July was about hiking and rain. Well, mostly rain. The highlight of the month was supposed to be our 10 days trip to Transylvania. We came back a bit disappointed. We refer to most of our trips as one of the best ones ever, but that week in Transylvania is a good candidate for one of our worst trips so far – for a change.
We are still trying to figure out whether it’s our fault or Transylvania’s. Or it was simply the pouring rain. But the magic just didn’t happen. We wanted to fall in love with mysterious, wild and beautiful Transylvania, and we couldn’t. We were looking forward to coming home instead. Well, we are at home again.
Peleş Castle and Sinaia, Romania. But that’s not to say we liked nothing in Transylvania. Not at all. Our visit to Peleş Castle was one of the few highs. It’s one of the most amazing and elegant castle we’ve ever seen. Inside and outside. And Sinaia is such a lovely small town with some pretty pieces of architecture (in addition to the castle itself), and with views of nearby Bucegi Mountains.
Waterfalls of Transylvania. Despite of the bad weather, we did some short hikes, and they usually led us to pretty waterfalls. We even had some moments of sunshine. We love waterfalls.
Catching a glimpse of a mummy bear and its two cubs. They were right by the road as we drove through Făgăraș Mountains. It was an unexpected and wonderful moment – as most of our wildlife encounters. But we’re happy we were inside the car.
Hiking in Little Fatra, Slovakia. Slovakia is our ultimate favorite place for a weekend hiking trip. This summer we explored the Fatras – and we fell for them. After all the peaks conquered in June, we added another beautiful one to the list in July: Stoh peak (1607 m).
Cancelling most of our longer hikes in Transylvania due to the bad weather. It’s not just that we don’t like rain – though we don’t. But conquering 2000+ meters high mountains peaks in a thunderstorm is dangerous. Even more if you can barely see your own feet in the dense fog. It was not worth the risk, so we gave up on them.
Driving in Romania. Saying that all of the roads in the country are bad wouldn’t be fair. Actually, the motorway is excellent (and it’s quite new). But once you drive up to the mountains… We just got tired of the potholes, the random unpaved sections, and the crazy drivers. But unfortunately, if you hate the driving part of a road trip, well, it kinda sucks.
Choc Mountains, Slovakia
Little Fatra National Park, Slovakia
Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Retezat Mountains, Romania
Făgăraș Mountains, Romania
Székely Land, Romania
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Coming up in August
No longer trip planned for August. We’d love to do a lot of short hiking trips in nearby countries, particularly in Slovakia, Slovenia and Austria. Oh, actually, in Hungary, too. And we may go on a castle hunt, as well, this time in Slovakia. Never heard of castles in Slovakia? It’s not Slovakia’s fault. But don’t worry, we’ll tell you about them.
How was your July? What are your plans for the next month?