Măneciu (România)

For bigger size click on the map

  • Country: România
  • County: Prahova
  • County status: Commune
  • Population: 11.450
  • Location: Teleajen Valley (50 km north of Ploieşti)
  • Altitude: 600-800 m (Depression)
  • Climate: Subalpine
  • Distance from Bucharest:  123 km (road) 110 km (railway)
  • Acces roads:
  1. DN1 Bucureşti – Ploieşti, DN1A Ploieşti – Cheia – Braşov
  2. DN1A Braşov – Cheia
  3. Railway: Bucureşti – Ploieşti, Ploieşti – Măneciu

Travel journal

What can cheer you up after a period full of exams and stress? Of course a little and welcome journey :). Obviously, it came the big question: „where?”. After we took into consideration many variants he had the answer: Maneciu, Prahova county. Then it was a day searching information about the place, maps, photos and so on.

The big day came. 🙂 Our train leaves at 7.01 from the North station, so we should woke up at almost six o’ clock to be on time. We were a little bit in late because of me 😀 (tehnical sleeping problems) 🙂  and we needed to change the plan and to take another train that leaves at half past seven. It was a very confortable accelerat train that in 45 minutes was in West Ploiesti station.

The full ticket price was 10 lei. In 10 minutes we must catch the other train from the station South Ploiesti. We took a taxi and with 5 lei, in 5 minutes, we were there. We bought tickets – 5.7 lei it was the full price – and in other two minutes we was in the personal train running to Maneciu. In almost 2 hours we entered the little station called „Maneciu Ungureni”.

After taking some photos at the station we went inside the township. We stopped in the back of the station to have a fresh beer at the comunal inn: a simple place, with simple people, with a great cheap beer called „Ciucas”, only 2 lei. The beer was finished, the „one-piece” cigarette was smoked and we took the road to the dam. We ask some people how to arrive, they was kind and explained us with details the way that we should follow.

In almost 30 minutes we were riding the dam, having in the right part a beautiful landscape with the lake sourounded by the mountains. We had a walk around the lake on mountain roads, taking photos and enjoying that fresh air and wonderful outlook. It was a trailer near the lake arranged as a small house, it must be quite nice to life in a place like that.

We were staying on the bank of the lake dreaming how beautiful would be to move there after years. But the time flies fastly and when we consulted the clock it was around 15.30. In almost an hour we had the train to Ploiesti. Walking to the station we asked people about a place to stay during the night, because we want to go back to stay some days to explore better the zone.

Again in the train. Half of time we slept. We arrived in South Ploiesti and find a train to went back to Bucharest cheaper then it was in the morning, a personal train with 5.7 lei ticket. After one hour and a half we was back in the capital taking the subway. The single thing we wanted was a warm bed. 🙂


National flag on Teleajen Valley

Inside the old Personal (P) train from Ploieşti to Mâneciu - second class

Vălenii de Munte railway station

Viaduct on Teleajen Valley

Măneciu railway station (end of the railway-km 51 from Ploieşti)

The timetable panel in Măneciu

Old well

Near the railway station

The center

Nice apartment house in the center (Down it is the Post Office)

Traditional house

Other nice house (down there is a supermarket)

Town Hall

On the way to Mâneciu Dam

Other nice house

Old traditional house

Old boyar manor

Lions

Well

House

Belfry

Orthodox Church (1859)

Flags

Teleajen River (downstream - exit from the dam)

Photo from up

Photo from up (Downstream - Teleajen Valley)

Swimmer

The lake

Protection zone (Forbiden to swimm, to navigate on the lake, to feed animals and to throw any garbage there)

Forest

Road marker

Accumulation lake (Volume: 60,00 km3 - Surface: 1,92 km2 - Lenght: 4,00 km - Area of catchment: 247,00 km2)

Here you can catch some good trouts 🙂

Road

Barbed wire

Down the road

Private area

Vegetation

Firewood

Sweet Violet

House

Type: Earth dam - Lenght of dam: 750 m - Height of dam: 75 m - Foundation: Rock - Type of watertight: Core

Rocks and vegetation

The exit of the Teleajen River from the dam

Traffic light in the center of Măneciu

In train, second class (return)

Full ticket price at Personal train (P), second class is 5.7 Romanian LEI - 1.34 EURO. Duration: almost 2 hours

Tree of life

Between forest and the lake

Predeal (România)

Predeal is between Ploieşti and Braşov

Predeal is between Ploieşti and Braşov (for a better view of the map, click on the picture)

Predeal (Hungarian: Predeál, German: Schanzpass) is a town in Romania, in Braşov County.

An important mountain resort, Predeal is located on the Prahova Valley and is surrounded by five massifs: Postăvarul, Piatra Mare, Bucegi, Baiului and Fiţifoi.

The name is derived from the Romanian archaic form „pre deal” which means „on the hill” or from the Slavic word „predel„, which means „bound„, „limit„.

In the late years the town has known a remarkable boom in construction, with many well-off people from all over the country, having a mountain retreat in Predeal.

Predeal is the highest town in Romania with an altitude between 1033m-1110m.

William of Wied, Prince of Albania, died here in 1945. Predeal was the hometown of one of Romania’s less known poets, Mihail Săulescu.

Source: Wikipedia

Tourist Information centre in Predeal

Tourist Information centre in Predeal

A map of Predeal and surroundings

A map of Predeal and surroundings

Constantine and Helena Orthodox Church in Predeal

Constantine and Helena Orthodox Church in Predeal

BRD - Groupe Société Générale building in Predeal

BRD - Groupe Société Générale building in Predeal

Sinaia (România)

Click on the map for more details

Click on the map for more details

Sinaia is a town and a mountain resort in Romania. The town was named after Sinaia Monastery, around which it was built; the monastery in turn is named after the Biblical Mount Sinai.

King Carol I of Romania built his summer home, Peleş Castle, near the town.

Sinaia is about 60 km northwest of Ploieşti and 50 km south of Braşov, in a mountainous area on the Prahova River valley, just east of the Bucegi Mountains. The altitude varies between 767 m and 860 m.

The city is a popular destination for hiking and winter sports, especially downhill skiing. Among the tourist landmarks, the most important are Peleş Castle, Pelişor Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Sinaia Casino, Sinaia train station, and the Franz Joseph and Saint Anne Cliffs.

Sinaia was also the summer residence of the Romanian composer George Enescu, who stayed at the Luminiş villa.

Source: Wikipedia

The Sinaia Monastery was founded by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai. As of 2005 it is inhabited by 13 Christian Orthodox monks led by hegumen Macarie Bogus. It belongs to the archdiocese of Bucharest.

The Sinaia Monastery was founded by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai. As of 2005 it is inhabited by 13 Christian Orthodox monks led by hegumen Macarie Bogus. It belongs to the archdiocese of Bucharest.

The belltower

The belltower.

On the road to the Elevation 1400

On the road to the Elevation 1400.

Under the gondola lift

You are in Prahova Valley 🙂

Down you can see the city Sinaia

Below you can see the city Sinaia.

Elevation 1400

Elevation 1400.

Inside of Mioriţa Hut (1960 m)

Inside of Mioriţa Hut (1960 m).

Buşteni (România)

The city is marked with green line, just between Ploieşti and Braşov

The city is marked with green line, just between Ploieşti and Braşov (click on the picture for bigger size)

Buşteni is a small mountain town in the north of the county Prahova, in the center of Romania. It is located in the Prahova Valley, at the bottom of the Bucegi mountains, that have a maximum altitude of 2505 m.

Its name literally means tree-logs in Romanian.

Buşteni’s average altitude is 900 m. It is one of the most popular mountain resorts, offering spectacular views, with lots of year-round tourism opportunities, ranging from skiing to mountain climbing.

The town and the surrounding mountains were the site of military confrontations in 1916, during World War I.

A large commemorative monument (about 25 m high), Heroes’ Cross (Crucea Eroilor) lies atop nearby Caraiman Peak, at nearly 2,260 m. The monument is lighted at night and is visible from virtually everywhere in Buşteni.

The average population is 15,000 inhabitants, although numbers vary greatly because of tourism. The main local industries are wood industry and tourism. Many holiday houses have been recently built in the town.

Also a new Information Tourism Center was set up near the City Hall.

Source: Wikipedia

A board which confirms that Busteni is similar to a french city, Moissy Cramayel

A board which confirms that Busteni is similar to a french city, Moissy Cramayel

 The Town Hall of Busteni

The Town Hall of Busteni

The cultural club from Busteni,the advertisment announces the beginning of the cultural week (10-18 august 2009)

The cultural club from Busteni,the advertisment announces the beginning of the cultural week (10-18 august 2009)

The main road that takes us to Brasov :-P

The main road that takes us to Brasov 😛

A "small" artistic moment captured in Nature :)

A "small" artistic moment captured in Nature 🙂

 Heroes Cross from Caraiman Peak seen in Busteni

Heroes Cross from Caraiman Peak seen in Busteni

How to protect better the Nature (Do not throw the rubbish in the forest!).Unfortunately, this message is respected by all  the tourists.

How to protect the Nature (Do not throw the garbage in the forest!). Unfortunately, this message is not respected by all tourists.

A mioritic picture caught in a quite,green angle (specific to this region),captured on the road to gondola lift

A mioritic picture caught in a quite,green angle (specific to this region),captured on the road to gondola lift

On the road which goes to gondola lift.Here you can find a lot of arbors with traditional romanian souvenirs,bars and restaurants

On the road which goes to gondola lift.Here you can find a lot of arbors with traditional Romanian souvenirs,bars and restaurants

A view of mountains in front of gondola lift start,near to Silva Hotel

A view of mountains in front of gondola lift point,near to Silva Hotel

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

Some nice donkeys sitting near the exit from gondola lift.We think they were ready for another road on the mountains 🙂

Such a silent and cold panorama surrounded us during our short excursion.You must take something warm to put on you if you don't want to get frozen ;)

Such a silent and cold panorama surrounded us during our short excursion.You must take something warm to put on you if you don't want to get frozen 😉

Down,to the right, on a band long for one kilometre outspreads an inexplicable positive magnetical field,so you get immediately fresh,no mater how tired you are!

Near to this zone,is an inexplicable positive magnetical field,so you can get immediately fresh,no mater how tired you are!

The pathway that goes to the Sphinx; to the right you see a hotel with a large restaurant down (the prices are not so high)

The pathway that goes to the Sphinx; to the right you see Babele Hut with a large restaurant down and a hotel (the prices are not so high)

Another "high view" at 2205 meters

Another "high view" at 2205 meters

A millennial natural monumental rock climbed by people...

A millennial natural monumental rock climbed by people...

An ancient altar of our ancestors..

An ancient altar of our ancestors..

Another extraordinary panoramic view!

Another extraordinary panoramic view!

A little tusk of frail beauty,between these imposing rocks

A little Viola flower

The Sphinx-an ancient sacred place;even the plate says that climbing on it is forbidden,a lot of people don't pay attention to it.

The Sphinx-an ancient sacred place;even the plate says that climbing on it is forbidden,a lot of people don't pay attention to it.

Circular sanctuary near the Sphinx

Circular sanctuary near the Sphinx

The Sphink,picture taken in a perfect angle!

The Sphink,picture taken in a perfect angle!

Surrounded by all these beauties,feeling the fresh,cold air and the silent settled around,you just can't stop making panoramic photos!

Surrounded by all these beauties,feeling the fresh,cold air and the silent settled around,you just can't stop making panoramic photos!

Another panoramic view...

Another panoramic view...

Babele (meaning old women)-another mystical rocks;some people believe it's an ancient historical monument, others that it's just the resulf of erosion.

Babele (meaning Old Women); another mystical rocks; some people believe it's an ancient historical monument, others that it's just the resulf of erosion.

An interesting cute mushroom noticed near rocks.It looks like a golden egg,doesn't it?

An interesting cute mushroom noticed near rocks.It looks like a golden egg,doesn't it?

 The place from where we take the gondola lift to bring us down (it takes 10 minutes to descend)

The place from where we take the gondola lift to bring us down (it takes 11 minutes to descend)

The "extremity" point of this part of mountains-from here,it starts to lower,to lower, to lower..

The "extremity" point of this part of mountains-from here,it starts to descent quickly...

The next attraction captured in gondola lift

The next attraction captured in gondola lift

The HUGE crowd-all these persons wait the gondola lift to descend,crowd longer than 50 meters (the same treatement expects you down,we waited more than an hour to take gondola lift).The whole ticket costs 54 lei-13 euros

The HUGE crowd-all these persons wait the gondola lift to descend,crowd longer than 50 meters (the same treatement expects you down,we waited more than an hour to take gondola lift).The whole ticket costs 54 lei-13 euros

Silva Hotel,a pretty expensive place to spend your vacations..

Silva Hotel,a pretty expensive place to spend your vacations..

Appartament houses in Busteni

Appartament houses in Busteni

A sweet,living dummy cat sleeping in a shopwindow which takes the glance of everyone who pass through..

A sweet,living dummy cat sleeping in a shopwindow which takes the glance of everyone who pass through..

Costila-the new commercial center opened recently in Busteni

Costila-the new commercial center opened recently in Busteni

Braşov (România)

Click on the map for more informations about the city

Click on the map for more informations about the city

Braşov (Hungarian: Brassó; German: Kronstadt; Medieval Latin: Brassovia or Corona; 1950-1960: Oraşul Stalin) is a city in Romania and the capital of Braşov County, with a population of 284,596, according to the 2002 census, is the 8th largest Romanian city.

Braşov is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km from Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, and is part of the Transylvania region.

The city is notable for hosting the Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) international music festival.

Source: Wikipedia

In the centre...

In the centre...

A nice green view

A nice green view

A street which lead to the Old centre

A street which lead to the Old centre

The Hollywood-like sign on top of Mt. Tâmpa

The Hollywood-like sign on top of Mt. Tâmpa

An old building near to the Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

An old building near to the Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului) where Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) festival will take place

Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului) where Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) festival will take place

Tâmpa Mountain from Braşov Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

Tâmpa Mountain from Braşov Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

The house were Joseph II and Francis I live (Holy Roman Emperors)

The house were Joseph II and Francis I live (Holy Roman Emperors)

Casa Sfatului ("The mayor's former office building"). Here was the administration from Braşov for more than 500 years.

Casa Sfatului ("The mayor's former office building"). Here was the administration from Braşov for more than 500 years.

Biserica Neagră or Black Church (German: Schwarze Kirche; Romanian: Biserica Neagră; Hungarian: Fekete templom)

Biserica Neagră or Black Church (German: Schwarze Kirche; Romanian: Biserica Neagră; Hungarian: Fekete templom)

Bell tower

Bell tower

Johannes Honter

Johannes Honter was a Siebenbuerger Saxon (Saxon humanist and theologian. Honter is best known for his geographic and cartographic publishing activity, as well as for implementing the Lutheran reform in Transylvania.

One of the lateral entrance to the church

One of the lateral entrance to the church

Small statues outside of church

Small statues outside of church

True Gothic style...

True Gothic style...

Other sculptures

Other sculptures

Social Democratic Party in right place :)

Social Democratic Party in right place 🙂

Other photo from the Braşov Main Square "Council Square" (Piaţa Sfatului)

Other photo from the Braşov Main Square "Council Square" (Piaţa Sfatului)

In the same building is History Museum of the city

In the same building is History Museum of the city

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ("Adormirea Maicii Domnului")

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ("Adormirea Maicii Domnului")