Ponicova cave and the starting of our adventure in Nera’s Gorges

June 15, 2013 in Travel





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Do you remember my trip to Danube River at Cazanele Dunarii from April? It has passed some time, but I promised to continue and to show you guys the whole story of our adventure. Next day we had our picnic breakfast…

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then we continued our trip to a visit to the Iron Gates hydropower, from where I have no photos to show you, as it was forbidden to take pictures and after visiting the ruins of Vodita church…
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..we took a walk in the Orsova city near the Danube River. This small city was really nice, with a long promenade just near the river and stopped for a coffee at Illy’s cafe terrace on Danube’s shore – simply amazing location.

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…but we were in a hurry as we thought we would like to take a boat on the river to visit “Danube’s Boilers” from the boat. We weren’t very lucky, as the water was too retired and it was impossible to bring the boats to the shore. But we knew there’s a cave close to us that we loved to visit. We lost too much time asking around for a boat, and we were left with only 2h of light. This is why we weren’t able to cross it all the way to the other side at the Danube river, actually we only saw a bit of the entrance as the path from the road to the cave was filled with huge rocks, water and hiking and descending took a lot of time. I don’t know how it looks to you from these photos but the huge rocks looked to me like they were ready to fall over us soon..oh and the rocks were so slippery that I had to crawl on those giants! We had no flip flops to pass through water so we had to return :). My husband was really upset about it but …well I was not really that sorry as I’m not very adventurous when it comes to heights and slippery huge rocks, and I told him that I’m very sorry about the shoes…but maybe we will have the chance to see it next time when we visit these wonderful places again, as we surely will!…not..lol

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I was hungry and cold and tired and I promised myself I’m not gonna go to any more dangerous places anymore. The night came so quickly and we started counting falling stars again…

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Next day we headed to our next destination: Nera’s Gorges. We heard so many things about this place..crystal clear turquoise water colors, rocky paths, digged tunnels in rocks but also the dangerous viper snakes that inhabit these places. But before arriving to The National Park of Nera’s Gorges, we crossed near the shores of Danube River at a wonderful place called Danub’s Defile(Defileul Dunarii) , it’s the narrowing place of the Danube from where the Danube Boiler, I’ve told you about in the previous post, is a part of, but it continues for some more miles with some other wonderful natural and historical sites, like Tri Kule 14th Century medieval fortress that was built to prevent Turkish westward infiltration. Or the Golubac fortress, that can be seen from Romanian’s part of the Danube, but lies actually on Serbian territory, or the huge strange rock “Baba Caia” in the middle of the river. I hope I managed to bring you closer to these beauties through my fast taking photos on the way to Nera’s Gorges.

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We first had to find a place where we should leave our car and continue our trip through the Nera’s Gorges by foot. It will be a total of 40-50km by foot carrying huge backpacks(my husband had one of 20kg and mine was 10kg) with no access to the car. We decided to camp in a safe place for our car – Camping Bei, even if it meant a longer path by foot for us. For the evening we arrived and the next day we had no plans just to chill and visit the places nearby, before the long trip we were not actually really sure we are going to cover it all the way. First thing we did: we made our tent, then we headed to the trout fishery to purchase 2 trouts for our dinner :D I actually was ready to go alone to purchase them while my husband would have made the tent. I’m not really sure why I didn’t but I was really lucky, 2 huge dogs “welcomed” us running and barking to the opened gate. I thought that maybe we would have the chance to get to the car, that was a few meters away, and I ran, but as they approached really fast we stood still hoping they will leave us alone eventually… and they did after a while. So we entered with the car at the “slaughter”/fishery house just to find other 8 huge dogs just like the previous 2. The people there told us, uh they won’t bite you! So now we should have thanked them for letting us know!!!?? Got back with the fish and also we made sure we will always take the pepper spray with us in the wild from now on. We prepared our dinner as shown below and spent a wonderful night near a campfire playing with the logs in flames. To be continued..Ochiul bei and the waterfalls at neras gorges
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