• Thailand With a Baby Stroller

    Thailand With a Baby Stroller

  • Romania explained to my friends abroad

    Romania explained to my friends abroad

  • Why We Love Vienna

    Why We Love Vienna

  • Who Were The Dacians?

    Who Were The Dacians?

  • Searching for Dracula in Romania

    Searching for Dracula in Romania

  • Ambassador of Romania

    Apr 15, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Ambassador of Romania

    I realized that each of us is an ambassador of Romania. So why wouldn’t we try, dear Romanian friends, at home or when traveling abroad – to be good ambassadors? We and only we could change Romania’s image. What’s missing here, at least for the moment? Self-respect and respect for the other, patriotism and the courage to works and fulfill our dreams...

  • Our Polenta

    Apr 2, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Our Polenta

    Romanians define themselves as a polenta people and Romania is the land of polenta. Nowadays, this dish has become a national phrase, but it lacks a proper marketing to make it a successful commercial cooking brand, like the Hungarian goulash, the Bulgarian yogurt, the Turkish saslîk or even the Mexican tortillas, a simple baked corn cake, which is served with chili paste and burns the intestines of millions worldwide daily. From the traditional Romanian cookbook the polenta entered in the history and cultural anthropology book. ...

  • THE FIRST ROMANIAN MUMMY

    Mar 12, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    THE FIRST ROMANIAN MUMMY

    A century old enigma solved. In 1908, professor Mina Minovici, the founder of the Forensic Institute in Bucharest, mummified the body of an old beggar. The mummy spent most of the following 95 years in a window case at the Institute. ...

  • ‘The Rise and Fall of Saxon Transylvania’: A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa

    Feb 28, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    ‘The Rise and Fall of Saxon Transylvania’: A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa

    Reading this book was a thrilling experience for me. It took me to those times when the Saxons came to Transylvania, settled and made progress there, as well as left that place for better destinations. Thus, the Saxons came to Transylvania without meaning to disturb the peace and quiet of those parts, but to establish themselves there on the chance of a better living standard. ...

  • Balan: A City At A Crossroads

    Feb 20, 14 • Good ReadsNo Comments
    Balan: A City At A Crossroads

    What Romanian miners do when their mine is closed down...

  • The Archetypal Shepherd

    Feb 7, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    The Archetypal Shepherd

    Far from being the scientist warriors – as described by historian Jordanes – Dacians were especially animal growers. This photo is emblematic for a land where shepherding seems to be at home from the beginning of times…...

  • Asylum For The Great-grandmother of Southern Romanian Churches

    Feb 5, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Asylum For The Great-grandmother of Southern Romanian Churches

    The oldest wooden church in the south of Romania was recemtly restored and relocated – from the cemetery of a hamlet called Carpinisu, in the village of Pietrari, to the Museum of Valcea County Villages in Bujoreni. This is already the fourth address of the monument, included in the Romanian cultural patrimony and used as a storage facility in the past few years...

  • Readers’ cmmts to “The Man They Killed on Christmas Day”

    Feb 4, 14 • Blog, Good ReadsNo Comments
    Readers’ cmmts to “The Man They Killed on Christmas Day”

    Martyn 'Grog' Grove: I've just finished reading "The Man They Killed on Christmas Day", and found it very illuminating. When I watched the events of 24 years ago on TV, I could not believe what was going on. I've been interested in Vlad Tepes for some time, and in August 1989 I visited Romania and toured around, visiting Bucharest, Curtea De Arges, Sibiu, Tirgu Mures, Sighisoara, Brasov, Ploiesti and the Black Sea coast at Mamaia. I found the people and the countryside wonderful. We were obviously kept ignorant of what was going on, politically, because the later events came as such a shock to me. I knew a...

  • Last Call: The Pipe Of The Moti

    Jan 28, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Last Call: The Pipe Of The Moti

    Isolated in scattered homesteads at the top of the mountains, the old time dwellers of the Apuseni Mountains – the Moti – used the long pipe called tulnic both as a musical instrument and as a sort of mobile phone. Its profound, troubling sounds made up a whole communication code. „That’s how shepherds, or girls and boys talked to each other, each from their own hilltop. And that’s how they called men to war”, says Paraschiva Petruse, 53, from Patrahaite[ti, Alba, one of the few women in the Apuseni Mountains who still know how to play the tulnic. The communication code has been lost and today,...

  • Danube Delta as seen by Helmut Ignat

    Jan 27, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Danube Delta as seen by Helmut Ignat

    Photographer Helmut Ignat is a National Geographic photographer who shot Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve as no one else. I could say he is addicted it. Below Helmut is telling us about his love story with Danube’s Delta...