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Black Sea beach

IMG_5829, originally uploaded by Mitrea.Andrei.

I’m back from vacation, so here is a photo similar to where I was. Mamaia Beach (Plaja Mamaia) is a resort town on the Black Sea coast. What’s really weird about it is…”Mamaia is 8 km (5 miles) in length and only 300 m (328 yards) in width, being a strip of land between the Black Sea and Lake Siutghiol.” (wikipedia)


Riding the CFR


Personalul 9696 C F R, originally uploaded by dorinnovac.

Trains can be great. (I am a huge fan of German trains in particular.) If you would like to read some factual information about the Romanian railways, the CFR (Căile Ferate Române), wikipedia to the rescue. If instead you would like to read some entertaining stories, then Choo-Choo! Riding the rails ROMANIA style and True Tales of Riding the Rails in Romania will confirm that truth is stranger than fiction.

rock formations

One of the several rock formations in the Bucegi Mountains (Munţii Bucegi). The English wikipedia page is very sparse, but the Romanian wiki page has a lot to say about them.

let’s play in the mud volcanoes

Back to life, originally uploaded by Camelia Arsene.

Two more worthwhile photos.

The Berca Mud Volcanoes (vulcanii noroioși) are a geological and botanical reservation in Buzău County where gases erupt through 3000 meters (10,000 ft) of underground clay and salt water. Read more.

zoom zoom zoom! on the Transfăgărăşan

Trans Fagarasan, originally uploaded by D.LOS.

An oft-photographed piece of Romania, it would seem, the Transfăgărăşan road (“over the Făgăraş Mountains”)
came into some fame in 2009 on Top Gear, the car-centric British tv show. (You can do a Google search to watch a video or clips of that episode.) Here’s another good photo of it.

  • 90 km (60 mi) of twists and turns
  • climbs to 2,034 metres (6673 ft) altitude
  • average speed is around 40 km/h (25 mph)
  • cost: 6 million kilograms (13 million lbs) of dynamite and the lives of 40 soldiers due to construction accidents

According to the internet: “Transfagarasan road is (officially) open from July 1st to Nov 1st. It is closed during the night.”

Personally, I would feel safer in that cable car (telecabină). Plus, it looks like fun.

Histria, Romania’s Greek ruins


Histria#001, originally uploaded by Fisherman’sWoman.

I was too excited by this find to wait to post till tomorrow. Here are some links if you want to learn more: ancient Greek polis on the Black Sea @ wikipedia and the Histria archeological site.

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