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.

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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.

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.