In the woods at the Nerei Gorge, Romania
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In the woods at the Nerei Gorge, Romania

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We climb the stones and, at a certain moment, we are just above Nera – our narrow path floating over the river as it meanders on the edge of a vertical wall. The landscape changes constantly – some of the time we walk on a flat surface, admiring the green ridges around us and we even see traces of habitation in the form of haystacks; other times, we climb on the steep rocks that appear in front of us out of the blue; a few time we even cross the river on beautiful wooden foot bridges or traverse fields of wild flowers.

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A: Suspended wooden bridge over the Nera in the Nerei Gorges, Romania

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Suspended wooden bridge over the Nera in the Nerei Gorges, Romania

B: La Vaioaga Waterfall in the Beiului Valley, Romania

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C: Bulls cave in the Nerei Gorge

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E: The Nerei Gorges (1)

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I: The Devil's Lake in the Nera Gorges

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J: The Nera river at the beginning of the Nera Gorges, Romania

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