In the Sântămăria-Orlea village there is a very old and valuable medieval church. The church was built in between 1270 and 1280 in late Romanesque style and it was built to serve a community of Catholic settlers near the Haţeg area.

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The ‘Movements’ saga started to discover, study, and properly represent great black American music that is at risk of being lost or forgotten.

Today, his illustrious label: Tramp Records, proudly releases the 6th volume of this essential series. Though the track listing still contains amazing music you may never hear elsewhere, the series has matured since its first volume.

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The Bolii Cave has been recently rehabilitated and is now open for visiting. Close to the Bănița Gorges, it’s only a short visit, so why not stop by if you are in the area.

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The Bănița Gorges are incredibly spectacular and easy to get to, but not actually known by many. We got there by accident, when coming back from our trip in the Parâng Mountains. It’s only a 30 minutes trip and the gorges are right on the side of the national road DN66, so if you pass by, there is no reason in the world not to stop and explore the gorges a bit.

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We were planning this trip since last year, but somehow it didn’t find its place in none of the available weekends we had last summer. But, as we had a longer weekend this August, we decided to have this 4 days trip in the Făgăraș mountains (again!) to reach the highest peak of the Romanian Carpathians, the Moldoveanu Peak (2544m). It was not as easy to get there as I imagined in the first place, but looking back now, I feel a great accomplishment that we succeeded (with some effort, both mental and physical, but we did it). In the end, that’s what makes a hiking trip so intense and memorable…mountains are always unpredictable, but they do offer an immense satisfaction to someone who is capable of appreciating beautiful and simple things (or places).

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