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Hiking the Carpathian Mountains

September 7, 2015
Carpathian Mountains Siniciliya Veronica Pototska Карпати

Carpathian Mountains are the second largest mountain range in Europe.

We decided to visit this region a few weeks ago to celebrate my Birthday and I still have no words to describe how beautiful and pure that region is. I was often told about the special energy of the Carpathian mountains and I got a chance to feel it myself. We only spent 4 days there and we both felt full of energy.

The whole region is about hospitality, nature, amazing food, cold rivers, lakes, forests, fresh air, mushrooms, and berries. If you ever decide to go to this region, you will feel like you returned home.

On the second day we went exploring the mountains nearby, we started at sunrise and walked for about 13 km.

The first thing that surprised me was horses and cows walking all around freely, as we found out later, they go in the morning and go home in the evening. They are not afraid and we could come up very close to them.

There are many natural springs, mushrooms, and berries.

Suddenly, we found a meadow with very old and abandoned wooden huts. We could enter inside some of them, the rooms were so tiny, I had to bend to enter the doorway and the beds inside were probably 140-150 cm long. We have grown a lot over the past centuries!

Then we reached a rehabilitation center for Brown bears, who were rescued from cruel humans and brought there.

The authorities have prepared acres of land with rivers, springs, and trees and have put a fence around this are. Unfortunately, these bears have lost their instincts while they were in circuses, private zoos, and restaurants and will never be able to survive in the wild. Some of them don’t know how to make dens so they are built for the bears! I only believe that someday humans will understand that we all are neighbors on Earth and will stop cruelty against animals.

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Location: Ukraine

Photographers: Veronica Pototska, Vitaliy Pototskiy

 

 

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75 Comments

  • Reply Lesia Chepega September 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Gorgeous!!! Both nature and you :))))

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 7, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you!)

  • Reply Alicia Marlene September 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Those pictures are beyond stunning! There is a great model in them though!

  • Reply Angelique Jurd September 8, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Wow – those are stunning photos and the trip sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you, Angelique!

  • Reply nmiller00 September 8, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Such gorgeous Pics! I love the landscape!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Inspiration Indulgence September 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Gosh I just love your blog photograpy! Makes me so jealous!!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Anne Campbell September 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    This is stunningly beautiful.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you, Anne

  • Reply Antonio V. September 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Absolutely stunning and breathtaking photos!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you, Antonio!

  • Reply keatingbartlett September 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been meaning to plan a hiking trip for this fall. The mountains are so beautiful!

  • Reply Pierced Wonderings September 9, 2015 at 12:39 am

    What a great set of photos! That is a seriously beautiful place and you have captured it so perfectly!

    I host a weekly photography link-up called Photo Friday; I’d love it if you considering joining us. This is a perfect post for it!

  • Reply momwithf September 9, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Wow! OMG! It is absolutely amazing… the nature and you too! Who took pics? (S)He’s a genius! Love your blog and posts…

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Thank you, Darling! These photographs belong to both me and my husband!

  • Reply jillconyers September 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Seriously beautiful photos. The Carpathian Mountains is the primary location in a book series I’ve read. It’s cool to see the photos and remember the book in a geeky sort of way 🙂

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:44 am

      It is very nice that people around the world know these mountains! What was the book that you’ve read?

  • Reply Because I Said So (@allison_ellzey) September 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    OMG what an adventure! The pictures are gorgeous and I’m sure don’t even do the place justice!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Thank you! The place is much more beautiful than one could capture!

  • Reply Kelly September 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Wow. This place and these pictures are amazing!! It must be so surreal to be there and have the animals roaming free and able to be so close to them.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Thank you, Kelly! I really love animals and this experience was amazing!

  • Reply Carmela Pop September 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    WOW The pictures are beautiful!!!!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Thank you, Carmela!

  • Reply Ashlyn {A Mom in Training Blog} September 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Happy belated birthday! Your pictures are stunning! How old do you think those huts were? I would’ve loved to see a picture of what it looked like inside!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Thank you Aslyn,I will try to send some pictures to you!

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations September 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, those pictures are gorgeous! It looks incredible! The rehabilitation center sounds neat, although obviously it’s sad that it’s needed.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:37 am

      Thank you, Justine!

  • Reply The Nueva Latina September 10, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    GORGEOUS!! Both you and the scenery! Lol =) I really need to start giving in to my travel bug! Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:37 am

      Thank you!!

  • Reply chefjoe11 September 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Such beautiful photos!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Thank you!!!

  • Reply Jenn @BecauseImCheap (@BecauseImCheap) September 11, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I wish I could pull off such gorgeous photos! Beautiful 🙂

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 12, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Thank you, Jenn!

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness September 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    GAAAAH your photos look like something out of a fairytale! SERIOUSLY! I must get here sometime in my life. WOW

  • Reply Cori September 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  • Reply colette.u@gmail.com February 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! They make me want to pack a bag, grab a plane ticket, and head to Europe! Inspiring.

  • Reply momssmallvictories February 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos, I love the one of the sun beaming down on you with your hands raised. It looks like such a beautiful and serene hike. Happy belated birthday!

  • Reply littlemisscant February 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    So, I have this book series that I have been reading and one of the locations in their books is the Carpathian mountains. Love that I now have a visual for what I thought they looked like. I pictured something similar to the rocky mountains but I was totally off!

  • Reply Koninika February 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Serene and peaceful. That’s how I felt looking at your blog. It captures the scenes beautifully but is almost poetic in nature. Inspired me to write about something like that. Great photography.

  • Reply Skye February 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking!!! I’m not much a fan of hiking but I would go now, knowing how amazing the scenery is! So gorgeous

  • Reply Roxanne February 6, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Such a stunning area! Not at all what I imagined in the Ukraine. I ahree I hope we can end animal enslavement for goood.

  • Reply lesleycarter February 6, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Absolutely stunning photos! I love the waterfall.

  • Reply laura londergan February 6, 2016 at 5:12 am

    wow these pics are amazing & look like postcards! I love the one with the dew on the grass.

  • Reply Debra February 6, 2016 at 5:21 am

    These photos are absolutely so beautiful! I love the composition of them and what an amazing experience!

  • Reply Ana De Jesus February 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    My goodness you came face to face with an actual live bear how did that feel? Your photos are gorgeous as always, do you use a macro lens sometimes?

  • Reply Kimberly February 6, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    That is such a beautiful place. I love the lush greenery.

  • Reply ohnikkashae February 7, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Wow, beautiful pics!! Now the bear situation I would of been so scared!!!

  • Reply Mar February 7, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Your photography is amazing! love how you get pictures on all different levels. What kind of camera do you use?

  • Reply Rebecca B. February 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    What an absolutely stunning place to visit!! I love the serenity of the mountains!!

  • Reply Olfa Turki February 7, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    What a wonderful day to go out and hike. Your photos are amazing!

  • Reply Kacie February 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    The Carpathian Mountains look like they’re out of a movie. As usual, BEAUTIFUL photos! I’m always envious of your travels. 🙂

  • Reply Heather February 7, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Wow! That is breathtaking! What an amazing experience for your birthday. I would love to visit someday…

  • Reply Yona Williams February 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    It’s so weird, that first photo makes it look like you’d be the only one in the area while hiking. Learn something new every day – did not know that these Mountains are the second largest mountain range in Europe.

  • Reply Brianna George February 8, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Oh your photos are gorgeous! Wondering if you might release one or two to me to use in my blog? 🙂

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya February 8, 2016 at 4:12 am

      Brianna, sure, you may pick the ones you like! I’d appreciate a link to my blog for credentials )

  • Reply Pam February 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    These images are gorgeous! They look like they belong on the cover of a fairy tale! Thanks so much for sharing this great find. 🙂

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy March 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Lovely..lovely photos, and lovely you! These photos bring out every details of your adventure. This can be future reference to travel around Europe.

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) March 10, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    That sounds lovely! I would love to go for a hike there one day, too. Love all your pictures.

  • Reply Ana De Jesus March 10, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I hope that you had a lovely birthday and its true I hope that humans learn to look after each other and the animals that inhabit the earth without conflict. Gorgeous photos as always!

  • Reply logan Can March 11, 2016 at 12:01 am

    The mountains are breathtaking! And holy cow! You saw a bear? That is so nuts and really cool! haha I would have probably run instead of think to take a photo. I love your sunbeam photos!

  • Reply Sequins in the South (@CarlsonLaci) March 11, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Wow !!! That is nature perfection I love to hike !! What great shots

  • Reply laura londergan March 11, 2016 at 5:53 am

    what a beautiful countryside this is. The pictures you take are always so full of life

  • Reply michele! March 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    That horse? LOVE!!!! Everything looks so beautiful… and green!

  • Reply Roxanne March 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Stunning photos and what amazing view to start a sunrise walk! I don’t know what I’d do if I were that close to a bear tho!

  • Reply colette @ restyle it wright March 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Can you imagine waking up in one of those little huts every morning to that view? Wow! Makes you really appreciate the beauty of our world.

  • Reply Louise Bishop March 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I am extremely jealous of all the traveling adventures you get to have! So many gorgeous places! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply onceuponadollhouse March 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    What an amazing birthday trip. Your photography is beautiful. XO

  • Reply Amber NElson March 12, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Wow, what beauty! I am loving those photos!

  • Reply Debra March 12, 2016 at 3:02 am

    All of your adventures look just so amazing! I love looking at all of your photos. Oh so gorgeous!

  • Reply Claireaire March 12, 2016 at 5:23 am

    These pictures are absolutely stunning! Looks like an amazing place!

  • Reply Nicole March 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Amazing photos. What a beautiful place to visit and I love horses they are my favorite animal I’m just scared of them. Did you actually take that pic of the best? Yikes but definitely some gorgeous photos.

  • Reply Rebecca K. Sampson (@RebeccaKSampson) March 14, 2016 at 12:27 am

    These photos are STUNNING! I seriously would not be surprised if people used them as desktop wallpapers.

    Be the author of your own story,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

  • Reply kancell724 March 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    What really lovely photographs. It looks so beautiful there. Amazing!

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