After breakfast, we’ll drive along Transfagarasan and pass the banks of Vidraru Lake and stop for see sight on the Vidraru Dam.
This is the road that fascinated Top Gear members when they visited Romania. Have a look on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwMEX0jgPxE and/or https://vimeo.com/8010978
On the road we will visit the Poienari Fortress. The ruins of Poienari Fortress stand high on a cliff overlooking the Arges River, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Built at the beginning of the 13th century by the first Walachian rulers, the castle changed names and residents a few times over the decades; eventually, it was abandoned and left in ruins. Vlad Tepes recognized the potential of the location and upon taking over the throne, he ordered that the structure be repaired and consolidated, turning it into one of his main fortresses.
The castle ruins can be reached after climbing the 1,462 steps.
On our way to Ranca we’ll make a short stop to Curtea de Arges city, where we’ll visit Curtea de Arges Monastery. The legend of master Manole”, which is directly connected to the name of the monastery, says that the ruler hired the greatest masters to build the place of worship. But all that they had built during the day fell apart during the night. So one night Manole had a dream, showing him that the construction would resist only if he built his wife in one of the walls. The next day, when his wife Ana came to bring him the food, Manole built her in the South wall. Now, the Curtea de Arges Monastery stands up due to this sacrifice.
Our road continues to Ramnicu Valcea and stops for a short time for a visit of Horezu Monastery.
The Horezu Monastery or Hurezi Monastery was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu in the town of Horezu, Wallachia, Romania. It is considered to be a masterpiece of "Brâncovenesc style", known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorative works.
This area is well known for ceramic pots.
Horezu ceramics are a unique traditional craft. Handmade in the northern part of Vâlcea County, Romania, they reflect generations of knowledge and craftsmanship.
Men and women generally divide the fabrication processes. Men select and extract the earth, which is then cleaned, cut, watered, kneaded, trampled and mixed – transforming it into a clay body from which the potters of Horezu produce a red pottery. The potters then shape each object with a special finger technique requiring concentration, strength and agility. Each person has his own method of shaping, but everyone respects the sequence of operations. The women decorate the objects using specific techniques and tools to draw traditional motifs. Their skill in combining decoration and color defines the personality and uniqueness of these ceramics. The colors are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’. The object is then fired. The potters use traditional tools: a mixer for cleaning the earth, a potter’s wheel and comb for shaping, a hollowed-out bull’s horn and a fine wire-tipped stick for decoration, and a wood-burning stove for firing. The craft is transmitted through families, in workshops from master to apprentice, and at fairs and exhibitions. The element gives the community a sense of identity, while maintaining a social function in everyday existence.
The next stop will be in Ranca, a touristic resort located at the base of the Transalpina, the highest road in Romania.
Dinner and overnight in a 3 stars guesthouse.