Transfărgărășan, Romania 🇷🇴
This road trip is one of the most beautiful I've done during the last 7 months traveling in Europe. The weather was definitely not the best, so the pictures are not that good, but just Google "Transfagarasan" and look how it looks like in a sunny day.
The Transfăgărășan is a paved mountain road crossing the southern section of the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. The road, built in the early 1970s as a strategic military route, connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia.
It was constructed between 1970 and 1974 during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case of a Soviet invasion. At the time, Romania already had several strategic mountain passes through the Southern Carpathians. These passes, however, were mainly through river valleys, and would be easy for the Soviets to block and attack. Ceauşescu therefore ordered the construction of a road across the Făgăraş Mountains, which divide northwestern and southern Romania.
Built mainly by military forces, the road had a high financial and human cost. Work was carried out in an alpine climate, at an elevation of 2,000 metres, using roughly six million kilograms of dynamite, and employing junior military personnel who were untrained in blasting techniques. Many workers died; official records state that only 40 soldiers lost their lives, but unofficial estimates by workers put the number in the hundreds.
The Transfăgărășan was featured in a segment of the British TV show Top Gear, in the first episode of Series 14. Host Jeremy Clarkson proclaimed that the Transfăgărășan was "the best road in the world".
Pic 1-4: The Transfăgărășan.
Pic 5: The Vidraru dam.
Pic 6: The Vidraru river.
Video 1: The Transfăgărășan.
Video 2: A cascade we found on the way
Video 3: The Vidraru dam
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