Roșia Montană is, starting 2021, as it well deserves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some more than excellent piece of news that we considered was very much worth celebrating so we took a whole week of vacation (actually 10 days) this summer to spend it in and around the village (not to mention, of course, that we have been regular visitors for years now, regardless of the season).

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For this year’s 1st of June (International Children’s Day) we were looking for a new opportunity to spend some quality family time outdoors with our daughter and a camping trip seemed about right. We combined it with exploring some caves in the Apuseni Mountains and with having some friends with us and it turned out to be quite a nice experience.

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Our small Saxon Trek project got to its third year of existence in 2021. With some changes this time, it was way shorter (a weekend instead of a week) and we managed to convince friends to join us. Beginning of October, with pleasant temperatures, with trees playing with their autumn colors and with the usual Saxon villages and their stories, we walked for about 40 kilometers in two days, avoiding concrete roads but instead following small roads and forest paths.

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Summer is definitely for high altitudes. And the Făgăraș Mountains are so close by, that for us, a few days off from work, a good weather forecast and a couple of friends easily turn into a nice hike up on the ridge.

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Saxon Trek is about discovering the Saxon villages step by step, walking from village to village in search of their personality, discovering their history, culture, traditions and gastronomy. In 2019 we started this journey with a one week of walking in a loop, from one village to another, a 150 kilometers walk, with forests, hills, small villages and quiet all around us. Last year we decided to change a bit the format and instead of a loop, we decided to walk from Sibiu to Sighișoara.

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Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.

The Slow Food Trail (Poteca Slow Food) is a project implemented by Slow Food Sibiu with the aim of bringing children closer to nature, to the village life, to traditions and to the concept of slow living.

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Biking has been one of my favorite outdoor activities since forever (thanks, mom&dad, for buying me my first bike when I was about 7 and getting the chance to spend all of my childhood summers riding a bike in the countryside). In recent years, mostly due to an improper personal time management and to not having the right people around, I almost forgot all about biking for the fun of it ( I use my bike in the city, but it’s purely a practical and easy way to move around).

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Weekends at the Suru Chalet are for sure becoming a tradition for us. We keep saying that for us it’s the perfect mountain escape, especially when we travel with our daughter. 2021 had quite a good kick off for us – we are in the mood for being active and enjoying nature and since snow refused to show its face in the city, it left us no choice but to head towards the mountains for some proper winter scenery.

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Winter this year took a longer time than expected to show its face in the city and at lower altitudes in general in Romania, so it left us no choice but to put our hiking boots on, gather warm clothes in a backpack and head towards the mountains, in search of some proper snow.

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Women in my family have been, for generations, talented and passionate about sewing, weaving and embroidery. Simple women from the countryside, used to working the field to provide food for rather large families, they had a bright intelligence that was not necessarily developed in school, but rather day by day, in figuring out life. They left behind a beautiful heritage, true pieces of art, made with such care to details. They left behind their life stories.

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