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Turn those knobs!  Bend those pipes!
Turn those knobs!
Bend those pipes!

The glorious Transfagarasan

constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu. It came as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. Consequently, the road was built mainly with military forces, at a high cost both financially and from a human standpoint—roughly 6 million kilograms of dynamite were used on the northern face, and the official records mention that about 40 soldiers lost their lives in building accidents.The road climbs to 2,034 metres altitude. The most spectacular route is from the North. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. The Transfăgărășan is both an attraction and a challenge for hikers, cyclists, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

I’m proud to say one of my pictures is now photo of the week on Alpinet, a Romanian mountain climbing and tourism site. Oh, happy day. Busy time these last few weeks, and lots to upload with more to follow, i might actually start writing too, add little stories to the pictures, possibly some tips and observations about photography.

Until next time, i’ll leave you with the shot from alpinet: