„I haven’t found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best of my life is moving. I look forward to going.” This is one of Sir Sean Connery’s most iconic quotes. Btw, RIP Sean Connery! 🙁
And King Solomon who wrote Ecclesiastes tells us that: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”
As the Coronavirus will impact our lives in the foreseeable future, especially now that we are traveling less, we must get used to this new way of living, this new modus vivendi, but let’s never forget that life is not just following Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, not just about having most basic needs met, life is also about discovering, about ambiance, about traditions, about joie de vivre.
We just returned from a trip to the mountains, we discovered some country villages of a beauty hard to describe. In the region of Transylvania, right in the center of Romania, at an altitude of around 1300 meters there are many scattered mountain villages, in the middle of the Rucăr-Bran Pass, along European route E574.
You can see some photos taken on this journey
Maybe you can’t enjoy anymore the perfect conditions with dedicated workspaces, high-speed internet, premium ergonomic chairs, fully equipped conference room, and complimentary coffee & water, but what if you stay in the safety of a small rural village in beautifully restored rooms & houses, savor delicious meals & wines in a cozy place and experience truly personalized hospitality?
We must be aware that we live differently than our ancestors. We live in hermetically. Inside. Fewer and fewer people feel the need/tend to leave their devices and truly enjoy nature and experience a real journey. And that is not ok.
Imagine what a break would be like getting outside ~ so good for your head, heart, and health. Hard to beat a run or walk at the beginning or end of the day to clear your head and move your body.
If you’re feeling frustrated that things have been ticking over, but not moving forwards how you’d like, don’t wait to feel energized and motivated before you took action, it is just not working. Make a change today. Start small. Baby steps can lead to big dreams becoming reality. Change your environment! Nothing changes if nothing changes!
Take a weekend off and see how good you’ll feel after. When you travel somewhere for the first time, you feel that you are doing something different, that you have never done before, even if you have already been to many places, now it is a new place, you discover new people, new things.
Do not hesitate to ask us for advice about places to visit or where to eat or stay.
This is our first post on our blog, we try now a new approach, we want to share our travel advice, not just posts on Facebook with pictures from our travels, but rather travel tips, useful information. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
May you be blessed in your life!
If you want more information about where to stay and what to do continue reading
About where to stay
Carpe Diem is a holiday home set in Fundata and features garden views. Although we did not stay here, since is rented at full capacity having 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a bath and a shared lounge area, we saw it listed on the booking with a score of 9.8 on Booking. The pictures are taken from Booking and here is the link to the property.
Whatever you choose, we recommend little pensions, also if you are not very demanding, consider staying with a local host, there are plenty of options or rent a holiday home like the one we have shown, just as simple precautions to reduce your chances of being infected with COVID-19
About what to do and places to see
There are also many places with views, panoramic view, absolutely instagramable. Honestly, any place in the Fundata, Pestera, Sirnea, Fundatica, Ciocanu offers an extraordinary view. Here is a view from the terrace of Padina Ursului pension classified 5 daisies, where we stayed for 3 days.
Once in the area, you have countless alternatives.
You can visit the Dambovicioara Gorges, they are really spectacular with nice landscapes. Just a corner of heaven that deserves to be cherished and cared for.
A great experience would be to visit the locals, see their lifestyle, daily occupations, and possibly have a meal with them. Here we are at Marioara in Sirnea, serving a local bulz and some delicious donuts.
But, hey! Just watching the sky, away from city lights and hustle and bustle, the stars are better seen than anywhere else. In the morning, at sunrise, listen to the birds waking up for a new day. The life of the birds in the area is amazing and you will have the chance to see a wide variety of species. Take lots of pictures.
Here you can find a great diversity of flowers, shrubs, and plants, not far from the village. The villages of Sirnea, Fundata, Ciocanu, Pestera are a perfect place to explore, learn, and broaden your horizons.
Also, you can rent a mountain bike, walk through the village among horse-drawn carts, discover unpaved meadows, enjoy the natural products of the area.