I was born up in the north of Sweden, 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, in a place called Gällivare. Although we don’t have mountains as high as in the Carpathians we have our hills and low mountains and I feel at home in the mountains.
Here are pictures from two trips I did at the Transfagarasan road and the Transalpina road. Buckle up and enjoy !
‘Trans’ means ‘through’ or ‘beyond’. Fagaras is a town close to the mountains. Transfagarasan means simply – through or beyond the Fagaras Mountains.
The Fagaras Mountains are majestic and inviting. If you listen closely you can hear the shepherd’s flute. If you listen closely you can hear the animals eat the grass and you can feel the history of this place.
I am thinking of the people who made the road. What courageous and hard working they must have been ! They were track finders and made it happen that you and I can now cross the mountains by car.
We went very early in the morning from Bucharest, to catch the beautiful sunrise on the Transalpina.
It was a magic experience. On the top of the mountain it felt almost like I was on another planet. The beauty and the silence moved me. The nature there is wild, seems untouched and prehistoric.
At any moment when I looked down at that valleys, I expected to see a herd of dinosaurs calmy grazing on the green grass, that’s how pure the nature was there.
When driving down the mountain we went through the forest that was thick, lush and has the green colour only God can create.
I can recommend this trip highly !
“The Transalpina or DN67C located in the Parâng Mountains group, in the Southern Carpathians of Romania, is one of the roads of the Carpathian Mountains. It connects Novaci, south of Parâng Mountains, to Sebeş in the north. It is said that the road was built under King Carol II and rebuilt during World War II by German troops and it is called The King’s Road by the locals. Also a story has it that Nicolae Ceauşescu had the Transfăgărăşan Road (DN7C) built during the communist regime just to surpass the Transalpina. The road has its highest point at the Urdele Pass, where the elevation is 2,145m above sea level. Given the high altitude, the road is closed during the cold months of the year. Works began in 2007 in order to transform this spectacular road into a modern highway (148 km), allowing a rapid transit between Oltenia and Transylvania.
Rânca, a newly developed resort, is located towards the south end of the Transalpina road.”
Delicious food eaten by the foot of the mountain, in Bucium, at my friends’ place.