Nature wonders and movies
Explore the largest gorges complex of the country: Dambovicioara CanyonIn Dambovicioara village's area your sight is caught by the houses ornated with sculpted wooden pillars and multicolored tall roses.
Romanians don’t spend too much of their time wetting them. Nature takes care of roses to have flowers as big as the head of a new born. From the comfortable sedan the villages veiled among mountain ridges gently reveal to your eyes. The landscape looks as if a child drew here and there on a piece of green paper some trees, stones, small houses and a winding asphalt ribbon among them.
You are heading to the largest gorges complex of the country: Dambovicioara Canyon, within Piatra Craiului National Park. Exploring its outstanding part you will be astonished by its monumentality. Vertical calcareous walls or even leaning over the 1 to 2 m wide bed of Dambovicioara gill (sometimes with heights exceeding 200 m)… Imposing towers and sharp cliffs… About 50 caves lies underground Dambovicioara hydrographic pond. But happily, the most attractive and important one is right nearby the canyon with the same name. And the locals know it before 1579 !
The climax is when, following the road, a straight domineering mountain suddenly arise in front of you like an impetuous wall as if the world ends here. You shyly approach and at the turn, amid two edgy cliffs, the deep and narrow entrance inside the mountain opens. It’s chill. You have the sensation that you feel the breath of the mountain and even hear it. Daring to look up you are shivery by the bouncers of cliffs hung by the canyon walls. They look like wild beast lying in ambush to hurtle on you.
Taste and shop for traditional homemade delicacies in Rucar-Bran CouloirAfter Dambovicioara Canyon, before leaving Rucar – Bran Couloir on both road's sides, you see tables with traditional Romanian delicacies.
Stop at the penultimate on the right. Here an over 70 years old lady with clear blue eyes will welcome you. She has 3 children: a priest, a Romanian language teacher and the other daughter working for European Funds. The old lady will kindly invite you to taste for free all the products. She herself makes them, right in the house behind the temptress table.
“Despite the rain outside, under the large umbrella, the flavours of smoked sausages and forest fruits syrups tantalize your senses. Bear, deer, and boar dry sausages, wild strawberry, raspberry, underbrush, fir buds and fir cones thick syrups, cheese in fir tree bark, smoked cheese, forest fruits sherbet, honey, blueberry brandy… The driver is quite passionate about homemade drinks. He prepares his own elder juice, so he asks about the quantities in the recipe of this amazing blueberry brandy. The answer surprise and make us all laughing: as many ripe blueberries and some palinca (traditional local brandy), no sugar, no any other add-ons. Honey is another local delicacy you don’t wish to miss. Especially the one made of acacia. Some says in Romania you find the most flavored and tasty one. Maybe because of the unknown natural mix of fertile soil, clean air and weather conditions.”
Movie destination: Arefu villageDo you remember the movie “What about Love” from 2012 featuring Sharon Stone and Andy Garcia ?
They were playing the roles of the parents of a young girl who travels with her boyfriend through Europe…
Well, this was filmed in Bucharest city center, at Ravens Castle and on Transfagarasan (in the area of Arefu village).
Placed at the foot of Vidraru hydropower plant, Arefu is a beautiful village.
And here you can receive the real traditional experience.
So come to lunch !
Drive on Transfagarasan Highway that takes you on top of the majestic Carpathian Mountains
Visit Prometheus StatueIn the area of Vidraru Dam, on Pleasa Mountain, sculptor Constantin Popovici realized in 1965 a metal man.
This holds lightnings in his hands raised above his head.
Of course, this represents Prometheus with the thunder in his hands as symbol of electricity.
Take your photos at Gout Waterfall & Lake and Balea Lake & Waterfall
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