Going backDecember 17, 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina ⋅ 🌫 -3 °C
I didn't sit properly in a chair lift this morning, so I had to hold my board outside the lift with both hands. The valley was foggy, but higher we climbed, clearer the sky became. At the very top the sun rays bursted through snow-covered pine branches fighting with fog on their way to eyes of the lucky few sitting at that point in time in that chair lift, a surreal image.
But, my hands were busy, couldn't take my one out in time. Sadness in my eyes and a determination to take the same lift as soon as I descend.
Some half an hour later the chair approached the place, but magic was gone. Fog retreated and sun rays could not be seen. The image you see here is a tribute to that image, taken after the magic was gone.Read more
We had to check out the slopes and ride them once ❄️🏂
Having spent most of the day in Sebeș, recharging, in the late afternoon I moved on. So much excitement over sleeping wherever I see I nice view.
And that feeling of freedom when you can decide you wanna stop here, move 20 m from the road and call it a day!
Every new night spent under the open sky increases our comfort zone.Read more
If we fast forward from the previous wooden church in Hunedoara county, to town of Sebeș in Alba county (both of them in Transylvania), we start seeing more Protestant churches (of which fortified churches are a local specialty). This is the Protestant graveyard.
All the fortified churches #acrossRomania were built by Saxons, who initially came to Transylvania to defend the borders of the Holy Roman Empire (German empire from back in the day) from the East in 13th century and they kept coming throughout later centuries as well.
As all the empires ultimately fell apart (the last one controlling Transylvania was Austrian-Hungarian empire), local Germans and Hungarians found themselves encircled in the middle of Romania, where many of them still live.Read more
Wild camping. Gives me freedom to cycle as late in the evening as I want to and an opportunity to choose what I see in the morning.
In this example, a view to the Mureș river.
What a great way to start my day 4 of this adventure!
So far I've come across blackberries, raspberries, apricots, apples and, pictured below, red plums.
Catering sponsored by mother nature.
En route Sebeș.Read more
The medieval fortress (or, as my phone suggests, an alternative spelling 🏰) in Deva is mentioned in 1269, but a more interesting fact is that it's built on top of a volcano.
On another image is notoriously famous style of residential housing, which finds inspiration in volcanic eruptions, after which all the debris is collected and glued to a house facade (just kidding). Even baroque looks Spartan compared to the amount of decorations on these and similar houses.
And just like that I breezed through Deva and went on to see what lies behind the city.
And across the Mureș river, the scenery becomes much much more idyllic. The high plateau was hypnotizing.Read more