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!
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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/