In an attempt to spend more time outdoors with our daughter and driven by a personal childhood dream, this summer we spent 3 nights in a remote, yet easy to reach by car, sort of wooden tree cottage, with noting else around, but trees, pastures and all the attractions that nature provides: fresh air, beautiful views, lots of plants, insects and mushrooms to observe and discover.

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One of Romania’s touristic attractions is for sure the Danube River. It is also the Southern Romanian border for 1075 kilometers, getting to the South-Eastern part of the country and creating an unique landscape in Europe – the Danube Delta. Unfortunately, this river is not touristically exploited at its maximum potential and there are only a few places where you can actually go and enjoy the view, do boat tours, and taste the local food based on fresh fish.

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Cabana Urlea was, until it got so deteriorated, one of the most important access points to the Făgăraș Mountains Ridge, when hiking from East to West. Now it’s just a ruin, but hiking there is still a pleasure, so we planned a day trip beginning of June. It was just after the COVID state of emergency was over, so we were desperately looking forward for some proper hiking.

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Here we are in the last day of our trip, traveling from Alma Vii to Mihăileni for just a couple of hours and waiting for our ride back home, to city life.

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We are slowly getting to the end of our trip, here we are in our 6th day of trekking, going from Richiş to Alma Vii, through the forests and over the pastures, for about 15 kilometers and 5 hours in total.

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We left Mălâncrav early in the morning aiming to get to Richiș by the afternoon. We walked almost 30 kilometres in total for the day and an elevation of 793 meters, so a lot of hills going up and down.

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The Suru Chalet is definitely our favorite chalet in the Făgăraș Mountains and with good reason: very nice hosts, always friendly and smiling, excellent accommodation, clean and comfy, delicious food, kids friendly place, a perfect view, and small enough to feel like you’re actually visiting your family. We’re visiting this place at least once a year because of all the reasons above, but also because it’s quite close to Sibiu and easy to reach for us. This year we went up there again to spend a sunny and warm September weekend with friends, while helping in preparing a dinner with ingredients found mainly in the mountains area.

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Gastronomy was one of the main reasons we decided to visit Georgia. With influences from the Caucasus region, Eastern Europe, the Mediteranean area and the Middle East, it looked like our favorite mix of flavors, spices and herbs.

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Tbilisi needed less than 2 days to convince us that it deserves to be in our top cities in Europe to come back to and explore more. We had the same connection with this place as we have been having with Belgrade for the last couple of years. Still not very touristic, super easy to walk around, lots of cool places to eat out and drink, very decent prices, excellent vibe.

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Our 5th day in Georgia was dedicated to exploring a bit the area around Kutaisi. As there’s plenty to see in the region, monasteries, caves, canyons, lots of forests and roads going up and down, we had a full day of staying outdoor, walking a lot and admiring the view.

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