One more trip which was about another dimension of travel than a physical location of the site. Time rather than place, weather and light rather than anything material that could be found there. It’s both easy and difficult to go on such trip. Since it’s mainly about the effects of the time of the day and weather, each direction is good. However, considering it lasts for a very short period of time you can’t take all directions and see the magic of early morning everywhere around. The thing that helped me to choose the way that time was my main destination—Geamăna, an abandoned village in Romania. In order to reach it I had to cross a misty forest hiding some old wooden buildings—the only sign that the area is not completely forgotten.
One of the most famous and beautiful abandoned places in Romania. Proudly holding the name of the Roman god of the sea, these baths attract attention even of those who come to the resort town where the great building is situated because of the primary purpose of the area rather than to explore forgotten places. I didn’t spend too much time there, however, this one hour or so was enough to see passersby stopping by the magnificent walls and trying to see what is hidden inside.
DISCLAIMER. Timișoara is a nice city with lots of interesting places to see, including historical monuments and museums. The decision to spend some time in the grey suburbs of the city instead of its lively centre was the result of my subjective opinion. This article cannot be treated as a travel guide while planning a trip to Timișoara.
The last stop of the bus that went in the direction I needed was just where Timișoara ends, and this is how some ‘extra’ area to explore appeared in my trip plan—no matter how unplanned. The thing that made me stop there were some old neglected buildings and atmosphere so different from the city centre.
A good thing about travelling by train is that before reaching the main destination you can find some railway objects to explore right near the station where you arrive. That is always a nice surprise, especially as you don’t plan to see anything there. An example of such unexpected find are decaying railway carriages that I saw near the train station in a town in southwestern Romania. I was also lucky to go there early in the morning when the area was covered with the colours of sunrise and street lights.
One of the trips spent exploring abandoned places in the Czech Republic brought me to an old decaying villa situated in the southern part of the country. At first sight the exterior of the building was more beautiful than its interior, which in other words means that there was no point to stay inside longer. However, there was one ‘hellish’ detail in the villa which had an impact on its atmosphere and made me spend there a bit more time.
One sunny May morning I went to Mažonys (Lithuania), a village which is so small that even a bus driver didn’t know where exactly it is situated. Just another settlement far from big cities, and at first sight seems that there’s nothing extraordinary about it. However, one of the houses there is so unusual that I simply couldn’t not go there.
I never miss an opportunity to explore pet cemeteries. What I like the most about such places is their specific atmosphere—kitschy and sentimental decorations together with the purpose of these sites turn them into something weird and beutiful—in their own way. After visiting pet cemeteries in Lithuania, Poland (the old one as well as its new part) and Moldova, it was time to visit the one Prague (Czech Republic). Despite the official name ‘Psí hřbitov’, or ‘Dog Cemetery’, there also other pets buried there, even cats—the eternal enemies of dogs. The area is rather small, however, it’s full of graves, and the rest of it is overgrown with trees and bushes. This composition of nature and kitschy decorations as usual turned the place into something extraordinary and inviting to explore it.
The more I travel, the more often I realise how big is the influence that time of day can have on particular site. When I went to Moldova, one of the places that I wanted to see was Țaul, a village located in the northern part of the country. However, as I didn’t find any transport going there, the only reasonable way to reach this site was taking a night train to Tirnova, another village situated a few kilometres away. Having no other choice I did that and finally ended up waiting for the sunrise under one of the very few (if not the only one) streetlights in the settlement. No matter how weird it seemed to be at first sight, it really was worth to go to this place while it was still filled up with thick darkness. Just an hour of waiting, and early sungliht chased away the night covered the area around with the stunning shades of sunrise.
Not each place is worth more than one visit, especially if it’s just a small abandoned village house. However, I visited this decaying cabin three times and being in the area wouldn’t miss an opportunity to go there again. So what makes this site so special? Still cosy rooms coloured with the shades of decay? Lots of furniture inside letting imagine the life there? Or soft curtains of cobwebs which seems to be trying to hide the gloomy interior from the brightness outside? Let’s stop torturing our curiosit and open the old wooden doors.
My plan on that early October morning was to walk from Pouzdřany, a village in the Czech Republic, to a huge water reservoir nearby and see the first sunshine reflecting on its mirror surface. Not that much divided me from that—just a few kilometres of the forest. However, darkness was too thick and a path crossing it too twisted, so I had to look for another option. I decided to stop for a while to wait for night to fade away and that appeared to be the best idea—early October sunlight and mist turned the area into something breathtaking.