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Transfagarasan highway, Romania

The Transfăgărășan highway (DN7C) is an very picturesque road in Romania. It passes over the Făgărăș mountains in Transylvania, Romania. It was built in the 1970s as a strategic military route, and connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. It starts near the village of Bascov, near Pitești, and stretches 90 kilometres to the crossroad between the DN1 and Sibiu. Near the highest point (at 2000 metres a.s.l.), at Bâlea Lake, the road passes through Bâlea Tunnel (884 m long), between the highest peaks in the country, Moldoveanu and Negoiu.

This amazing road is a very winding, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. The Transfăgărășan has more tunnels (a total of 5) and viaducts than any other road in Romania. The road is usually closed from late October until late June because of snow. 

Along the southern section of the road, near the village of Arefu, is Poenari Castle. The castle was the residence of Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century Pri…

Why is the Black Sea called "black"?

The Black Sea was first named by the ancient Greeks who called it "Inhospitable Sea." The sea got this reputation because it was difficult to navigate, and hostile tribes inhabited its shores. There are a number of hypotheses for why it was eventually called the Black Sea.
One hypothesis is that in ancient time, various colours were assigned to different directions; black for north, red for south, yellow for east and white for the west. As it was located in the north of the Mediterranean Sea for which the ancients believed to be situated in the middle of the earth. So it was called the Black Sea meaning a sea in the north.  Another theory associated the name with of the chemical properties of water. The Black Sea's deep waters are much less saline, as a result the microalgae concentration is much richer, causing the colour to become darker. The Black Sea has a depth of over 150 meters, and at a certain depth, its waters become toxic and poisonous. Therefore, in the deepe…

Lacul Albesti in Fagaras Mountains, Romania

Albesti Lake (Lacul Albesti) is a tourist attraction in Fagaras Mountains, Romania. It is located in Arges Country. It is an artificial water reservoir and it belongs to Arges river basin.  The famous and picturesque Transfogarian (Transfăgărășan) Road (see: Transfăgărășan highway) leads along the river Arges and Albesti Lake. See also my other posts about beautiful Romania

Hot afternoon on the Makarska Riviera

Makarska Riviera is a part of Dalmatian coast of Adriatic, about 60 kilometers long and only several kilometers wide, squeezed under towering mountain Biokovo. Small city of Podgora offers a breathtaking magnificent view of riviera, the mountains, and the islands Brac and Hvar. 

Stunning sunsets in Podgora (part 2)

Podgora is an excellent place for the holiday. Beautiful landscape, the azure sky and the limpid sea make Podgora the pearl of the Adriatic. The Sunny climate and long pebbly beaches make this region a popular tourist destination. You can spend your holiday during the whole year, because the climate is mild, and the sea is pleasant for swimming from May until October. 

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