We, eastern christians (orthodox christians) celebrated Easter this year on May 5th. So, on this short holiday, we went to Oradea where part of my girlfriend’s family lives. Oradea is 600 km (about 380 miles) from Bucharest, in the northwestern part of Romania, only 10 km from the border with Hungary. It is a big city (more than 220,000 population) that lies exactly where the hills end and the Pannonia Plains begin, on the river Crisul Repede (the Fast Cris), that crosses exactly the centre of the city. Oradea is a medieval city, with baroque and gothic buildings, and also with lots of clubs and cafes and very nice people. For some photos go here http://www.oradea-online.ro/oradea/2/galeria_oradea1.htm (unfortunately I couldn’t find a website with photos in english, so click on 'Albumul urmator >>' below right to get to the next gallery). Another link would be www.oradea.ro, which contains some english text, but few photos. Ok, back to confluence hunting.
On May 6th we decided to visit N47E22. We were a pretty large group: myself, my girlfriend Andra, her brother Mihnea, their cousins from Oradea and a friend of them. We took road 76/E79 to Deva, crossed the village of Sanmartin and turned left to Baile 1 Mai (1 Mai Spa). Baile 1 Mai is known for its hot-water springs (lots of swimming-pools there). Same for Baile Felix (Felix Spa) nearby. In fact the city of Oradea is heated with thermal water, which is plenty around these parts, you just have to dig for it. At the sign that says Baile 1 Mai (just half a mile after turning left from road 76/E79) we turned again left and entered the village of Rontau. We were already in the hilly region, so the road climbed up to Rontau, which lies on top of a hill. While driving along the village’s main road the GPS showed us the direction right ahead, and after two minutes, just few hundred meters from the end of the village, we reached the spot (photo #3).
The confluence lies right on the main road of Rontau, just in front of the pentecostal church (in fact the pentecostal church lies inside of a house, probably the pentecostal community isn’t too large – photo #4). On both sides there were houses, backwards we could see the road, only in front of us another forested hill could be seen, as the main road climbes down the hill, exiting the village. The elevation was 179 meters.
You can see the view eastwards in the main picture (photo #1). The road exits Rontau and climbs down the hill, so we could see another hill. Down in the valley you can see some buildings from Baile 1 Mai. Photo #2 needs no explanation. Photo #5 looks south-eastwards and shows two Rontau houses: a typical one and a new built one (the house with 2 storeys). Photo #7 shows the way we got there, along the main road. You can see some more houses. The local 'food source' is shown in photo #6.
Next day we left for Bucharest and on the way we visited N47E23.
In mica vacanta dintre 1 – 7 mai am sarbatorit Pastele la Oradea, la familia prietenei mele. Mese, sprituri, strand (la Baile 1 Mai, bazin cu valuri, apa termala), tot tacimul. Cafenele, baruri si cluburi destule, magazine ieftine si cu marfa buna, oras frumos (am pus 2 linkuri la varianta engleza, mai exista si google). Pe data de 6 mai, dupa un strand la Baile 1 Mai, am decis sa bifam si 47N22E, aflata in apropiere, asa ca plecind de la strand am facut-o usor dreapta spre Rontau (din Oradea se ajunge iesind pe DN76/E79 Oradea – Deva, dupa Sanmartin, care este primul sat dupa Oradea, stinga spre Baile 1 Mai si la monumentul unde scrie cu litere mari de tabla Baile 1 Mai iar stinga. Strada duce direct in Rontau). Eram 6: eu, Andra, Mihnea (fratele ei), verii lor (Serban si Bianca) si un prieten (Vlad).
Urcam spre sat, care se afla pe virful unui deal. Mergind pe strada principala GPS-ul arata confluenta drept inainte. Dupa vreo 2 minute de mers vedem ca ne apropiem de ultimele case din sat, iar strada principala incepe sa coboare. Ajunsesem exact la confluenta (foto 3). Altitudinea: 179 m.
Pe partea stinga, deci cam spre nord, se afla biserica penticostala Rontau (foto 4), de fapt o casa din sat. In fata, spre est, se vedea un deal impadurit, iar in vale citeva cladiri din Baile 1 Mai (foto 1). Foto 2 este evidenta. Foto 5 este inspre sud-est si arata 2 case, una traditionala (cea de un singur nivel – pesemne case secuiesti, aproape toate sunt la fel in sat) si una mai noua (cea cu etaj). Foto 7 arata strada pe unde am venit, inspre vest. Se pot vedea mai multe case. Sursa de hrana a rontauanilor in foto 6.
Ziua urmatoare am plecat spre Bucuresti, iar pe drum ne-am abatut pe la 47N23E.