I think autumn was the season we never got the chance to go hiking and after this trip, I’m still deciding which season I like more for hiking – spring with everything turning green and so many flowers, summer with its clear skies and mild weather, autumn with the forest full of burgundy tones or winter with its never ending snow.

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We’re getting older… or wiser. Or we’re starting to enjoy other things in life. Or better yet said, other experiences. Experiences that last longer, that we forget harder, that get stuck in our hearts and heads for months, that make us smile when we think about them. Experiences that, after they’re over, make us say: ‘It was perfect, we have to do it again!’.

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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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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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As we’re so in love with mountains and hiking, our 1st of May trip couldn’t have ended without exploring some mountains in the area, so we dedicated our last day of the trip to hiking in the Siloșului and Plaiului Gorges.

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Part of our 1st of May trip in the Rimetea area, we also took a walk to the ruins of the Colțești or Trascău fortress. Situated just outside the Colțești village (3 km from Rimetea), you can reach the fortress after a 30 – 45 minutes walk.

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The Colibiţa Lake is a quite recent discovery on the touristic attractions map of Romania, but it has quickly become a real hype for everyone. It is suggested to go there during summer time, because it’s also called ‘ the sea at the mountains’, but we decided to take advantage of a extended 4 days weekend in January and explore the area around this beautiful lake.

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Here we are, at the end of another great year for us… It’s the holidays, the baby is already sleeping and the glass of wine that I’m drinking, relaxed on the couch, listening to the IFM Top X, made me decide to make a review of all the places that we managed to see this year.

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Buila-Vânturariţa is, still, one of the hidden gems of Romania. I’m sure that this will not be for long, so I’m happy that we finally managed to get to this place and had such a nice weather and perfect companion to explore the area for one weekend.

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Finally back on the ridge of these beautiful Romanian Mountains. This trip was so much planned, that just a few days before I wasn’t even so sure we would actually make it happen. But in the end it did happen and it was probably one of the most beautiful and amazing hiking trips we had ever.

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The trapeze made by Moldoveanu (2543 m) & Viştea Mare (2527 m) peaks, seen from Urlea peak

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