Bucovina is a territory in the North-Eastern part of Romania and it’s famous for its painted monasteries that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. I wanted to go and see them a long time ago but to do this long drive (460 km from Bucharest) alone wasn’t very appealing. So I convinced Judit to come with me; it was an easy job!

The painted monasteries were built mostly in the 15th-16th centuries and they exhibit a unique architecture and painting style both on the inner and the outer walls. It’s amazing how well some of the outside paintings were preserved withstanding the weather for all those centuries.

Humor Monastery (1530-1535)

The paintings show scenes from the Bible and they are like comic strips telling stories.

Stories on the walls of Voronet Monastery
Heaven and Hell: the angels and devils fight for the souls

The outside walls were painted because after a while the congregation was too large to fit into the church for the services. Even today, people stay and pray outside during the service. The dome of the church was built in a unique way as well to give the church special acoustic qualities so the sermon could be heard outside as well. Today the special acoustics is helped by loudspeakers!

The Monastery of Voronet (1488) is one of the most beautiful ones!

Voronet Monastery

Outside the monastery we met some nice doggies but they were very lazy!

Lazy but very cute dogs – stray dogs are all over the country

The Bucovinian landscape is also very beautiful, too bad we didn’t have more time to take some walks!

When we stopped to take pictures of the landscape a friendly face was watching us.

We also stopped in Suceava, the main city of the area. It once was the capital of Moldova. Today it is the capital of the county of the same name. It has a nice village museum showing how peasants lived in the old days.

Judit on the veranda of a Bucovinian peasant house

Raven Crag, Yewdale, Scrambling

The rain stopped sometime in the middle of the night, but by the time we got up the atmosphere was still decidedly damp. We knew even Pavey Ark wouldn’t be dry. So, we decided to do a scramble… We chose Raven Crag in Yewdale as it’s close to the road and not too tricky on slippery slimey wet winter rock, plus as a bonus, Richard hadn’t been to that area of the Lakes before.

Laetitia at the top of the first section of slabby scrambling
Richard starting the first steeper section
Pete following

There was an opportunity on the ridge to do honour to the absent master of catalogue photo posing

Catalogue poses?

On the walk off we noticed what can only be described as giant sheep turds! Then found the real culprits…

Belted Galloway

We arrived at Hodge Close and had a poke about the in the cave linking it to Parrock Quarry. All the rock climbs were dripping or running with water – not a day for slate climbing! But if we get another big freeze, perhaps a place for some interesting ice-smear climbing? :freeze:

Hodge Close
Laetitia & Richard walking back to the car through Tilberthwaite in a spell of sun shine!

After all that bumbling, scrambling, and fresh air it was of course time for cakes! :yum: Chesters at Skelwith Bridge served up its usual tasty morsels, even if we are quite disappointed that they have taken away the comfy chairs that used to furnish the café – it seems in favour of smaller chairs so as to cram more people in and therefore make more money! 🙁

Lemon Meringue pie...
...and an Apricot and Almond slice!