The Transfăgărăşan Highway DN7C
This is a military highway constructed across the Carparthian mountains in Romania to permit Romanian troops to manoeuvre in the event of war.
The English motorsport programme Top Gear visited the highway in Series 14 Episode 1. Jeremy Clarkson, driving an Aston Martin , Richard Hammond driving a Ferrari and James May, driving a Lamborghini Gallardo drove to Romania.
The trio drive from the Black Sea Coast to the Transfăgărăşan Highway to exersize their magnificent automobiles.
NATO TPC F3-A, Romania. Section showing the Transfăgărăşan Highway
Expecting to find Romania much like the scenes in the film Borat , they were surprised to discover the Black Sea Coast of Romania populated with expensive hotels, the parking lots of which were filled with the kind of automobiles that the three presenters were driving. The Black Sea coast, from Romania through the Ukraine to the Krimea is the riviera of the Soviet Union . Beautiful scenery, clement weather, sandy beaches and large Dachas . The party Apparaciks of the Soviet times all had their large Dacha's here. Obviously, Stalin had the best.
Winston Churchill describes his visit there during the Yalta Conference.
Ian Fleming writes into the opening scenes of his novel From Russia with Love (1957) a Dacha on the coast of the Krimea:
»A blue and green dragon-fly flashed out from among the rose bushes at the end of the garden and hovered in mid-air a few inches above the base of the man's spine. It had been attracted by the golden shimmer of the June sunshine on the ridge of fine blond hairs above the coccyx. A puff of breeze came off the sea. The tiny field of hairs bent gently. The dragon-fly darted nervously sideways and hung above the man's left shoulder, looking down. The young grass below the man's open mouth stirred. A large drop of sweat rolled down the side of the fleshy nose and dropped glittering into the grass. That was enough. The dragon-fly flashed away through the roses and over the jagged glass on top of the high garden wall. It might be good food, but it moved.
The garden in which the man lay was about an acre of well-kept lawn surrounded on three sides by thickly banked rose bushes from which came the steady murmur of bees. Behind the drowsy noise of the bees the sea boomed softly at the bottom of the cliff at the end of the garden.
There was no view of the sea from the garden-no view of anything except of the sky and the clouds above the twelve-foot wall. In fact you could only see out of the property from the two upstairs bedrooms of the villa that formed the fourth side of this very private enclosure. From them you could see a great expanse of blue water in front of you and, on either side, the upper windows of neighbouring villas and the tops of the trees in their gardens-Mediterranean-type evergreen oaks, stone pines, casuarinas and an occasional palm tree.«
Communism preserved the Warsaw Pact countries much as they were left in 1945, except for the addition of giant concrete industrial structures, now returning to nature, and much of Romania reamins unchanged from this.
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