A 3.2 km Spring walk through Feleacu Village, RomaniaACTIVITIES, EUROPE, MIND&HEART, WALKING/HIKING — By Estrella Azul on July 23, 2016 at 22:02
Text & photos © Estrella Azul
THE OTHER DAY I needed to take a moment to brag: I walked 6.9 km, and biked 6.4 km, which brought the total to 13.3 km in just one afternoon!
This reminded me of the time I was tutoring English while holding down three other jobs, and used to walk to all of them.
I tutored two siblings who lived in Feleacu Village, just outside of Cluj-Napoca. For every class held, I would walk 2.1 km through the city to get to the bus stop, ride the bus to the village, and then walk 1.6 km to get to my students’ house located on a hill.
Needless to say, I walked back, too.
I love days which are sunny and bright, yet one doesn’t feel like walking in an oven.
That walk totaling 3.2 km through the village was the most fun and relaxing part of my outing, since I was outside of the city, in the peace and quiet nature provides.
The most iconic scene from Feleacu Village is its orthodox church and monastery, called Sf. Paraschiva. The church was finalized in 1516, and it was built in the place of an old wooden church. It was renovated following Hungarian architect Károly Kós’s plans in 1925, when the tower was also added.
Many couples have their wedding ceremony here, because of the beauty of this place. See the feature photo (to the right and above) for a different angle of the monastery.
The dirt roads are tricky to walk or drive on during the winter when there’s fresh snow covering the frozen, icy rocks (I should know, I fell four times in one afternoon in January 2011!), but as soon as the weather lets up, it’s a joy to stroll down them. With the main road left far behind, there is virtually no traffic.
All sorts of flowers adorn the sides of the roads and people’s gardens, making the already picturesque village even more inviting.
Aside from taking in Nature in all of its spring glory, I was drawn in by the stacks of firewood along the side of the houses. I’m positive there is an art, and most likely a science, to stacking firewood into a woodpile.
And then there is the fact that, even in the 21st century, most homes don’t come with central heating in villages like this!
Ever since I first started tutoring them, I admired the hen and chicks plants my students’ mother had planted along the pathway leading up to their house. That day, I took pictures of the plants while chatting with her, and she picked some chicks for me to take home.
Some five years later, I still have those same hen and chicks plants in my terracotta pots, and have gifted chicks along to my friends.
They are the perfect no-fuss plants for large and small yards alike, I think, especially since they stay green and colorful all year round!
Estrella Azul is a young emerging writer, passionate about reading, floral art and photography, with an artistic personality and a soulful outlook on life. She is a Hungarian girl living and writing from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the capital of historical region Transylvania. Estrella is our European correspondent, she currently serves as the photo editor here at Milliver’s Travels, and she dreams of embarking on a round-the-world trip. To read more of her creative writing, her thoughts and daily happenings, visit Life’s a stage – WebBlog©. Read more of her stories on Milliver’s Travels by visiting Estrella’s story index.