An Unforgetable Trip

It is said that the shortest way is not always the best. This proves to be true in many situations and the late autumn season is one of them. So when I went on another trip to Magura in November last year I decided to follow the long road instead of climbing through the mountains. It was a good decision as there were a lot of things to shoot on the way.

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The trip started in late morning in Moeciu de Jos. The sun was already on the sky and the weather was warm, which came as a pleasant surprise for me, provided the time of the year. First I reached the mountain village of Pestera (meaning “The Cave” as there is a small cave nearby).  On the way to Magura I also visited a new monastery (named Schitu Pestera) and in late afternoon (say near sunset) I eventually managed to arrive at my destination. Then I took another way from Magura back to Moeciu de Jos.

The last part of the trip was pretty adventurous, as night came while I was still in the forest on the way back, with only a dog as companion. It was pretty dark and I was lucky to know the way, so I finally managed to safely reach the main road that links Moeciu de Jos to Bran and Brasov.

My conclusion? An epic journey!

(pictures and comments below)

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A sunny day, ideal for trips, so let’s get started! My companion waiting for me 🙂

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Moeciu de Jos, seen from above (in fact I was still in Moeciu, as the mountain villages are scattered on large areas. This is one of the things I really enjoy about these settlements).

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You wouldn’t say it’s November, would you?

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Walking towards Pestera. Piatra Craiului with it’s saw-like shape can be seen behind.

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This statue is the symbol of Pestera, a traditional mountain village, where a unique type of cheese is produced, the so called “cheese in fir tree bark” (Rom. “branza de burduf in coaja de brad”).
For more info: http://mariuscruceru.ro/2011/05/14/brinza-de-burduf-in-coaja-de-brad/, http://www.ferma-bucegi.ro/en/

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The church from Pestera. The architecture is pretty different from a Orthodox city church.

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The school from Pestera.

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Misty mountains…

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Towards Magura.

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A traditional house.

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A diamond?

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Schitul Pestera, a small monastery on the way to Magura. At the time I visited it is almost finished (inner walls were still being painted).

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Finally Magura! Near sunset.

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Who are you? And why are you taking pictures of me?

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Sunset. Still in Magura but on the way back to Moeciu.

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Finally the moon! However still in Magura and still a long way to go.

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Evening mist

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Approaching Moeciu. Last traces of an unforgettable day.

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