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The Chocolates Of Life

Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." These are the chocolates of our lives.

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[Romania] Râmețului Gorges

Summer weekend, perfect weather forecast, in the mood for sleeping under the stars, but also for doing some proper workout. Enough reasons to leave from work one Friday afternoon directly to the Râmețului Gorges (Cheile Râmețului).

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[Romania] The Făgăraș Mountain Ridge from Bâlea to Turnu Roșu

Hiking the Făgăraș Mountains ridge is, let’s say, one of the main goals of any true hiker and mountains passionate from Romania (although nowadays you meet mostly foreigners on the peaks). The Făgăraș Mountains are the highest in Romania, with heights reaching 2500m and the ridge is the longest in the country – about 90 kilometers.

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[Romania] Bacon and Red Onions at Cristian Fortified Church

Mid-November, when normally we would begin our winter hibernation, we still found enough energy to go out of the house and enjoy a special brunch organized by My Transylvania. They organize the open-air brunches in the rural areas around Sibiu, mostly during warm season, starting with the end of spring, throughout the summer and ending with the first cold days of the autumn.

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[Romania] The Slimnic (Stolzenburg) Citadel

Our last stop from the second road trip through the Saxon villages was Slimnic, also known as Stolzenburg.  Slimnic is on the way from Sibiu to Mediaș, two important cities in the South of Transylvania. In the medieval period the road connecting them was constantly under threat of enemy attacks.

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[Romania] Axente Sever Fortified Church

On the road from Mediaş to Sibiu there is a village with an unusual name called Axente Sever. Until 1933 the name of the village was Frâua (Frauendorf in German and Asszonyfalva in Hungarian). The new name comes from Ioan Axente an important figure of the Transylvanian Revolution of 1848. He was born in the village and hence the authorities gave his name to the village in 1933. The first mention of the village comes from 1305.

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[Romania] Valea Viilor Fortified Church

Valea Viilor (English – Vineyard Valley) got its name exactly because the Saxons living here were producing quality wine. The hills surrounding the village were perfect for having vineyards and the sun helped the grapes ripe exactly as much as needed so the wine had an excellent taste.

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[Romania] Moșna Fortified Church

From 1283 dates the first official document mentioning the Moșna village (German – Meschen, Hungarian – Muzsna), but archeological discoveries in the area found evidences of this area being inhabited as early as the I – III centuries.

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[Romania] Dealu Frumos Fortified church

We arrived in the Dealu Frumos village on a Saturday evening during one of our tours through the Saxon villages from the Hârtibaciu Valley. Dealu Frumos (Schönberg in German) is said to be in the exact center of the country. The first mention of the village was in 1280 in a sales document and the author was writing “happy is the wonderful town in peacetime …”

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[Romania] Merghindeal Fortified Church

The third stop on our second journey through the saxon villages was Merghindeal. In the old documents the settlement was called Marienthal (Maria’s Valley). The legend says that a young woman called Maria helped the Saxon colonists find the place where they would build their village and so they named the village after her.

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