites’ iconic hikes with the three massive rocky cliffs surrounded by amazing panoramic views

This is a relatively easy hike, its great for a family hike also, if you are planning to go with kids.

The entire loop is 10 km long, mostly flat and it takes around 6-7 hours to complete with stops for pictures and lunch at the refuge.

The trail starts at Rifugio Auronzo and after a 45min walk you reach Rifugio Lavaredo. During this section of the hike, the massive spikes of Tre Cime loom over you and makes Rifugio Lavaredo seem.

This is were you can also find the WW1 tunnels which connects you with the Tre Cimme reffuge at roughly about 1.5h away.

It’s an epic hike and totally recomand it for anyone who is planning to visit the Dolomites.

Dobbiaco | Lungkofel 2280m

Epic mountain trail from Lago di Dobbiaco | Lungkofel 2280m

Together with Sarlkofel / Monte Serla Lungkofel / Monte Lungo forms the north-easternmost bastion of the Prags / Braies Dolomites. The two mountains are connected by a short ridge, the lowest point of which, Sarlsattel, offers the best ascent route to either summit. Both mountains are famed for their views but nevertheless see only few ascents, if compared to their mighty neighbour, Dürrenstein / Picco di Vallandro in the south. Though the mountains are much lower their ascent routes are longer with more elevation gain to scale.

Lungkofel / Monte Lungo is somewhat hidden from view. While its neighbours tower above Pustertal / Val Pusteria or Höhlensteintal / Val Landro our summit rises above the meadows of Bad Altprags / Bagni di Braies, inside the Prags / Braies Dolomites. Its west face is a sheer, 700m limestone affair, rising like a sentinel above the easy ski runs of the area. North and south faces are also very steep and only to the east does the mountain connect with the aforementioned Sarlattel. The summit appears like a pulpit, high above the valleys of the area.

Lungkofel / Monte Lungo is often climbed together with the higher Sarlkofel / Monte Serla, but only as an afterthought if time allows. However, a visit to the summit offers wonderful views of the Prags / Braies and Sexten / Sesto Dolomites with the glaciated mountains of the Zillertal Alps and Hohe Tauern shining across Pustertal / Val Pusteria from afar.

LAGO DI BRAIES – The best of the DOLOMITES

Lake Braies is a lake in the Prags Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. It belongs to the municipality of Prags which is located in the Prags valley. During World War II it was the scene of the transport of concentration camp inmates to Tyrol.

SECEDA – 2500m | The best of the DOLIMITES

SECEDA – The craziest mountain ridge I have seen so far. It is out of this world.
The Alpe di Seceda is located on the sunny side of Val Gardena, at the foot of the Parco Naturale Cisles-Odle (nature reserve), and represents an ideal base for hikes and climbing tours.

From the Seceda summit you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Dolomites and of all the mountains in South Tyrol – from Ortles to Großglockner (Austria).

 

The story of the sunken village in toxic waste

Every ride through Topa Mica is a must stop at the cheese pie place and this morning is no exception. I am traveling this time with my parents, as they said if I every to become famous with my YouTube channel they wanted to be in some of my videos, so asked me to take them on this tripe where ever that may be.

I am exploring a place which once was called home to many people, a fertile valley in the heart of Apuseni Mountains – the village Geamana. Today all we can find is a 90m deep decanting lake filled with industrial waste flowing in from the 2nd biggest copper mine in Europe since 1986.

This mix of chemical waste offers a very interesting and spectacular show of colors and texture. It is beautiful when viewed from above, the contact between the grey slur and yellow-red-blue chemicals.

The transformation of this place started in 1977 when Nicolae Ceasescu decided to exploit the copper mine, at that time being the largest copper mine in Europe. In 1980 more 300 families where relocated from this area and in 1986 they started discharging the waste.

It would require over 15 mil EUR to fix spreading the environmental impact it has over the surroundings.