Mocanita – The steam train – Viseul de sus – MARAMURES – ROMANIA

Mocanita it’s a beautiful steam train functioning day by day since 1932, in Viseul de Sus Maramures.

There are a total of 4steam trains and one diesel train, the first one leaves at 9sharp and the other once are followed by every 30 min. A standard ticket costs 90 lei and if you get a ticket with lunch than it can go up to 120 lei, however you can opt for a good lunch at the destination and for 25 lei you can eat well.

The journey starts at the train station in Viseul de sus and the overall ride takes around 6h through some amazing sceneries and stunning mountains. Somewhere halfway through, the train stops for a 30 min break to have quick coffee and sweet bread which is included in your standard ticket price.

After 2hours you arrive to Platin, you final destination where you will have a 1h break until the train goes another few miles to turn around. Till then you can listen to some good folk music, have a cold beer, some bbq and rest. It is an exciting ride for everyone, right in the heart of Maramures, worth every penny and every single minute spent on it.

Cascada Cailor – Muntii Rodnei – MARAMURES

Cascada Cailor is the tallest waterfall in Romania, falling 95m from the cliff. It is situated in the Rodna Mountains, just nearby Borsa. I do recommend going there in the morning, to skip the crowd and the heat. The teleskii is open from 9am till 6pm and it costs 30 lei – both ways. It is an easy hike, however I have seen people in flip flops and even high heels, I don’t recommend it, it will make your journey a nightmare. If you are around for more than a day, i totally recommend hiking the Pietrosul Peak which also can be easily accessed from Borsa.

ROMANIAN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

ROMANIAN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL – Romania, Oradea

It is always a pleasure for me to come back to this beautiful city. I have spent around 4.5 years in Oradea, during my studies and loved every single bit of it.

Oradea is a beautiful city, split by the Crisu Repede river and the home of many amazing architecture. It is known for baroque and art nouveau architecture, remnants of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Probably the most popular place in the city is the Black Eagle palace which holds many pubs and terraces.

Another attraction would be the Moon Church which has a unique mechanism that follows the moon phases throughout the month. Recently the 15th century fortress became quite popular due to its renovation. It played a key role throughout the history in many conflicts between the Turks, Hungarians and Austrians. Viewed from above it looks like a star and for sure it became one for the city.

Today it holds many festivals, events and even as we speak a food festival is taking place, showcasing various cousins from around the world. If you are visiting Romania, Oradea has to be on your list, it won’t disappoint.

The best hiking trail at Cheile Turzii | Turda Gorge – Romania

Turda gorge is a natural reservoir in Turda, Cluj County. The canyon, formed through the erosion of the Jurassic limestone of the mountain, is 3km long and the walls have heights reaching 300 m.

It is loved by climbers who can chose from over 300 climbing trails, but also by people who want to break out into the nature. You can easily walk through the gorge following the red circle trail.

It has quite a few cool bridges, epic sceneries and caves on the way. It takes more or less about 50 min to cross it from one side to the other.

Cheile Turzii contains one of the richest and most scenic karst landscapes in Romania. More than 1000 plants and animal species live here.

Once you crossed the canyon you can continue your journey up to the cliff and back to the other side which will take you another 2h-3h to complete. It is probably one of the most beautiful trails I have ever done near my home-town.

I advice going to the Turda Gorge early in the morning to avoid the tourists and follow the red circle trail. This takes around 4-5 hours to complete with photo break and lunch break. Totally recommend it.

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.